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Texas-TCU notebook: Horns’ Boyd, Horned Frogs’ Reagor engaged in intriguing day-long battles

Posted September 22nd, 2018

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Jalen Reagor compiled the statistics, but Kris Boyd got the win.

Reagor, TCU’s sophomore wide receiver, kept Boyd busy during Texas’ 31-16 win over No. 17 TCU on Saturday. Reagor did not record any offensive statistics in last year’s meeting, but led TCU with eight catches for 96 yards. He caught a touchdown but Boyd prevented two others with pass breakups.

Reagor was targeted 15 times. Six of his catches and 81 of his yards were logged in the first two quarters. He also had a 1-yard back-shoulder catch that gave TCU a 13-10 lead right before halftime.

Boyd also had his moments, though. Twice beaten by Reagor in the first half, he closed on the receiver to swat away a pass from Robinson. Herman said Boyd was assisted during a portion of the afternoon by cloud coverage and help from a UT safety.

“For the most part, he did a great job in those 1-1 matchups,” Herman said. “I thought that Coach Orlando did a nice job too of mixing in some help at times for him.”

The 5-11, 195-pound Reagor had 15 catches and 196 receiving yards over TCU’s first three games. Boyd had struggled in UT’s opener against Maryland, but the senior made key plays in each of UT’s last two wins.

Reagor was not among the seven receivers on UT’s schedule who appeared on the Biletnikoff Award’s preseason watch list. Texas held Tulsa’s Justin Hobbs to two catches on Sept. 8. Awaiting Texas are matchups against Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb, West Virginia’s David Sills V and Gary Jennings Jr., Baylor’s Denzel Mims and Kansas’ Steven Sims, Jr.

Rebuffing the run: The sequel is rarely as good as the original, but Texas’ run defense still looked good in its encore performance.

TCU ran for 141 yards on 32 attempts. The Horned Frogs entered the week with the nation’s 32nd-ranked rushing offense, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. In its last four games against Texas, TCU had run for 849 yards and nine touchdowns.

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The Longhorns held USC to minus-5 yards on the ground last week.That marked the 30th time in school history that a team gained less than zero yards against UT’s run defense.

Injury update: Following the game, Texas coach Tom Herman placed running back Keaontay Ingram (hip), left tackle Calvin Anderson (knee) and special-teams player Jarmarquis Durst (shoulder) on the injury report. Ingram returned to the game after receiving treatment on his first-half injury. Herman said Anderson played through his pain.

Ingram missed last week’s win over USC with a knee injury. Ingram had 38 yards over eight rushing attempts, and he ran four straight times in the third quarter. Senior Tre Watson scored on a three-yard run and led UT in rushing yards (58) and carries (15). Sophomore Daniel Young also ran eight times for 10 yards.

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