Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2003 10:25 AM EDT
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Western Ill (2-0) at No. 11 LSU (2-0)
WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- No. 11 Louisiana State hopes to keep its high-powered offense in gear Saturday when it hosts Western Illinois, the top-ranked team in the ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA poll.

The Tigers (2-0) rank third in the nation in scoring, averaging 54.0 points. The 108 points is the most for LSU after two games since 1930, when it scored 76 against San Diego Wesleyan and 71 against Louisiana Tech.

In the third week of the 1930 season, LSU put up 85 points in a blanking of Southwestern Louisiana. The Tigers may have trouble matching that mark Saturday but their offense has been nearly unstoppable.

After opening with a 49-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe, the Tigers scored on their first six possessions in a 59-13 victory at Arizona last week. LSU did not punt until less than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall have shared time at quarterback. Mauck, 7-1 as the Tigers' starter, has completed 23-of-39 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns. Randall has hit on 14-of-21 tosses for 302 yards and two TDs.

Michael Clayton caught six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown against Arizona despite sitting out most of the second half. Clayton, who has caught at least one pass in 28 straight games, had a career-high 152 receiving yards in the opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

Western Illinois (2-0) is coming of a win over a Division I-A opponent, a 34-12 victory over Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.

Travis Glasford ran for 135 yards on 28 carries against Eastern Michigan while Terrence Hall caught five passes for 110 yards. James Norris returned a punt 95 yards for a score.

Western Illinois has three wins over Division I-A teams in the last four years, all against schools from the Mid-American Conference.

Saturday's contest is the final tuneup for LSU before the start of Southeastern Conference play.


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