Scores

Final

Wake Forest 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

UL Monroe 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, August 28, 2014

Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA

1 2 3 4 T
WAKE 7 3 0 010
ULM 0 0 10 717

Top Performers

Passing: P. Thomas (ULM) - 189 YDS

Rushing: C. Donald (ULM) - 26 CAR, 117 YDS

Receiving: K. Jackson (ULM) - 6 REC, 83 YDS

Louisiana-Monroe beats Wake Forest 17-10

Associated Press

MONROE, La. -- Louisiana-Monroe held Wake Forest to 94 yards of total offense and Centarius Donald ran for 117 yards to lead the Warhawks to a 17-10 win in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

Neither team scored an offensive touchdown until Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas rushed up the middle for a nine-yard touchdown with 3:37 left. The senior transfer from North Carolina State completed 23 of 41 passes for 189 yards.

"That's the same play we used to run with (former quarterback) Kolton (Browning)," Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry said. "As I mentioned at one other time, (Thomas is) a better runner than people think he is. He had to scramble and drop his shoulder and go make a play, and I was excited to see that too. There are time periods when you have to bow up, and he bowed up and he earned a lot of respect from the team for that."

Donald picked up 43 yards as Louisiana-Monroe bled the final 2:06 off the clock.

The Warhawks had seven sacks for 55 yards and limited the Demon Deacons to minus-3 yards rushing.

"It was impressive," Berry said. "They are an ACC team, a Power Five. They spend three times as much money as we do. They have a lot of advantages, but I think coach (Dave) Clawson is going to be a great fit for that program, and I'm excited for him.

Linebacker Steve Donatell blocked a punt and Kevin Johnson returned the loose ball for a 25-yard touchdown in the opening minutes and Wake Forest took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

Mitch Lane's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown put Louisiana-Monroe on the board late in the 3rd quarter. He added six sacks.

"I was pleased with the defense," Berry said. "I am not necessarily surprised. I felt good going in about how we would play."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAKE
ULM
1st Downs521
Total Yards94352
Passing97189
Rushing-3163
Penalties8-515-25
3rd Down Conversions3-149-21
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers11
Possession24:3735:23

Passing Leaders

Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
John Wolford12/22974.401
Louisiana-MonroeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pete Thomas23/411894.600

Rushing Leaders

Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Orville Reynolds16372.309
Louisiana-MonroeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Centarius Donald261174.5039
Tyler Cain11464.2016

Receiving Leaders

Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matt James34013.3022
E.J. Scott33210.7017
Louisiana-MonroeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kenzee Jackson68313.8029
Tony Cook33511.7031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWAKEULM
TD12:10Kevin Johnson 0 Yd Blocked Punt Return (Mike Weaver Kick)Watch Highlight 70
SECOND QUARTERWAKEULM
FG0:43Mike Weaver 38 Yd Field Goal 100
THIRD QUARTERWAKEULM
FG4:50Justin Manton 30 Yd Field Goal Watch Highlight 103
TD4:02Mitch Lane 31 Yd Interception Return (Justin Manton Kick)Watch Highlight 1010
FOURTH QUARTERWAKEULM
TD3:37Pete Thomas 9 Yd Run (Justin Manton Kick)1017

Research Notes

Wake Forest takes an early lead on UL-Monroe after returning a blocked punt for a TD in the 1st quarter... It was the Deacs' 1st blocked punt return TD since 2006 at North Carolina.

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