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LSU coach expects hostile crowd at WVU

September 20, 2011
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A boisterous, hostile crowd in a sold-out stadium, a prime-time national television broadcast and a nationally ranked team as the opponent is nothing out of the ordinary, Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles said.

After all, his team is ranked second in the nation, and three of its last four games have been broadcast in homes from sea to shining sea.

"I have never had the opportunity to take a team to Morgantown," Miles said during his Monday press conference. "I have been told that the game night experience is much like an SEC atmosphere. Our guys enjoy playing in that type of environment. It's fun for us to play in that. We've been on the road. We understand it. It's one of those things our team is looking forward to."

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LSU?and coach Les Miles expects a hostile crowd when the Tigers face WVU?Saturday at Mountaineer Field.

LSU, 3-0, will travel to Morgantown for the first time in its history for a football encounter with No. 16 West Virginia University. The game will be broadcast by ABC at 8 p.m. ESPN will be bringing its popular College GameDay show to town, which will be set up on the Mountainlair Plaza on the downtown campus for its 9 a.m. Saturday show on ESPN U and continuing from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN.

"Our guys understand big games and loud crowds," Miles said. "It won't be foreign to the team. We expect a quality opponent and a loud crowd. It will benefit us."

The Tigers will bring a nasty defense to the game, one that ranks at or near the top of the Division I categories.

They have allowed opponents to run for a mere 47 yards per game and pass for 160 yards.

"This defense is one of the fastest I have had," Miles said. "There are more big-time plays made by this defense than I have been around in a while.

"There seems to be a natural intensity to them," he added. "It's just, 'Please let that offense line up so I can play one more play.' That type of intensity is pretty special."

The defense is anchored by cornerback Morris Claiborne, who as a junior is already on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. He earned the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honor for his performance against Mississippi State, which was highlighted by his two interceptions and his breaking up of a third pass.



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