There were some positives, such as forcing three turnovers, converting two field-goal attempts and scoring on a 75-yard pass play.
In the end, however, the Warhawks were overmatched.
"Three turnovers those cost you and you can't do that against a great football team," ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "We have been in these situations before, playing against teams like this, of this caliber, and you cannot afford to give them anything if you want to be in the football game. They've got a great football team.
ULM tried to mix it up offensively, but establishing an effective running game proved most difficult.
"As far as their defensive schemes, they proved the reason why they are No. 2 in the country," junior tailback Frank Goodin said. "They swarm to the ball, and they get there quickly. They must have a ball-radar."
Despite the opening loss, ULM did enough positive things and it should correct a lot of errors this week when it plays Texas Southern.
Texas 59, ULM 20-Texas jumped out to a 38-10 lead and was never threatened in the season opener. Three turnovers didn't help the Warhawks' cause.