Three-star Texas linebacker commit Demarco Boyd (Gilmer/ Gilmer, TX) weighed in on the defense’s upcoming matchup.
“I hope they match up pretty good,” Boyd said. “Take it one play at a time.”
The defense has taken a lot of heat following Texas’ recent losses. Cal passed for 268 yards and rushed for 280 yards against this defense. They also scored 45 points.
Oklahoma State passed for 292 yards, rushed for 103 yards and scored 30 points.
TCU’s offense will give Texas its biggest challenge of the season so far. In only four games this season, Boykin has 1,470 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 190 rushing yards.
As far as Texas’ offense goes, things are starting to get better. Boyd says the key for the offense is to move the ball.
“I hope the offense can produce to keep the offense fresh,” the commit said.
What Boyd is stressing is the offense’s time of possession. The defense really shows its exhaustion when the time of possession is lopsided. In the loss at Notre Dame, the defense was on the field for 39 minutes compared to the offense’s 20. Against
Rice, the defense was on the field for almost 45 minutes. In the OSU loss, the defense was on the field for 34 minutes.
As the season has progressed, the offense has gotten better at moving the ball. The defense will need all its energy against TCU’s top ranked offense.
In Texas’ loss to OSU, the officials seemed to steal the spotlight. From phantom calls to calling penalties on players who were not on the field, the officiating was very lopsided. Boyd’s older brother, Kris who is a freshman defensive back, had an interception called back due to a penalty.
“Refs are going to ref,” the younger Boyd said.
The officiating is out of the player’s control, so there is only one thing they can do according to Boyd.
“Players play ball,” he said.
Of all of these penalties, Boyd was most surprised by the defensive holding call. Defensive tackle Poona Ford was called for holding when, really, he was the one being held.
The Horns face the No. 4 Horned Frogs on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Fort Worth.