UL-Lafayette took advantage of ULM miscues to win a back-and-forth game, 21-17, on a cold and rainy night on Saturday at Cajun Field.
ULM held the Ragin Cajuns to just 314 yards of total offense; however the Warhawks turned the ball over three times and missed a 27-yard field goal. ULL (6-5, 4-3 Sun Belt) rushed for just 62 yards, but scored three 1-yard rushing touchdowns for all of its points in the game.
Brad McGuire, ULL's back-up quarterback, scored two of the touchdowns and Yobes Walker ran in the other. McGuire's second score of the night proved to be the game-winner with 7:16 to play in the game.
The Warhawks (6-5, 5-2) took the ball down to the ULL 37-yard line on the following possession and were faced with a 4th-and-1. ULM was flagged for a false start forcing a punt from Scott Love which went downed at the UL-Lafayette 6-yard line.
The Ragin Cajuns were able to pick up one first down and move the ball out to the 21-yard line before the ULM defense forced a punt with 1:26 to play in the game. Luther Ambrose couldn't handle the rolling punt and Grant Fleming fell on the ball to end any ULM comeback hopes.
Chris Masson completed 16-of-27 passes for 252 yards to lead the ULL attack. His favorite target was tight end Ladarius Green who caught seven passes for 131 yards.
ULM quarterback Trey Revell could never get in a rhythm completing 8-of-12 attempts for just 91 yards. He threw his 11th touchdown pass of the season, but also threw a pair of interceptions.
Warhawk running back Frank Goodin topped the 100-yard mark for the third consecutive game and fifth time of the season with 108 yards on 22 carries. He moved into sixth place on the ULM single-season rushing list with 1,086 yards.
ULL needed only three minutes to crack the scoreboard as Walker capped an 8-play opening drive with his 1-yard touchdown run.
The Ragin Cajuns looked like they were going to extend the lead on their next drive with first down on the ULM 23-yard line. However, the ULM defense stood firm with three straight negative plays to force a punt.
The ULM offense responded with a 12-play, 89-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 7-7. J.J. McCoy kept the drive alive pulling down a 19-yard strike from Revell on a 3rd-and 13 on the ULL 40-yard line. Four plays later Revell scored from four yards out for his fifth rushing touchdown of the season - the most by a ULM quarterback since Kinsmon Lancaster had the same number in 2006.
The Warhawks appeared to take a 14-7 lead just before halftime on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Revell to Anthony McCall. However, the officials took the points off the board as the replay official ruled there was indisputable video evidence to reverse the call by saying McCall dropped the ball.
Radi Jabour then came out and booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Warhawks a 10-7 lead with 3:21 to play before the break.
ULL regained the lead with 12 seconds to play before halftime on McGuire's first score of the night. ULL converted a 4th-and-1 on its own 42-yard line to keep the drive alive and on the next play Masson hit Green for 52 yards down to the ULM 4-yard line. McGuire's touchdown run came three plays later.
Keavon Milton put the Warhawks back on top, 17-14, with an 11-yard touchdown reception from Revell. It was Milton's second reception of the season and both have gone for touchdowns.
The Warhawks missed a prime opportunity to extend their lead with 1st-and-goal on the ULL 7-yard line. Following a 3-yard run, Revell couldn't handle the second-down snap and threw an incomplete pass on third down. Jabour then missed a 27-yard field wide left to keep the score 17-14 in ULM's favor with 11:51 to play in the game.
Following the missed field goal, ULL drove 80 yards on 12 plays capped by McGuire's game-winner to snap ULM's three-game win streak at Cajun Field.
Aaron Morgan moved into second place all-time in Sun Belt history and fourth all-time in ULM history with 22 career sacks after dropping Masson on ULL's first possession of the game.
The Warhawks conclude the regular season next Saturday when they host Middle Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. in Malone Stadium. The game will be televised live on the Sun Belt Network.