Indians happy to be home

Updated: October 21, 2003, 12:48 PM ET

MONROE, La. -- After four weeks with no home games, Louisiana-Monroe returns Saturday.

"It's going to be fun to be back at home," coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "Hopefully, we can get 20,000-plus people out here. I'd love to get 20,000 people in the stands. It would be very beneficial to us to have that extra fan in the stands when it comes to playing a team like New Mexico State."

Coming off a bye week, the Indians (1-6, 1-2 Sunbelt Conference) played their last three games on the road. ULM picked up its first win on Oct. 11 with a 45-42 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette. New Mexico State (1-6, 1-2) lost 26-24 at Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday night.

"I think this is where we need to start continuing to build for the future," ULM linebacker Maurice Sonnier said. "New Mexico State is a great, physical ballclub. They're coming here to play. I know they're angry for losing their conference games. We've got to be ready to step up to the plate."

The incoming Aggies have fallen on hard times this year, thanks in part to a minus-7 turnover ratio. New Mexico State has thrown 11 interceptions with nine fumbles while forcing just 13 takeaways.

The Indians have seen opponents score more than 40 points in the last two games. ULM lost a 44-41 shootout to Arkansas State on Oct. 4. Weatherbie said ULM worked on polishing its rough edges during the bye week.

"What we're trying to do is get back to fundamentals," Weatherbie said. "When you have an open week, that's a great opportunity to get back to blocking, tackling, ball security -- all the little things that it takes to be successful. You can really start honing in on those little things that make the big things happen."

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