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OSU point/counterpoint: Will the OSU defense reach its per-game average of turnovers forced?

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 4, 2011

Will the OSU defense reach its per-game average of three turnovers against Kansas State?

GINA MIZELL, OSU WRITER: YES

I'm fully on board the OSU-is-going-to-force-turnovers bandwagon. I've seen this team enough and learned enough about the Cowboys' practice habits to know it's not luck.

Yeah, I know Kansas State only has eight turnovers on the season. But Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was one of the best in the nation at protecting the football before he came to Stillwater last week. He had thrown just two interceptions all season before facing OSU's defense. He tossed two picks against the Cowboys--in the first half.  

It will be a bit tougher for the Cowboys take the ball away from the Wildcats because they are a run-first offense. But OSU has fierce hitters all over the field—Jamie Blatnick, Shaun Lewis, Markelle Martin and Daytawion Lowe first come to mind—that can pop the ball away from K-State quarterback Collin Klein and the Wildcat running backs.

Will the Cowboys get five turnovers like they did against BU last week? Probably not. But will they get three? I'd bet on it. 

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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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