MONROE, La. (10-18-08) North Texas dug itself into a hole it was unable to climb out of, falling behind 28-0 and allowing 21 first quarter points in a 3523 loss at Louisiana-Monroe Saturday evening.
North Texas fell to 0-7 (0-2 Sun Belt) on the season while ULM improved to 2-5 (1-2 Sun Belt). The Warhawks also took the series lead at 13-12.
The Mean Green outscored the Warhawks 17-0 in the second half but would get no closer than the final deficit. Giovanni Vizza had a career high in pass attempts, completing 37 of 61 passes for a season-high 362 yards and two touchdowns.
The Warhawks scored on their second possession of the game on a 54yard run by Kinsmon Lancaster, the longest run of his career, giving ULM a 7-0 lead.
North Texas was driving at the five-minute mark of the first quarter but the drive came to a halt on a fourth and inches when Cam Montgomery was stopped in the backfield. Two plays later the Warhawks took advantage on a 69-yard scoring strike from Lancaster to Luther Ambrose, increasing the lead to 14-0.
ULM continued to score on big plays on a Rodney Lovett 49-yard scamper, pushing the lead to 21-0 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. In total the Warhawks tallied 263 yards of offense in the first 15 minutes of the game.
After another Lancaster touchdown run to start the second quarter, North Texas was able to get on the scoreboard with 7:41 left in the quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Jeremy Knott, cutting the deficit to 28-3.
The Warhawks went to their bag of tricks right before halftime. Wide receiver Darrell McNeal took a pitch from Lancaster, ran to the outside and unleashed a 46-yard pass to J.J. McCoy for ULM’s fifth touchdown of the half, increasing the lead to 35-3.
Knott would add two more field goals, one a 28-yarder before the half. He also knocked one through from 44-yards out on the Mean Green’s opening drive of the second half.
In the fourth quarter North Texas scored two late touchdowns. Vizza hooked up with Alex Lott on a 13-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone, making the score 35-16, followed by a 19yard touchdown pass to Casey Fitzgerald with 2:58 left in the game.
Running back Cam Montgomery led the team in rushing with 112 yards on 23 attempts, his second straight plus 100 yards performance.
Senior wide receiver Brock Stickler set a career high in both receptions (10) and yards (129) in a single game. The defense also had a season-high three sacks. They came into Saturday night with four total on the season.
North Texas will be back at home Saturday, October 25 when they host Troy for homecoming at 6 p.m.