TCU Offense Has Young's Full Attention

Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young found Monday he was making some of the same comments from last week. Last week, Young was talking about Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett. The Cowboys assistant coach says last Saturday's game was good preparation because TCU's Trevone Boykin is a dual threat who is capable of running the zone read on one play and then throwing deep the next.

"Oh yeah, he scares me," said Young. "He really can run around, and then he will throw it right by you. I think they're athletic - they have lots of speed. I think that's one of the things they look for in recruiting is speed at all the skill positions. They're much faster than what we've been seeing."

TCU is as dangerous an offense as you can get because they are not shy about going over land or working to win through the air.

"They'll throw the ball all over the place, but they also run it awfully well," Young said. "They do a great job of running the zone read, and they have some blocking schemes that give us a lot of difficulty, in addition to throwing the ball well. The thing that concerns us about the passing game is their speedy receivers."

The OSU defense did have its best effort on Saturday. The Cowboys bounced back after allowing Iowa State to drive the ball right down the field on their first possession. It was not pretty, but it was cleaned up for the most part for the rest of the game.

"I don't know that we made adjustments as much as our players started doing their jobs and not trying to help the other guy," Young explained. "Once we stayed home and took care of business, it all fell into place.

"If an individual makes a mistake, we can get him out and coach him up. But if someone else is trying to cover up for the first mistake and makes one of his own, it snowballs. If they just do their own jobs, we can fix it.

"We're never going to play as well as we want to play," said Young. "We are getting better, and I think we're a work in progress and that's our goal. We want to continue to improve and continue to do better. We also want to force more turnovers."

The Cowboys forced two turnovers on Saturday to make six for the season (an average of one a game). Last season, the Cowboys averaged forcing 3.3 turnovers per game and they need to get closer to that average. This weekend would be a good time to start.

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