RUSTON, La. -- J'Mar Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Jaqwis Dancy ran for two more as Louisiana Tech ran up more than 600 yards of offense to rout Southern 54-17 on Saturday night.
Louisiana Tech celebrated 50 years in Joe Aillet Stadium in the home opener.
The Bulldogs (2-0) scored on their first three possessions of the game, putting together drives of 79-, 36- and 94 yards. Only a second-quarter fumble kept them from scoring on all six first-half possessions.
Smith completed 24 of 37 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns. He carried five times for 54 yards, including a 19-yard dash around the right side for a first-quarter touchdown. Three quarterbacks combined to complete 27 of 42 passes for 427 yards.
Dancy had five carries for 67 yards and the Bulldogs ground game produced 186 yards on 33 carries.
John Lampley was 17 of 24 for 179 yards and a touchdown for Southern (0-2).
Ryquell Armstead ran for 108 yards and a touchdown, the Temple defense scored on two of its five turnovers and the Owls beat Tulsa 31-17 on Thursday night in an American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Tulsa QB Luke Skipper is stripped from behind by Temple's Sam Franklin and teammate Chapelle Russell recovers it to seal the win.
Tulsa's Corey Taylor II runs in a five-yard touchdown to shrink Tulsa's deficit to 28-17.
Down 28-10 early in the fourth, Cooper Edmiston intercepts Temple QB Anthony Russo to begin a Tulsa scoring drive.
Tulsa QB Luke Skipper is stripped and sacked by DE Quincy Roche who recovers the fumble and scores a 50-yard touchdown.
Anthony Russo connects with Randle Jones on a 41-yard gain and later tucks it and runs for a 1-yard touchdown and a Temple lead.
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