We went on the road and beat a good football team without playing great offensively," said Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes, "but we did not turn the ball over. Being able to go on the road and still win a game without playing great on offense is a real tribute. Again, I thought we played extremely well defensively. I think they made some plays, and the defense was flying around playing fast, so I was pleased with what they did."
Nick Isham was 10 for 22 for 63 yards for the Bulldogs. Isham has had a fantastic freshman campaign, but the offense has hit a wall in recent weeks. Dykes decided to give Colby Cameron a shot in an attempt to spark the offense.
"Colby did a good job preparing every week like he was going to be the starting quarterback," explained Dykes. "Just like anything else, an opportunity came up and he made the most of it, and it was critical to us winning the football game on Saturday. It's a real tribute to his character and his unselfishness because that's a hard thing to do. He hung in there, continues to work every day and is a great team player. I've been very proud of him."
Cameron was 4 of 6 for 38 yards, but the offense seemed to move the ball better once the junior came in. Cameron has a little more of an arm than Isham and the Aggies had to respect the threat of a deep ball. This aalso helped open things up for the Tech rushing attack.
Cameron has had success in Ruston. He was 31 of 43 for 251 yards and a touchdown last season against Navy. If he gets the start, Cameron will try to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth straight win over San Jose State.
Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State 45-38 last season. The Spartans have improved this year under second year Head Coach Mike McIntyre. The Spartans knocked off Hawaii recently and have an identical record as Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-1 WAC.)
Dykes wouldn't come out and say that Cameron will take over for Isham for the rest of the year. Isham has had some big games this year and was hrt against Utah State. "More than anything, he was hurt," added Dykes. "He got hit and was hurting a little bit, so I think more than anything, it was his injury. I'm not sure he was 100 percent."
Regardless of who starts at quarterback, Louisiana Tech has a chance to get back to 4-4 and take a big step in the WAC race. Although the Bulldogs haven't won recently at home, being back at Joe Aillet will be a big boost.
Dykes said he was glad to be home. "We like playing here," he said. "The support has been outstanding here. We have had three great crowds and look forward to a fourth on Saturday. The fans have been outstanding and look forward to playing well and hopefully have a chance to win a football game."