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Did Losing Bosa Help Us Win the TCU Game?

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September 17, 2018 at 5:30pm

I saw this while at the game, but wanted to see it on the replay to see if I would see the same thing. TCU's game plan was to option Nick Bosa, making him "wrong" no matter what he did. They did it with read-option. They did it with RPOs. The first drive was so indicative of what I'm talking about, so you don't have to look far to see what I'm talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVIfFR7X6nU - Full game video here. 

They also were moving at hyperspeed on offense and getting the ball out quickly, which takes the DL out of the game a bit. I believe this was all scheming around Bosa.

In the second half after Bosa left the game, it seemed like TCU was confused what to do on offense. Their scheme was quite different in the second half, which seemed odd, really. Not sure if we changed our coverage or what, but TCU was clearly less effective in the 2nd half on offense and they attacked us differently. 

What do you think - did losing Bosa actually "help us"? I know he is a great player and we would love to have him always. But it seemed odd that we improved after losing our best player

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