RUSTON — Southern made $350,000 for coming to Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night and playing up against Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Louisiana Tech.
From a football standpoint, the Jaguars came away with nothing, losing 62-15 in a season opener that was decided well before halftime.
Southern’s lopsided loss continued a recent trend. It was the fourth consecutive season the Jaguars opened the season on the road against a member of the Football Bowl Subdvision.
The previous three losses came against UL-Lafayette last season, Houston (2013) and New Mexico (2012).
The four losses have come by a combined 235-55. Southern remained winless in eight all-time games against FBS schools. The Jaguars will visit Georgia on Sept. 26.
There were three changes to Southern’s projected starting lineup.
Ki-Jana Curtis started at cornerback in place of Jamar Mitchell, who nursed a sore hamstring throughout the preseason. Eric Janeau started ahead of Skyler Prol at right tackle in a back-and-forth competition that lasted throughout camp. In the most surprising change, Allen Spry, who was slowed by a sore knee during preseason, started ahead of Anthony Mosley, a preseason All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection, at right guard.
Dixon ties Dayne
Tech senior tailback Kenny Dixon scored two first-half touchdowns to give him 63 for his illustrious career, during which he has become the Bulldogs’ career rushing leader.
The scores tied him for 10th place on the NCAA career touchdown list with former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who played at Wisconsin from 1996-99.
Ex-Tiger breaks loose
Bulldogs receiver and LSU transfer Paul Turner’s 45-yard return for a touchdown wasn’t just the first of the season. It was the first for Tech in nearly four years.
The last time Tech returned a punt for a touchdown was Nov. 26, 2011, when Craig Johnson went 89 yards against New Mexico State.
Cannon causes minor injury
A worker at the game was injured when the cannon he was working on fired unexpectedly.
The unidentified worker suffered “small ash burns” to his face and was taken to nearby North Louisiana Medical Center as a precaution, said Capt. Todd Abercrombie of the Ruston Fire Department, an EMT on the scene.
A Tech official said the worker, a 25-year veteran of a Shreveport-based fireworks company, was “making an adjustment” to the cannon when it discharged.
Attendance was 27,905, the second-largest at Joe Aillet Stadium. It came on the night that the building’s newest addition, the Davison Athletics Complex, debuted.
The largest crowd in the stadium’s history was 28,714 for a game against UL-Monroe in 1997.
The crowd included a few thousand Southern fans, though both sides of the stadium started emptying long before the game ended.
ike Gegenheimer contributed to this report.