LSU hosts Northwestern State on Saturday

BATON ROUGE – A week after its biggest season-opening win in school history, LSU returns to Tiger Stadium for its 2011 home debut as the second-ranked Tigers host Northwestern State on Saturday.

Kickoff for the Tigers and the Demons is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on TigerVision, the school’s pay-per-view network.

LSU brings a 1-0 record into the contest following last week’s 40-27 win over then-No. 3 ranked Oregon. Northwestern State, coached by former LSU assistant Bradley Dale Peveto, rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat Delta State, 24-23, in its season-opener last Thursday in Natchitoches.

Saturday’s meeting will be the 11th between the teams, but the first since a 40-0 LSU victory in 1942. LSU leads the overall series with the Demons, 10-0.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation, and the finishing touches will come on Thursday,” LSU coach Les Miles said following Wednesday’s practice. “It was a good practice. I think our preparation has been good and we are looking forward to playing our first game in Tiger Stadium this year.”

Miles said that the Tigers go into the Northwestern State contest looking to improve in all three areas of the game.

“We have by no means hung the moon,” Miles said. “We have to continue to improve in every phase of the game. On offense, we need to be more consistent in the passing game; we need to do a better job on our kickoffs and we are always stressing to tackle better We have worked hard this week in practice so I think we’ll come out with a purpose and looking to play 60 minutes of inspired football on Saturday.”

The Northwestern State game will also be a homecoming of sorts for Peveto, who served on Miles’ staff at LSU from 2005-08. Peveto is in his third season with the Demons.

“When you watch film on them, you see that they are very well coached,” Miles said. “You can see a lot of Peveto’s influence out there on the field when you watch them play. They will be prepared and they will play with a great desire. I expect that we will get their best effort.”

The Tigers will practice again today afternoon followed by a walk-through on Friday.

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