ULM’s Tyler Cain tries to get away from Grambling defensive back Gabriel Fleming (45) during a game earlier this season. Cain suffered a season-ending injury last week against Western Kentucky. / News-Star file photo

Louisiana-Lafayette ruined ULM’s chances of a potential bowl invitation in the 2010 finale when the two-win Ragin’ Cajuns blocked an extra point and held on for a 23-22 win in Malone Stadium.

The teams are in somewhat opposite positions this season as the Warhawks (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt Conference) visit ULL (7-2, 5-1 SBC), who is in contention for its first outright Sun Belt title.

While the matchup could possibly provide extra motivation for a ULM team coming off an emotional overtime loss against Western Kentucky, sophomore quarterback Kolton Browning said it hasn’t been a point of emphasis this week.

“It’s always in the back of your mind, especially with what happened last year,” Browning said. “But this is a new season with a different team.

“We have a lot of the same players, but we have an increased maturity level. We are going out there to compete, make sure we do our part and pull out a victory.”

ULM coach Todd Berry said his team doesn’t view themselves as spoilers.

“We look at ourselves as a football team that wants to play one more game, have one more opportunity,” Berry said. “I want to win just like they do, but I could not be prouder of this football team.

“There are very few football teams in the situation that we are in in terms of all the adversity, that would raise up and respond like that group did. We would love to have the victory, but I will take what I saw because they gave us everything.

“We know what our issues are, but it’s not heart. As long as you have that, when we get healthy, we are pretty good.”

Berry said injuries have severely hampered the Warhawks this season, and the team lost another player in West Monroe graduate and true freshman Tyler Cain.

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