October 3, 2009

ULM over FIU

A slow and sluggish start for the Warhawks in the first quarter was erased with a surge of offense as ULM (3-2, 2-0) sent the 17,610 at the homecoming contest away with a 48-35 victory over FIU (0-4, 0-1). The victory marks the first time in school history that the Warhawks have three wins through the first five games

At the end of the first quarter, ULM had managed just 71 yards of total offense, and didn't collect their first 1st down until the 4:51 mark of the quarter. A pair of interceptions thrown by Trey Revell gave FIU an opportunity, but they were only able to capitalize on one. FIU qb Paul McCall connected with WR Greg Ellingson for a 21-yard score following a Scott Bryant interception early in the first quarter, giving FIU a 7-0 lead with Dustin Rivest's PAT.

ULM would then even the score in the second quarter, as Revell scored his third rushing TD of the season from nine yards out. Revell would continue to rush well through the game though, as he would set a new career record with 59 yards. Revell has scored three of the last four ULM rushing TDs.

"That's our game, we like to pound it and we like to throw it, whatever is working for us that particular game, that's what we are going to do," Revell said of the Warhawk's shift to a running attack against FIU.

Leading the offensive ground attack was junior running back Frank Goodin. "Frank is a tough hard nosed runner, puts his foot in ground takes it north and south," Head Coach Charlie Weatherbie said following the game. "I'm excited about the way we ran the ball; we had over 300 yards rushing."

Goodin would then take over sole possession of 8th place in the all-time rushing career list, as he punched in a nine yard score. The score by Goodin set a new career high with his sixth of the season, and paced his new season and career high in yardage with 163 yards and three scores. His most impressive run of the game came at the 11:26 mark in the third quarter, when he dashed 35 yards to the endzone.

"With the offensive line doing what they are doing, and the receivers catching the ball and blocking down field, it's making my job easier," Goodin said about his game performance. Despite putting up a career day for the Warhawks, he remains humble in his play. "I try not to think about numbers, I just run hard every time I get the ball."

In addition to his career rushing night, Revell set new career highs in completions and passing yards, as he completed 19-35 for 273, a pair of passing scores, and threw one interception.

One of Revell's two passing scores to Darrell McNeal was in the second quarter. The short four yard toss in the back of the south end zone was reviewed after being called a score. The play stayed and put the Warhawks back on top with a 21-14 lead. McNeal's six receptions extended his consecutive reception streak to 27 games and moved into sole possession of fifth place in all-time receptions.

The Warhawks will now have an extended time off, as they prepare for a nationally televised ESPN2 game against conference foe Arkansas State (1-3, 0-1) on Tuesday, October 13.

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