Baylor outlasts ULM
posted Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 @ 1:13 am
On a historic night inside Malone Stadium, a record crowd of 31,175 fans witnessed a back-and-forth contest in Friday night's home-opener, which Baylor (3-0) came out on top, 47-42, over ULM (1-2). An untimely fumble did the Warhawks in and the lost possession proved to be the difference in the fastbreak affair that featured only three combined punts, five lead changes and one tie.
A solid rushing attack led by junior Jyruss Edwards who collected his second-career 100-yard game as he finished with 120 yards and a touchdown to pace ULM. Monterrell Washington collected his first carries of the season to finish with 86 yards and two touchdowns. Kolton Browning finished 25-for-39 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and rushed for 49 yards and another score.
Behind a 351 yard, four-touchdown performance by Nick Florence Baylor extended its winning-streak to nine games, second longest in the country behind TCU's 10-game streak.
Baylor did its damage through the air as four pass-catchers finished with at least 50 yards receiving led by Tevin Reese who caught eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Baylor took the ball to begin the game but were forced to punt bringing ULM's offense onto the Malone Stadium field for the first time in 2012. Browning and crew drove inside Baylor territory after a successful fourth down conversion but a second fourth down attempt fell incomplete.
DaCorris Ford intercepted a Nick Florence pass and gave the Warhawks excellent field position. A pass interference call prefaced a 22-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Tavarese Maye, giving ULM a 7-0 advantage with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
Baylor's next drive included a double pass to bring the Bears inside Warhawk territory before Ford brought pressure and got a hand on Florence's pass and the ball fluttered into Rob'Donovan Lewis' hands for the second pick of the night for ULM. A personal foul on Baylor at the end of the play gave the Warhawks possession on its own 24-yard line with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
Both quarterbacks entered the game for the ensuing drive as Cody Wells and Browning were handling the ball. Browning handed the ball to Wells who completed two passes to advance the ball. Washington carried the ball on back-to-back plays. The first went for 22 yards and the second for nine and a touchdown putting ULM up 14-0 with 1:33 remaining in the opening quarter. It was the first two carries for Washington on the season.
Reese snuck behind the ULM secondary and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Florence to put the Bears on the board, 14-7, with 14:22 left in the first half.
On the next drive, Browning was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled for 15 yards and a first down. Washington broke free and sprinted 48 yards and his second touchdown of the night, upping the Warhawk lead to 21-7 with 12:00 on the clock.
Florence found room around the right side for 16 yards and followed with a nine-yard rush bringing Baylor to ULM's 10-yard line. A few short carries were met by several ULM defenders including a spectacular tackle from Mitch Lane on an end-around to save a Baylor touchdown. On the following play, Glasco Martin carried for a one-yard touchdown to cap the 11-play drive. With 7:51 left in the first half, ULM led Baylor 21-14.
A promising-looking drive ended with a fumble recovered by Baylor safety Sam Holl and Florence found Terrance Williams on the very next play for a 48-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21.
A pass interference on a throw intended for Je'Ron Hamm from Browning brought ULM inside Baylor territory at the 21-yard line. Maye nearly pulled down his second touchdown of the night but was knocked away by Joe Williams at the last second. On 4th & 7, the ULM offense came onto the field and Browning was sacked for a loss of 11 yards and a turnover on downs with 1:55 left in the half.
An offsides penalty on ULM kept the Baylor drive alive but on the following play Cameron Blakes stuffed Jarred Salubi just short of the first down marker. On 4th & 2, backup quarterback Bryce Petty carried for the first down. Petty completed a pass to Lanear Sampson with just two seconds left in the half. Baylor's all-time leading scorer, Aaron Jones converted a 34-yard field goal as time expired, giving Baylor a 24-21 advantage.
At the break, Baylor held the advantage in first downs (18 to 17), total yards (308 to 257) and passing yards (217 to 122). ULM did hold the rushing advantage 135 to 91. The Bears ended the half with 17-straight points.
