Louisiana Tech 62, Southern 15: Les East’s three and out _lowres

Photo by TOM MORRIS/LaTechSportsPix -- The Human Juebox plays during Southern's season-opening game against Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night.


The talent gap between the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Division remains very wide. Maybe it’s getting bigger. Louisiana Tech is a good mid-major program, having won the Conference USA West Division and a bowl game last season, but they’re not a powerhouse. Nonetheless, if this were a boxing match it would have been a first-round knockout.


Willie Quinn and Danny Johnson are two of the Jaguars’ most dynamic players and only bright spots Saturday. Quinn had a 100-yard kickoff return, which came with score out of hand at 24-0 but gave Southern a brief emotional lift. Johnson, a standout cornerback as a true freshman last season, made two interceptions in the red zone that kept the final margin from being even bigger. They came through when virtually nothing else was going the Jaguars way.


Burn the tape, forget it ever happened and move on to Itta Bena. The Jaguars have a short week to get ready for their conference opener at Mississippi Valley on Thursday. Losing to Tech, per se, isn’t a big deal because no one expected them to win. But if the Jaguars allow the wounds of this embarrassment to carry over and cost them a league game against a less talented team, then it will mean much more in the grand scheme of this season.