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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys have to find their 'edge' against lowly Savannah State

OSU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma State should put up some pretty gaudy numbers Saturday vs. Savannah State. So how do we gauge where the Cowboys are at in 2012? Keep an eye on the Cowboys' edge, penalties and turnovers.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 31, 2012

/articleid/3705910/1/pictures/1814629">Photo - Oklahoma State's Anthony Rogers (94) celebrates a sack in the second half of the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Ragin' Cajuns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Anthony Rogers (94) celebrates a sack in the second half of the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Ragin' Cajuns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Considering how out of hand this game has a chance to become, the Cowboys are bound to have some lapses and likely to play lots of backups.

So, what's would be some fair numbers to gauge this game?

Look at last season and a team that by all accounts was a seasoned and mature squad, and you'll see lots of clean games. In eight games, those Cowboys committed five or less penalties. When it came to turnovers, there were eight games where they had zero or one turnover.

Committing fewer than five penalties and having one turnover or less would be good benchmarks against Savannah State.

Whether OSU plays that way Saturday will tell us something about this bunch.

“That kind of shows the maturity of the team you have,” Spencer said.

The opponents are only going to get more difficult from here. But if the Cowboys are able to play with an edge against the worst team in OSU history, it could be a sign of good things to come.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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