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Oklahoma preparing for four quarters of TCU’s Mat Boesen

TCU defensive end Mat Boesen sacks Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon in the Horned Frogs’ 45-22 win over the Bears on Nov. 24, 2017.
TCU defensive end Mat Boesen sacks Baylor quarterback Anu Solomon in the Horned Frogs’ 45-22 win over the Bears on Nov. 24, 2017. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Oklahoma didn’t get TCU’s best shot the last time the teams played.

No question the Sooners outplayed the Horned Frogs in the first half on November 11 in Norman, Okla., when they took a 38-7 lead at the half.

Oklahoma scored 21 points, however, after TCU defensive end Mat Boesen was ejected for a dubious-looking personal foul.

The Frogs won’t exactly be at full strength when they meet the Sooners in the Big 12 Conference championship at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium because safety Nick Orr will miss the first half serving a suspension for his role in the brawl with Baylor last week.

Boesen has 11.5 sacks this season, including a TCU and Big 12 record 5.5 sacks against Baylor.

“He’s very talented,” Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown said. “Obviously, he tries to work speed. He’s a high-energy guy and a lot of effort. I understand that. He’s going to come with his best.”

Relentless is the word that Sooners offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh kept using to describe Boesen.

“He’s got good moves, he mixes them up pretty well and he plays really really hard,” Bedenbaugh said. “Those are the guys that worry you more than anything. Everybody you play against has talent but the guys you play against who are really relentless with their effort, that’s probably the biggest thing that sticks out about him. Obviously, he’s got talent, but he’s relentless.”

The Sooners know the Frogs seek revenge, no one more than Boesen, who was forced from the field early in the second quarter for kicking at two Sooners players that appeared to be holding him on the ground.

“We understand that they are going to come out swinging,” Brown said. “We’ll come out swinging too.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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