ULM football continues misery against Arkansas State with 12th straight loss
Louisiana-Monroe football has been unable to beat Arkansas State since 2010 and on Saturday, the losing streak was extended to 12 games.
From the first snap to the final whistle, the Warhawks (4-6, 2-5 Sun Belt Conference) were one step behind Arkansas State (2-8, 1-5) at Malone Stadium. With 1:17 left in the game, Red Wolves kicker Blake Grupe hit a game-winning 42 yard field goal and ULM couldn't muster a comeback.
"This is what you get when you're building a program," Warhawks coach Terry Bowden said.
It took the Warhawks 12 seconds in into the third quarter to score a touchdown. The 75-yard run by Malik Jackson gave ULM its first lead of the game at 14-10.
The lead continued in the fourth quarter until Arkansas State receiver Tevailance Hunt scored on a 20-yard TD pass from Layne Hatcher with 7:56 to tie the game at 24-24.
Rhett Rodriguez returns for ULM
Due to a chest injury suffered on Sept. 25 against Troy, quarterback Rhett Rodriguez had been sidelined. He made his return Saturday.
"It was weird because my whole life i never missed a practice, I never missed a game or anything so it was tough to sit on the sidelines," Rodriguez said.
He was slow to start on his post-injury debut.
In the first quarter, his first three throws were incomplete. Rodriguez finally found his groove to end the first quarter with three completions for 21 yards.
The junior finished 12-for-29 passing for 160 yards and one interception. He was sacked once and threw two interceptions.
Historic run game for Malik Jackson
Sophomore running back Malik Jackson had his first career 100-yard game and scored twice.
In 22 carries, Jackson ran for 166 yards.
"It feels good but I wanted the team win," Jackson said. " I feel like as the plays went on I got comfortable and coaches trusted me, QBs trusted me to give me the ball. I just want to thank the whole line for making it possible."
On the road again
The Warhawks are wrapping up the season on the road.
After a winless 2020 season, the Warhawks improved their home record to 4-2. They travel to LSU next week and finish the season at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Rodriguez said he spoke to the team after the game with the message of "How much do you care." His point to them being, if they cared they were going to do all means necessary to make a difference as the season wraps up.
"i think moving forward we're going to have a new focus," Rodriguez said.