MONROE — Jyruss Edwards rushed for a career-high 191 yards and three touchdowns to lead ULM to a dominating 42-14 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Malone Stadium in Sun Belt Conference action.
Edwards has scored seven touchdowns — six rushing — and totaled 297 yards from scrimmage over the last two games.
His 191 rushing yards are the seventh-most in school history. Edwards moved into a tie for seventh place on the ULM single-season rushing touchdown list with nine and into a tie for 11th on the ULM career rushing list with 13.
On Saturday, Edwards had touchdown runs of 17, 41 and 31 yards.
The Warhawks (3-7, 2-4 Sun Belt) scored on their first five possessions — a Sun Belt Conference era record for ULM — to take a commanding 35-0 lead with nearly 10 minutes remaining in the opening half.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Warhawks against the Blue Raiders.
ULM gashed the Middle Tennessee defense for 260 yards on the ground and 193 yards passing.
ULM quarterback Kolton Browning completed 15-of-18 passes with touchdown passes to Je’Ron Hamm and Brent Leonard.
Browning’s two touchdown passes moved him into a tie for sixth on the all-time ULM passing touchdown list with 29.
The Warhawk defense held the Blue Raiders to 138 yards on 38 carries — the 24th time in 34 games under defensive coordinator Troy Reffett ULM held its opponent under its season rushing average.
Luther Ambrose set the tone on the game’s opening kickoff, returning it 59 yards to the Middle Tennessee 38.
Browning later scored on a 3-yard run.
On the Blue Raiders’ (2-7, 2-4) third play of the game, Andrew Banks fumbled, and ULM’s Ken Dorsey recovered.
A six-play drive for the Warhawks resulted in a 14-0 lead on Edwards’ 17-yard touchdown run.
An interception by Vincent Eddie on Middle Tennessee’s first play of the ensuing possession set the Warhawks up at the 43-yard line.
The Warhawks used nearly six minutes of clock and 13 plays before Browning found Leonard from 12 yards out for the score.
After a Middle Tennessee punt, the Warhawks needed five plays to extend the lead to 28-0 as Browning hooked up with Hamm for a 50-yard touchdown strike — the fifth-longest of the season for the Warhawks and longest touchdown pass of the year.
Another three-and-out by the Warhawk defense and punt by the Blue Raiders gave the ball back to the ULM offense. After converting a third down, Edwards rushed around left end for a 41-yard score and a 35-0 lead.
The Blue Raiders got on the board on a 19-yard touchdown pass by Logan Kilgore to Sancho McDonald with 3:45 to play in the opening half.
Kilgore finished the game 21-of-30 for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His second touchdown came on MTSU’s opening possession of the second half on a 14-yard pass to Tavarres Jefferson.
Edwards capped his night with a 31-yard run right up the gut of the Blue Raider defense late in the third quarter.
ULM wraps up the home portion of its schedule next Saturday when FIU comes to Malone Stadium.
Kickoff on Senior Day is scheduled for 4 p.m.