BLOG: Louisiana-Monroe 35, WKU 30 (Final)

WKU fans watch in dismay late during Saturday’s 30-35 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The Toppers surrendered a 24-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter and extended the nation’s longest losing streak to 26 games.

Zach Greenwell

Keep up with the WKU-Louisiana-Monroe game, the Toppers’ second home contest of the season with Herald beat writer Zach Greenwell. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

ULM 35, WKU 30 — FINAL

After a 13-yard touchdown reception by Willie McNeal, the Toppers failed on a two-point conversion and also to recover an onside kick.

Check later tonight for more.

ULM 35, WKU 24 — 1:30 4th

Kawaun Jakes throws an interception that’s returned for a touchdown by Robert Nelson, and this one is over, folks.

There’s a minute and a half left in the game, and WKU’s losing streak will extend to 26 games.

ULM 28, WKU 24 — 3:35 4th

Well, here we go again.

Jyruss Edwards scores from six yards out, and ULM has now claimed the lead. ULM QB Kolt Browning just carved up WKU’s defense on that drive with passes across the middle.

Everyone in this press box is just in shock watching this unfold.

The Toppers have 3:35 left to win this ballgame.

WKU 24, ULM 21 — 5:51 4th

WKU quickly goes three-and-out, and ULM has the ball back with a chance to take the lead. The Warhawks are at their own 39-yard line to start this drive.

WKU 24, ULM 21 — 7:38 4th

This game is crumbling right in front of WKU’s eyes.

Frank Goodin gets a 1-yard touchdown run for ULM, and the Warhawks are within three points.

This has all the vibes of last year’s Arkansas State game, as well as many of those last few Sun Belt games that the Toppers just gave away last year.

Let’s see if they can hold on.

WKU 24, ULM 14 — 11:47 4th

WKU goes three-and-out on its next drive, and Hendrix Brakefield’s punt only travels to the WKU 37-yard line. Offsetting penalties move the ball back 10 yards, so ULM will start at the 47.

WKU 24, ULM 14 — 14:20 4th

ULM keeps itself in the game with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kolt Browning to Luther Ambrose.

There’s still a whole quarter left to play, so WKU has to milk some of this clock time on its ensuing drive.

The attendance tonight was just announced as 15,142.

WKU 24, ULM 7 — 1:21 3rd

Bobby Rainey finds his way into the end zone from two yards out, and WKU once again has a three-score lead.

The Toppers have been set up with some short field to work with on offense, and they’ve capitalized.

It’s going to take a lot for ULM to keep WKU’s losing streak alive, but no one should start counting their chickens just yet.

Rainey now has 164 rushing yards on 28 carries with two scores.

WKU 17, ULM 7 — 3:11 3rd

The Toppers get a couple big breaks on a ULM drive. First, ULM receiver Andrew McCall dropped a big catch that might have gone for a touchdown, and then another receiver dropped a pass on a fake punt.

Just like in the first half, the Toppers are starting in great field position at the ULM 31-yard line.

WKU 17, ULM 7 — 12:00 3rd

The Toppers come up empty in their first drive of the second half, and ULM will have the ball at its own 29-yard line.

We’ll see which WKU defense comes out — the one that’s given up leads all year, or the one that shut down the Warhawks early in the game.

WKU 17, ULM 7 — Half

Both teams don’t get much going in their final drives of the first half, and WKU will head into the locker room up 10.

Junior running back Bobby Rainey already has 114 rushing yards on 17 carries with one touchdown.

Sophomore quarterback Kawaun Jakes has completed 6-of-10 passes for 58 yards and a score, and sophomore receiver Marcus Vasquez has 74 receiving yards and one touchdown.

WKU outgained Monroe 223-134 in the first half. ULM has also been shooting itself in the foot, picking up six penalties for 36 yards so far.

WKU 17, ULM 7 — 3:10 2nd

ULM answers immediately with a 33-yard touchdown run by Jyruss Edwards, a score that came in a 4th-and-1 situation. A flag was thrown on the play but was eventually picked up.

Big spot now for WKU after giving up a quick score. The Toppers have historically folded in these situations.

WKU 17, ULM 0 — 5:29 2nd

The Toppers took over at the ULM 25-yard line after a botched Warhawks punt that ended with an incomplete pass, and they made the most of it with a 3-yard touchdown run by Bobby Rainey.

Rainey set up the score with a 21-yard run on the first play of the drive.

Things are looking way, way up for WKU at this point. The defensive has been stifling, and the Toppers have a three-score lead with just over five minutes left in the first half.

They’ll also get the ball after halfitme.

WKU 10, ULM 0 — 12:06 2nd

This looks like an entirely different WKU defense, flying around everywhere and making tackles.

The Toppers have their fourth straight stop and really haven’t given up anything.

ULM receiver Tavarese Maye did have a 36-yard reception on the drive, but it was negated by offensive pass interference on Maye.

WKU has a chance to break this thing open, starting at its own 12-yard line.

WKU 10, ULM 0 — 14:56 2nd

Well, WKU wasted no time with that. Kawaun Jakes found receiver Marcus Vasquez in the left corner of the end zone for a 13-yard score just four seconds into the second quarter, and the Toppers now have a 10-0 lead.

WKU 3, ULM 0 — End 1st

Bobby Rainey breaks off another big run — this one for 29 yards — and the Toppers will be threatening at the ULM 13-yard line when the second quarter begins.

Rainey followed the big run with a 4-yard rush, and Kawaun Jakes then scrambled his way out of trouble for a 10-yard gain.

WKU needs to punch this one in and not settle for another field goal.

WKU 3, ULM 0 — 1:45 1st

Once again, the Toppers’ defense comes away looking strong, forcing ULM into its second three-and-out.

Good to see WKU getting excited after a forced fumble on third down by Quanterus Smith.

WKU 3, ULM 0 — 3:20 1st

A 33-yard run by Bobby Rainey helped WKU get out of the shadow of its own goal post, but the Tops were still forced to punt.

Second straight drive where Rainey ran a draw on third down and didn’t get it.

WKU 3, ULM 0 — 8:04 1st

Another stop for the WKU defense, a rare feat for this group. WKU taking over at its own 11, looking to build on this lead.

WKU 3, ULM 0 — 10:01 1st

The Toppers immediately moved 37 yards downfield with a trick pass from freshman running back Antonio Andrews to sophomore receiver Marcus Vasquez, but they had to settle for a 25-yard field goal from kicker Casey Tinius.

Andrews threw the gadget pass off a reverse, and it would have likely been good for a touchdown if he’d gotten more air under the toss to a wide-open Vasquez.

WKU 0, ULM 0 — 13:03 1st

After a delay of game penalty and a false start, the Warhawks go three-and-out on their first drive. Good chance for WKU to jump up early in this game.

The Toppers will take over at their own 41-yard line.


— Monroe receives the opening kickoff and will start at its own 28-yard line.

— We’re set up here in Houchens-Smith Stadium, where we’ve learned that there’s a couple of changes to WKU’s starting lineup against Louisiana-Monroe today.

Sophomore wide receiver Dexter Haynes, who caught a 53-yard touchdown last week, is starting in place of senior receiver Quinterrance Cooper.

Senior linebacker Orlando Misaalefua is also starting in place of senior Chris Bullard.