OSU football notebook: Cowboys making turnovers pay off

The Cowboys have forced at least one turnover in every game this season and at least two in nine games, with 13 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries.
By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm •  Published: November 16, 2010
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Oklahoma State leads the conference and is ranked fifth nationally in turnovers gained with 27.

The Cowboys have forced at least one turnover in every game this season and at least two in nine games, with 13 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries.

And it's all by design.

“It's something that we stress so much,” said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. “If you come out and watch one of our practices, you'd probably laugh at the number of times you hear us coaches screaming about turnovers, ripping out, stripping out, going high point to pick the ball, take it and get a block, and all this.

“I think we're getting them because that's what we're demanding as coaches. We've got players that have really bought into that and the result is we're leading the conference in turnovers.”

KU NAMES QUARTERBACK

Kansas has rolled through quarterbacks this season, with injuries and ineffectiveness playing a part.

For Saturday's game against OSU, the Jayhawks will start Quinn Mecham, who started the season as the No. 3 quarterback.

Mecham has started the past three games, even after former starter Jordan Webb returned from injury. Mecham sparked KU's wild comeback win over Colorado, setting a school record at one point with 17 straight completions.

Still, despite completing 64 percent of his passes, Mecham's passing production is modest, with 416 yards in four games and four interceptions against three touchdowns.

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