MONROE, La. — FAU lost its 13th straight Sun Belt Conference game, as penalties, miscues, fumbles and another slow start did in the Owls in a 35-14 beatdown at the hands of Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night at Malone Stadium.
Despite holding ULM quarterback Kolton Browning to his worst game of the season, FAU's 11 penalties, two fumbles, five allowed sacks and unbalanced offense left the Owls chasing the Warhawks for the duration of the contest.
ULM jumped out to a 21-0 lead, though Browning completed only three of 11 first-half passes, and FAU, whose rushing attack had 46 yards on 37 yards, never came close to making up the difference.
Browning, who entered the contest averaging 291 passing yards a game, passed for only 147 yards on 10 of 23 passing, but he added 59 yards on the ground, including two fourth-down scrambles.
FAU's only touchdown of the game came on an expertly executed 13-play, 76-yard drive, capped by Jonathan Wallace's 3-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining in the first half to pull the Owls within two scores.
Browning put the game away on the first drive of the second half, as he completed four passes, including his second touchdown pass of the game, to push ULM's lead to 28-7.
Browning found H-back Harley Scioneaux for a 9-yard score to start the half. It was Scioneaux's third catch of the season. All have been touchdown receptions.
ULM quarterback Kolton Browning was sub par passing in the first half of play, completing only three passes, but his six rushes for 51 yards leads the Warhawks.
ULM's no-huddle offense quickly struck once receiving the ball 12:17 into the first quarter. Browning, with the help of two big-gain scrambles and a fourth-down conversion, drove the Warhawks 55 yards in 3:11, before finalizing the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Brent Leonard to put ULM on top 7-0.
ULM has scored first in five of their six games this season.
Another fourth-down conversion kept the Warhawks second touchdown drive alive, as Browing's fourth-and-one scramble gained seven yards and moved the chains. On the next play, Monterrell Washington scampered 36 yards, untouched, to the left corner of the end zone, putting ULM up 14-0.
FAU gifted ULM a third touchdown, when three Owl penalties pushed the team back to their own four yard line, before being forced to punt. A high snap from long snapper Tim Raber was bobbled and fumbled by punter Sean Kelly and the Warhawks, rushing nine, pounced on the mistake. Mitchell Bailey fell on the ball in the endzone for the ULM score.
ULM extended it's lead to 35-7 after Browning found Je'Ron Hamm for a 53-yard pass completion down the right sideline, which led to Washington scoring from three yards out to finish the drive.
Graham Wibert had a decent statistical game, completing 26 of his 39 pass attempts in the game.
Wilbert found Marcus Cunningham for a 15-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the game to put makeup on the final score. It was Cunningham's first touchdown of the season.
Depite the bobbled snap, Kelly had having another stellar game. He punted eight times for 306 total yards.
William Dukes was four-yards short of being the first Owl to have a 100-yard receiving game since Lestar Jean had 164 yards against UAB in 2010.
ULM went two-of-two on fourth down Saturday. They have converted on 14 of 18 fourth-down attempts on the season.
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