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Warhawks Senior Day Spoiled in Loss

Jerimee Washington, [email protected]

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Offense was the story of the game for both teams. The Warhawks racked up 590 total yards, but Arkansas State posted 781 as they defeated the Warhawks 67-50 in a shootout. Junior receiver Marcus Green was the player of the game as he made plays all over the field on both kick return and on offense. Green posted a career best 193 receiving yards on his way to 418 all-purpose yards.

“I had no idea about the records,” Green said.” I mean, I knew about the kick return record for touchdowns but the all-purpose yard record and all that, I had no idea. I just wanted to come out with a win tonight and we weren’t able to do that.

ULM was in striking distance of cutting the lead to three own a late 4th quarter drive. The score was 60-50 as sophomore quarterback Caleb Evans looked for a quick score. On the ensuing play Evans made a questionable throw that fluttered I the air and fell in the hands of an Arkansas State defender. They returned the interception 85-yards to pay dirt shutting out ULM’S hopes of a comeback.

“The three turnovers in the first half really hurt us,” ULM head coach Matt Viator said. “From the start of the game … it was one of those games where we needed to keep pace. The three turnovers in the first half really hurt us.”

The Warhawks were aggressive on offense and scored at will, but their defense couldn’t hold up as their depleted linebacker core was being attacked. In the first quarter ULM surged ahead for a 14-7 lead, but Arkansas state scored 14 unanswered to take the lead 28-21. In the first half the Warhawks gave up 3 turnovers which changed the flow of the game. ULM went into halftime losing some of its momentum but they were within 7 points and were in good position to score.

In the second half the Warhawks kept the back and forth scoring affair going, but they wanted to get a stop on defense to give them some breathing room before heading into the fourth quarter. Arkansas State would score back to back touchdowns to stretch their lead to 42-21. The Warhawks went on a scoring streak of their own as junior receiver Marcus Green’s electrifying 95-yard kick off return and junior receiver RJ Turner’s 27-yard catch cut the Red Wolves lead to seven.

The turning point of the game for the Warhawks defense was the interception by sophomore linebacker Lee Marshall. Marshall, a walk-on made a great read to pick off the Arkansas State quarterback which gave ULM some much needed momentum.

ULM would eventually cut the lead to four off a six-yard touchdown run by Evans, but the Red Wolves answered back with a two play 73-yard touchdown drive that made the score 57-43.

The Warhawks never recovered from the deficit and fell to the Red Wolves in another barn burner game in Malone Stadium.

The Warhawks will wrap up their season on Saturday against Florida State, kickoff is scheduled for 11a.m.

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Warhawks Senior Day Spoiled in Loss