On the opening drive of the second half, Edwards gashed the Baylor defense again for a long run, this time for 58 yards and a touchdown to give ULM the lead, 28-24, with 13:10 left in the third quarter.
Baylor's quick-strike offense scored again on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Florence to Reese giving Baylor the 31-28 lead with 8:13 left in the third quarter.
Ahmad Dixon jumped a Colby Harper route and picked Browning off, setting the Bears up with good field position at ULM's 29-yard line. An offsides penalty on ULM aided Baylor but following a short run, the Bears opted to go for it on fourth down. Martin picked up the first down with one-yard carry. The Warhawk defense held serve and forced a field goal inside its own red zone. Jones converted the 21-yard field goal to extend Baylor's lead to 34-28 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
The Warhawk offense found its rhythm on the next drive and Browning was able to find Hamm cutting across the defense for a gain of 31 yards down to Baylor's 19-yard line. An underhand shovel pass after a Browning scramble to Maye nearly gave the Warhawks a score, down to the one-yard line. Browning kept it himself and with the help of a strong push from his offensive line, he fell into the endzone for the touchdown. With 10:54 remaining in regulation, ULM led 35-34.
The Bears answered with a 14 play, 73-yard drive capped by a nine-yard touchdown run by Levi Norwood on an option pitch from Florence. Baylor failed with a two-point conversion after a fumble recovery by Joey Gautney with 7:10 left in the game. Gautney was brought down from behind to end the play.
Browning found Harper down the near sideline for 41 yard-reception but a mishandled handoff between Browning and Edwards was recovered by Baylor to put a halt to the drive.
Baylor faced a 4th & 1 with 4:24 remaining from its own 47-yard line. A handoff to Martin for two yards gave the Bears a new set of downs. Florence found Williams for a 22-yard touchdown pass to give the Bears a 47-35 lead with 2:25 left in the game.
Maye led the Warhawks in receiving with nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown while Leonard hauled in eight catches for 72 yards and a score and Harper caught five balls for 82 yards. R.J. Young finished with 14 total tackles (four solo) while Lane and Ray Stovall finished with nine tackles each.
The Warhawks will hit the road the next two weekends beginning with Tulane on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in New Orleans. The Green Wave host Ole Miss on Saturday at 11 a.m.
ULM - 22-yard pass from K. Browning to T. Maye (J. Manton XP), 4-44-1:11 ULM 7-0
ULM - 9-yard run (J. Manton XP), 7-76-2:11 ULM 14-0
Baylor - 43-yard pass from N. Florence to T. Reese (A. Jones XP), 7-75-2:11 ULM 14-7
ULM - 48-yard run by M. Washington (J. Manton XP), 5-75-2:22 ULM 21-7
Baylor - 1-yard run by Glasco Martin (A. Jones XP), 11-68-4:09 ULM 21-14
Baylor - 48-yard pass from N. Florence to T. Williams (A. Jones XP) Tied 21-21
Baylor - 34-yard field goal by A. Jones Baylor, 12-51-1:55 24-21
ULM - 58-yard run by J. Edwards (J. Manton XP) 5-75-1:50 ULM 28-24
Baylor - 46-yard pass from N. Florence to T. Reese (A. Jones XP) 4-68-1:13 Baylor 31-28
Baylor - 21-yard field goal by A. Jones 11-25-3:53 Baylor 34-28
ULM - 1-yard run by K. Browning (J. Manton XP) 15-75-5:54 ULM 35-34
Baylor - 9-yard run by L. Norwood (N. Florence fumble/failed two-point) 14-73-3:44 Baylor 40-35
Baylor - 22-yard pass from N. Florence to T. Williams (A. Jones XP) 8-62-3:15 Baylor 47-35
ULM - 15-yard pass from K. Browning to B. Leonard (J. Manton XP) 12-90-2:19 Baylor 47-42
Report courtesy ulmathletics.com