RUSTON, LA (WAFB) - The Southern Jaguars lose their season opener against Louisiana Tech, 62-15.
"We can't control what just happened to today. That's behind us. We gotta move on to the next week," said Southern head coach Dawson Odums. "I always talk to them like that. I'm probably one of the most positive coaches you'll ever meet. We just lost 62-15 and all I can say is this 'Hey that's over with. That's behind us. Let's move forward. Concentrate on the next game, and see if we can play a little bit better."
Southern played three of its four quarterbacks in the loss: Sophomores Austin Howard and Jarrad Hayes and redshirt sophomore Deonte Shorts. Howard was 12 of 20 for 95 with 2 interceptions. Hayes ended up 6 of 8 with 81 yards, and Shorts was 1 of 8 with 11 yards.
Southern's only score in the first half came from wide receiver Willie Quinn who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touch down. The Jaguars got a two-point conversion to make the score 24-8 in the first quarter.
Running back Lenard Tillery scored Southern's other touchdown of the game in the third quarter. He ran 72 yards on 10 attempts.
Former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel had four touchdown passes for Louisiana Tech and ran for another to give the Bulldogs a 62-15 victory over Southern. He was 12 of 15 for 274 yards and rushed 15 yards.
The Jaguars travel again next week to Itta Bena, Mississippi to play Mississippi Valley State on Thursday, September 10 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU/ESPN3.
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Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel passes to Kenneth Dixon for a 55-yard TD. (La Tech 7, Southern 0 - 9:16 1st Qtr)
Louisiana Tech WR Paul Turner returns a punt for a 45-yard TD. (La Tech 14, Southern 0 - 7:28 1st Qtr)
Louisiana Tech kicker Jonathan Barnes hits 35-yard FG. (La Tech 17, Southern 0 - 5:36 1st Qtr)
Bulldogs' Driskel throws to Trent Taylor for a 22-yard TD. (La Tech 24, Southern 0 - 1:18 1st Qtr)
Southern WR Willie Quinn returns a kickoff for a 100-yard TD with a 2-pt conversion. (La Tech 24, Southern 8 - 1:03 1st Qtr)
La Tech throws to Marcus Gaines for a 27-yard TD. (La Tech 31, Southern 8 - 13:47 2nd Qtr)
La Tech's Turner scores on a 58-yard pass from Driskel for a TD. (La Tech 38, Southern - 12:35 2nd Qtr)
Bulldogs' Kenneth Dixon rushes for a 65-yard TD. (La Tech 45, Southern 8 - 11:52 2nd Qtr)
Bulldogs' Driskel rushes for a 6-yard TD. (La Tech 52, Southern 8 - 6:33 2nd Qtr)
Southern running back Lenard Tillery rushes for a 1-yard TD. (La Tech 52, Southern 15 - 7:03 3rd Qtr)
Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins passes to Marlon Watts for a 22-yard TD. (La Tech 59, Southern 15 - 3:12 3rd Qtr)
La Tech's Barnes kicked a 43-yard TD. (La Tech 62, Southern 15 - 5:26 4th Qtr)