It was ugly, it was sloppy, and at times the home team Warhawks looked as if they just couldn't get up for a win less Western Kentucky ball club. Maybe they were looking ahead to a road contest against in state rival Louisiana-Lafayette. Perhaps they looked past the Hilltoppers? Whatever it was it almost cost them their sixth victory of the season and a bowl eligible status.
The Warhawks (6-4 5-1) out gained the toppers 136-17 offensively in the first quarter but couldnt put any points on the board. Three first half turnovers led directly to 9 points for WKU. The Warhawks got on the board in the second quarter when Trey Revell scampered 9 yards for the 7-0 lead. Western Kentucky would then hit 4 straight field goals to take a 12-7 halftime lead.
ULM had a chance to put WKU in a big hole when Luther Ambrose returned a kickoff 88 yards for touchdown but a holding penalty on Ty Kittle wiped it out. Penalties would be a recurring theme for the Warhawks all night as they were flagged 13 times for 113 yards.
Special teams were again a big problem as Radi Jabour's struggles as a kicker continue. ULM drove 54 yards on 12 plays and took 9:54 off the clock only to see Jabour's 36 yard field goal blocked.
It wasn't until the first play of the fourth quarter that ULM took it's first lead of the game. Frank Goodin took the hand off, made a nice move to avoid a would be tackler and then sprinted 48 yards for the touchdown.
All of a sudden the WKU (0-8 0-6) offense would come to life as they drove 80 yards on 9 plays to reclaim the lead on a one yard quarterback sneak. WKU went for a questionable 2pt conversion that failed leaving the score 18-14 WKU.
ULM came right back after the Hilltopper score and drove 58 yards on 11 plays and reclaimed the lead once again when Rodney Lovett scored from 2 yards out on third down.
Thanks to WKU's decision to go for two they found themselves down by three and only able to tie the game with a field goal. The Hiltoppers got their chance but Casey Tinius pushed a 32 yard field goal and the Warhawks escaped with the victory.
ULM outgained WKU 441-383 and rushed for 290 yards in the process. Frank Goodin led all rushers with 169 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Rodney Lovett rushed for 59 yards and a score and Trey Revell added 40 yards and a score.
Revell really struggled throwing the football finishing with just 159 yards on 10/19 with 2 interceptions.
With the win ULM becomes bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons. The Warhawks will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette next week to take on the Cajuns in a critical SBC matchup.