Turnovers Costly For Warhawks

The ULM Warhawks were in a giving mood on Saturday night and that proved to be costly against the #10 team in the nation.

It wasn't bad enough ULM was going to be playing without it's top two wide receivers in LaGregory Sapp and Darrell McNeal but throw in 2 fumbles and a punt return for a touchdown, and you have a recipe for disaster.

The Auburn Tigers took advantage of ULM miscues early on in building a 17-0 halftime lead and did it with less than 100 total yards in the first half.

Auburn defensive end Michael Goggans scooped up a fumble at the 9 yard line and scored on the Warhawks very first offensive snap of the game. ULM Quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster was blindsided (see insert below) by Tiger defensive end Antonio Coleman causing the fumble.

The Tigers would strike again and this time it would be on special teams. Robert Dunn returned a punt 66 yards to pay dirt giving Auburn a 14-0 lead with :04 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Auburn would tack on a late field goal and go into the half with a 17-0 lead.

Not much went right for the Warhawks on offense as they tallied just 220 yards. ULM Quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster completed 20/38 passes for 136 yards with a long of 21. Lancaster was sacked two times and finished the day with 33 rush yards on 11 carries.

Auburn would catch a big break to start the second half when true freshman Luther Ambrose would take the kickoff and fumble, giving the ball back to the Tigers. Three plays later Brad Lester would punch it in giving Auburn a 24-0 lead.

Still throwing the ball with 6 minutes left in the game, Auburn put a token touchdown on the board when Chris Todd found Chris Slaughter in the back of the end zone making the final score 34-0 Auburn.

The Warhawks got good performances out of TE Zeek Zacharie (8 rec 61 yards) and Anthony McCall (3 rec 25 yards). True Freshman Luther Ambrose led the Warhawks in total yards with 105.

Game Notes

*ULM was 2-18 on third downs.

*The last time Auburn had an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in one game was back in 2004 when they played ULM.

*ULM was only penalized 4 times for 20 yards.

*ULM Cornerback Nate Brown led all tackers with 6 stops followed by LB Josh Thomas with 5.

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