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Northwestern State running back Jared West

A quick rundown of LSU's opponent on Saturday night, the Northwestern State Demons ...

THE BASICS

KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadiim

TV: SEC Network

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7

SERIES: LSU leads 11-0

LAST MEETING: LSU 49, Northwestern State 3 (Sept. 10, 2011 in Baton Rouge)

ON NORTHWESTERN STATE

RECORD: 0-2

RESULTS SO FAR: Lost to UT Martin 42-20, lost to Midwestern State 33-7

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Quarterback Shelton Eppler, running back Jared West, wide receiver Quan Shorts

DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Linebacker Adrion Robertson, linebacker Jomard Valsin, linebacker Ja'Quay Pough

RUMBLINGS: The Demons are having a tough go of it in coach Brad Laird's second season. Picked to finish 10th in the Southland Conference,they dropped their opener and on Saturday lost 33-7 to Division II Midwestern State.

ON THE DEMONS OFFENSE

Eppler is a capable quarterback who threw for 387 yards in the loss to Martin. But the Demons, who have failed to run the ball effectively and average 77 yards per game game, have scored seven points in the past six quarters.

ON THE DEMONS DEFENSE

Laird's team has allowed 140.5 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards a carry; the bigger problem is the Demons have given up 75 points in their first two games after No. 20 Midwestern State scored 26 points in the first half.

Sheldon Mickles

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