TROY, Ala. - Louisiana-Monroe scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to blow past defending Sun Belt Conference champion Troy 38-10 Saturday.
ULM (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) quarterback Kolton Browning completed 23-of-31 attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns, while Tavarese Maye caught seven passes for a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown. Centarius Donald rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Jyruss Edwards added 88 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
After the teams only mustered a field goal each in the opening half, Troy took a 10-3 lead following a ULM miscue on a punt return. That was the final positive of the night for the Trojans (2-4, 1-2) as the Warhawks scored touchdowns on five of their final six drives on the night.
Luther Ambrose set the Warhawks up with outstanding field position on the ensuing drive with a 37-yard kickoff return out to the ULM 42-yard line. Facing a third-and-4, Browning found a wide open Maye, who picked up 49 yards.
Edwards found the end zone two plays later to pull the Warhawks to 10-9.
The Warhawks defense held the Trojans to a three-and-out after a 39-yard kickoff return gave them outstanding field position.
Seven plays later, Browning and Maye hooked up for a 38-yard strike to give the Warhawks the lead for good.
Mitchell Bailey forced a fumble by Chandler Worthy on the ensuing kickoff, and Brandon Hardy recovered the loose ball on the Troy 17-yard line. Browning needed just two plays to put more points on the board as he found Colby Harper in the end zone on a fade route from 13 yards out - it was the first career touchdown reception for Harper.