ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When Les Miles hired old friend Cam Cameron as LSU's new offensive coordinator, one of the big hopes was for the Tigers to have a more dynamic passing game.
Cameron made quite a first impression for 12th-ranked LSU, and it was exactly what Miles had envisioned for second-year starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger throwing to a group of talented receivers.
"I think that Zach will have nights like that pretty routinely from this point forward," Miles said.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, the junior receiving duo, gave LSU its first game since 2001 with two 100-yard receivers while Mettenberg threw for 251 yards. The Tigers had 448 total yards in a 37-27 win over No. 20 TCU, a team long known for its solid defenses.
"It's like a weight off your shoulder. You never know what to expect, but Cam opening up this system, I'm just excited to see it," Beckham said, also giving a nod to the senior quarterback. "He's more like himself right now and he's comfortable. He knows he's going to make some amazing plays."
Their success against a team returning all five starting defensive backs from the Big 12's top defense was a good start for the Tigers in Cameron's debut.
LSU has two more tuneups before getting in the gauntlet of SEC play, in the same division with defending national champion Alabama and Texas A&M. The Tigers play their home opener next Saturday against UAB, then host Kent State before the league opener Sept. 21 against Auburn, also at home.
The Horned Frogs also have their home opener next weekend, a game against Southeastern Louisiana that was initially supposed to be the first game of this season before agreeing to play LSU in the Cowboys Classic at the NFL team's stadium. Their Big 12 opener at Texas Tech is five days later.
"I know we gave it our all. I am not feeling too bad. LSU is a great team. I feel like we are not down," said B.J. Catalon, who had a 100-yard kickoff return and also scored on a 26-yard run. "We can still win a conference championship."