LSU racked up 638 yards of total offense and scored 56 points in its victory Tuesday over Texas Tech. That Texas Bowl explosion might have been just what offensive coordinator Cam Cameron needed to keep his job.
Cameron, whose contract expires after this season, is on the hot seat after LSU’s offense went into a midseason swoon amidst a three-game losing streak. The Tigers averaged just 15.7 points during that skid after averaging 38.9 points during LSU’s 7-0 start.
An outdated scheme and conservative play calling was to blame for LSU’s offensive slump and Cameron was viewed as the scapegoat. Cameron’s future is still undetermined following LSU’s decisive Texas Bowl victory. Cameron told The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger that he had not spoken with LSU athletic director Joe Alleva about his expiring contract.
Cameron didn’t make many changes to LSU’s schemes and still won the game with its bread and butter of Leonard Fournette mashing opponents, but he did make a few adjustments during the Texas Bowl.
The offensive coordinator came down from the booth and coached from the sidelines on Tuesday night, which was something he had not done all season. Coach Les Miles thought having Cameron on the sidelines greatly helped his offense.
“Cam being down was exactly the right thing,” Miles said after the game according to Dellenger.
Cameron also made a concerted effort to get quarterback Brandon Harris rolling. Harris was inaccurate throughout the night, but completed 5-of-7 passes for 151 yards plus two carries for 35 yards and a rushing touchdown on LSU’s final five drives of the game. Special wrinkles such as the end around run designed for D.J. Chark that went for a 79-yard touchdown also showed Cameron’s ability to pull some tricks out of his sleeve.
LSU’s offense was spectacular against the Red Raiders. The question will be whether its performance was enough to preserve Cameron’s job. Many fans and program insiders want LSU to shift to a modified spread offense, but Cameron and Miles have not shown much willingness to adapt this season.
Either way, LSU’s offense could be headed in a different direction in 2016.