Scouting report: UL-Monroe at LSU _lowres

Associated Press photo by DACIA IDOM -- Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas fakes a handoff to Tyler Cain against Wake Forest on Aug. 28 in Monroe.

The basics

KICKOFF: 6 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium


RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

SERIES: LSU leads 2-0

LAST MEETING: LSU 51, UL-Monroe 0 (2010)

The opponent: UL-Monroe

Record: 2-0 (1-0 Sun Belt)

Best win: Defeated Wake Forest of the ACC 17-10 in the season opener Aug. 28.

Offensive leaders: RB Centarius Donald (46 carries, 228 yards, 3 TDs; 6 receptions, 38 yards), QB Pete Thomas (47 of 85 passing, 55.3 percent, 573 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT).

Defensive leaders: S Justin Backus (15 tackles, 3 PBUs), LB Ray Stovall (12 tackles, 2.5 sacks).

Rumblings: Coming off a 6-6 season, the Warhawks have posted back-to-back wins over Wake Forest (17-10) and Idaho (38-31) for their first 2-0 start since 1993.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

After LSU gave up 268 rushing yards in its opener against Wisconsin, ULM might try to get the running game going with Centarius Donald, who has two 100-yard games so far. He had scoring runs of 1, 21 and 34 yards in Saturday’s win over Idaho and is averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

The offense — What you do want to hear

While the ULM offense had 534 total yards and 38 points in the win against Idaho, the Warhawks converted just 11 of 32 third-down opportunities, which could play into the hands of LSU’s defense.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

UL-Monroe is allowing just 268.0 yards per game in its first two outings. The Warhawks already have 10 sacks and three interceptions.

The defense — What you do want to hear

The Warhawks have given up 41 points through two games, but 31 of them have come in the first half.