A valiant effort by the Mitch Lane-led defense wasn’t enough as the ULM football team dropped its first game of the season 31-0 to No. 10 LSU on the road Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
ULM’s (2-1) Lane garnered a career-high 14 tackles, while Ray Stovall and Cordero Smith had 10 tackles each. Hunter Kissinger contributed nine tackles and one sack on the night.
Quarterback Pete Thomas completed 16 of 30 passes for 77 yards, with Rashon Ceaser catching six of those passes.
LSU’s (3-1) Anthony Jennings went 11-of-18 for 139 yards with one interception and two sacks.
The Warhawks’ defense started off strong as they forced back-to-back three and outs, but the Tigers managed to get on the board with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter.
ULM continued to press defensively at the start of the second quarter. However, LSU’s Darrel Williams was able to break through on the left side and rushed for a touchdown to give the home team a 10-0 lead with 13:11 left in the second quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Mitch Lane intercepted a pass by LSU’s Jennings on the ULM 37 yard line, stopping the Tigers in their tracks with 0:42 left in the half. With this pick, the Warhawks have caused at least one turnover in 29 straight games.
LSU added three more touchdowns in the second half en route to victory.
After a break, the first of two off weeks of the season, ULM will take the field again on September 27 as they host Troy at 6:00 p.m. for the Warhawks’ second conference game of the season.