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Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich -- cautiously -- talks ball security

Gina Mizell Modified: September 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: September 25, 2013

Mike Yurcich looked at the podium inside the press box of Boone Pickens Stadium, determined it must be fake wood, and then knocked on his head instead.

The Oklahoma State offensive coordinator had been asked about the Cowboys’ ability to hang onto the football so far this season, as a first-half interception thrown by J.W. Walsh against Lamar is their only turnover through three games.

“You kind of feel like you’re in the dugout right and it’s the eighth inning and you don’t want to talk about that no-no. You don’t want to talk about that no-hitter,” Yurcich said. “So it’s good, we’ve got to keep it up, we’ve gotta continue to work at it, blah blah blah…”

Yurcich said ball security was an emphasis the first time he met Cowboy coach Mike Gundy to interview for the job he eventually landed. And it’s remained that way, even coming up Monday morning before meeting with the media.

“It’s something that we do every day,” Yurcich said. “Our assistant coaches to a great job of communicating and facilitating drills that help us to where Saturday, it’s just habit. It’s muscle memory. And that stuff comes throughout the week, and it comes with effort, and our players do a good job of understanding those fundamentals and working hard at them.”

West Virginia, OSU’s opponent Saturday, has forced eight turnovers through four games.