Arkansas State exorcises fourth quarter demons to hand ULM its 13th consecutive loss to the Red Wolves.
After allowing two consecutive fourth quarter leads to slip into losses, the Red Wolves removed all doubts with a third-quarter kick return touchdown from Johnnie Lang, effectively removing the Warhawks’ soul.
Of course, it wasn’t all that simple. Truth be told, the Warhawks refused to back off, drawing to within 10 points midway through the fourth. But a Red Wolves fourth down conversion deep in Warhawks territory with little more than 6 minutes left sapped ULM’s will to live. (Brian Snead would end up icing the result with his second rushing TD of the evening.)
Te’Vailance Hunt, the Red Wolves leading receiver with six catches for 60 yards, scored his first touchdown of the season. Seydou Traore and Adam Jones made critical catches at critical moments, and James Blackman put up a very businesslike 25/32 for 254 yards and two TDs.
But The Homecoming King was Johnnie Lang who not only took a ULM kick-off to the house for a 98 yard touchdown, but recorded both a rushing and receiving TD. Oh yeah, he also recorded 59 yards worth of YAC.
Over all, the Red Wolves took their time, patiently pounding the rock on the round via human battering rams of Snead and Lang, then unleashing a flurry of mid-sized passes to any of eight targets. Defensively the Red Wolves menaced ULM quarterback Chandler Rodgers with three sacks and 13 TFL. It was a well balanced performance that resulted in the Warhawks 13 consecutive loss to the Red Wolves.
“Didn’t like the way we started. We came out flat,” said Coach Butch Jones. “But what you saw was a football team creating its own momentum.”