Roberts: Expectations greater for Arkansas State

Updated: October 2, 2003, 7:04 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts reminded Little Rock supporters Thursday how expectations have changed for the Indians.

"A year ago, you would have all been happy with a 2-3 record," he said. "But now, the expectations have changed. They have changed for our fans, for our football team and for our coaches. And we want those expectations to change."

The Indians are 2-3 going into Saturday's game with Louisiana-Monroe (0-5) at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

"Every goal that we have set for our team can still be achieved," Roberts said. "Nothing has changed. We can still win all of our games at home. We can still have a winning season and we can still go to the New Orleans Bowl (as champion of the Sunbelt Conference)."

Arkansas State is coming off a 38-16 loss to Memphis last Saturday.

"We saw a lot of encouraging things," Roberts said. "We had some players play very well. We also played awfully well in the first half. In the second half, we had some turnovers on our end of the field that gave them some easy scores. The final score was not indicative of the game."

The Indians are counting the game with Louisiana-Monroe as part of their home schedule.

"We are going to do some things differently this year," the coach said. "We are treating it like a home game whereas last year we didn't do that. We are staying at the same (hotel chain) we stay in Jonesboro for our home games. We will just have a little longer of a bus ride" to War Memorial Stadium.

The Indians are 2-0 at home with victories over Southeast Missouri and Tennessee-Martin.

"ULM is a good football team," Roberts said. "Turnovers have killed them. If they don't have turnovers, they are probably 3-2 or 2-3. I know listening to their coach talk this week, he said they are a team that is ready to explode. We just hope they don't light that fuse on Saturday."

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