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NSU vs SLU to get TV exposure on Southland Conference Network
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The Northwestern State Demons hope to move into a tie for the lead in the Southland Conference football race Saturday while Southeastern Louisiana will put its unblemished conference record on the line when it plays host to Northwestern State Saturday in the Toyota Game of the Week on the Southland Conference Television Network.

A Demons' win would leave both teams with 2-1 conference records.

Coverage of the game, which can be seen in the Natchitoches area on KPXJ Channel 21 out of Shreveport, begins at 3 p.m. with kickoff at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond scheduled for five minutes later.

All Southland TV games will be streamed live and for free on the Southland Digital Network, available via Southland.org and the official mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. Coverage is also accessible from ESPN3 on WatchESPN.com, the WatchESPN app for iPhone, iPad and Android users, as well as Xbox LIVE systems.

Cox Sports Television, available to more than two million viewers in nine states including Louisiana, will carry the broadcast on a tape-delayed basis Monday at 7 p.m., Central.

Nationally, the game will air on Fox College Sports Central, Sunday at 5 p.m., Central.

Southeastern stands at 2-0 and is the only unbeaten team in Southland Conference play after wins over McNeese State and Lamar. The Lions are 2-4 overall with losses to Missouri, South Dakota State, UT Martin and UAB. Northwestern State earned its first conference win last week at home against Lamar to even its league record at 1-1. The Demons dropped their conference opener a week earlier at McNeese State. The Demons are 3-3 overall with wins over Arkansas-Monticello and Mississippi Valley State and FBS losses at Texas Tech and Nevada.

Northwestern is averaging 28.0 points and 318.3 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brad Henderson has completed 102 of 180 passes for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns. Sixteen different receivers have caught a pass, including four with double-digit reception totals.

Phillip Harvey leads the team with 18 receptions for 267 yards and a pair of scores. He is also one of the most electrifying return men in Southland history, needing only 49 yards on kickoffs to move into third on the league's career kickoff return list. This season he is averaging 32.3 yards on six punt returns and 27.4 yards on 17 kick returns. He returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Mississippi Valley earlier this season. Harvey has totaled 1,021 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 170.2 per game, which ranks 10th nationally.

The Demon defense is led by two-time All-America linebacker Derek Rose, who has a team-high 51 tackles. Cortez Paige has three interceptions, including one he returned 52 yards for a touchdown against Arkansas-Monticello.

Southeastern quarterback Nathan Stanley has completed 108 of 203 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns, finding 14 different receivers, including six for at least 10 receptions. Stanley Moore leads the team with 18 catches for 259 yards. Michael Chaney has had the bulk of the carries for the Lions, totaling 123 yards and three touchdowns on 61 rushes, but he will miss the rest of the season with injury. True freshman Rasheed Harrell made his Southeastern debut last week at UAB in his place. The Lions have used 27 first-year players so far this season. Southeastern is averaging 14.8 points and 262.3 yards per game, while allowing 35.5 points and 386.3 yards per game. Kaleb Muse is the team's top tackler with 44, while Devan Walker leads the team with three sacks. Robert Alford has two interceptions for the Lions. Alford also is the Lions' return specialist. He has averaged 26.2 yards on four punt returns and returned one 75 yards for a score against Lamar.

The Southeastern vs. Northwestern series is the Lions' longest series. The teams are meeting for the 56th time on Saturday, dating back to 1935, with the Demons holding a 29-26 lead after claiming the last two games, including 51-17 last year in Natchitoches. The last Southeastern win was a 27-0 shutout of the Demons in 2009.

This list of Texas markets includes Abilene-Sweetwater on KRBC (9.2); Amarillo on KCPN (19.2); Austin on Time Warner YNN Sports (408/1509); Beaumont-Port Arthur on KUIL (12.3); Corpus Christi on KIII (3.2); Dallas-Fort Worth on KTXD (47.1); El Paso on KVIA (7.2); Houston on KUBE (57.1); Laredo on KTXW (8.2); Lubbock on KMYL (22.2); Midland-Odessa on KWWT (30.2); San Antonio on KSAT (12.2); Tyler-Longview on KCEB (54.1); and Waco-Temple-Bryan on KCEN (6.2).

The list of Louisiana markets includes Baton Rouge on WBTR (41); Lafayette on KLFY (10.2), Lake Charles on KVHP (29.2); Morgan City-Houma on KWBJ (22); Monroe on KWMS (17); New Orleans on WHNO (20.1); and Shreveport-Texarkana on KPXJ (21.1). The network reaches the Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas, market on KARZ (42.1). The list of affiliates will vary week to week, so check Southland.org/television for a carriage list prior to each game.

The game will air on same-day delay on the Comcast Network in the Washington, D.C./Mid-Atlantic and Pittsburgh, Pa./North Jersey regions Saturday at 9 p.m., Central.
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