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Week 2 - Grambling St at ULM
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Sept. 10 at ULM 35 ... Grambling State 7
CFN Analysis: COMING
(AP) MONROE, La. -- Centarius Donald rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown to help Louisiana-Monroe defeat Grambling State 35-7 on Saturday night.
Donald became the first Warhawks player to break the 100-yard rushing mark since 2008. The Warhawks gained 247 yards rushing on 48 carries and three players scored touchdowns.
With the game tied 7-7 midway through the first quarter, a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cody Wells to Keavon Milton with 19 seconds left in the first quarter put the Warhawks (1-1) ahead for good and started a 28-0 run.
Louisiana-Monroe's defense made the difference, holding the Tigers (1-1) to 144 yards in total offense and just four first downs. The Warhawks sacked Grambling quarterback D.J. Williams eight times and had two interceptions. ULM also had nine tackles for losses.
The Warhawks have won 15 of their past 20 home games dating back to 2007.
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Grambling State (1-0) at Louisiana-Monroe (0-1) Sept. 10, 7:00 ESPN3
Here's The Deal … ULM will look to get its first points of the season after being shutout by Florida State 34-0 in the opener. Grambling began SWAC play with a win by defeating rival Alcorn State 21-14, and now it'll make the short drive over to face a Warhawk team that expects to make some noise in the Sun Belt this year. The last time these two met was in 2007, and ULM walked away with a 28-14 win, and now this is a bragging rights game with both teams expected to show up with relentless effort. These players know each other, and they'll play like it.
Why Grambling State Might Win: Grambling did a great job on defense against Alcorn State, allowing just 266 total yards. The ULM offense, especially the passing game, was non-existent against the Seminoles, and while it's facing a wee bit different defense this week, the attack still has to show it can work after not getting any sort of rhythm going. If the Tigers can disrupt the point of attack, and if they can get another good game on offense from QB D.J. Williams then the Tigers have a chance at pulling the upset in Monroe.
Why Louisiana-Monroe Might Win: While ULM did not get much of anything going last week, they will be taking a major step down in competition facing a Grambling team that will look like high schoolers sped-wise compared to what they battled in Tallahassee. QB Kolton Browning struggled against the Noles, but he has the experience and the athleticism to move around and make things happen against a GSU defense that can swarm, but won't be able to hang with the Warhawk receiver. ULM actually did a pretty good job of stopping the FSU ground attack, holding the Noles to under 100 yards and should be able to do the same thing against GSU.
What To Watch Out For: The ULM ground game. The leading rusher for the Warhawks against the Noles only managed to gain 28 yards, and that was Browning. Someone has to step up besides Browning if ULM is to be successful on offense this season, and this is the game to showcase all the options. Sophomore RB's Jyruss Edwards and Centarius Donald should be able to find their feet against Grambling, and with the Warhawks likely not having to result to comeback mode against the Tigers, they should get more chances to carry the ball.
What Will Happen: ULM has the horses to do much better than they did against FSU, and this is the weekend it will start to show. Grambling will keep things tight throughout the game, but Browning will connect on two long pass plays in the fourth quarter to gain the separation needed for the Warhawks hold on for the win.
CFN Prediction: ULM 31 … Grambling State 17
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