No one on the TCU defense has received more fanfare than Mat Boesen and Ben Banogu, and deservedly so.
They both have three letters in their first names and six in their last, and they both rush the passer excellently.
“Mat (Boesen) has always been a contributor,” said Gary Patterson in Monday’s Big 12 Teleconference. “Number one, he’s got really good player on other side (Banogu). It’s hard to double both sides.”
“Mat plays with a lot of energy,” Patterson continued. “He was a wrestler; and with his size he can play with a lot of leverage. All transfer guys you usually only get one and a half years out of them. You lose one good year in transition. In Mat’s case he caught on at end of last year. This spring he really came on and has had a great season since.”
Banogu and Boesen have combined for a staggering 19 sacks this year, five and a half of which came from Boesen against Baylor. The pair have been after quarterbacks all year, and their experience has been crucial for a TCU defense that’s been stellar so far.
If the “Killer B’s” want to cement their legacy as the conference’s dominant bookends, they’ll need to plant stellar Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield a few times during the Big 12 Championship. A Sooners loss could cost the Big 12 a title shot, but that’s far from the minds of Patterson and his defense.
“We’re 10-2 and letting them think about that and not playing for a championship,” said Patterson of his team’s mentality heading into the conference title game. “All the other stuff doesn’t matter.”
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