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

by Jenni Carlson and Gina Mizell Published: November 4, 2011

JENNI CARLSON, COLUMNIST: NO

I'll be the first to admit that getting a bunch of turnovers is what this Cowboy defense does. It isn't some sort of fluke. It is a habit.

But the Wildcat offense has its own habit — it doesn't turn the ball over. It has committed only eight turnovers this season, an average of one a game.

Because the Wildcats don't throw the ball much, interceptions will be hard to come by for the Cowboys. They are going to have to get their turnovers by forcing fumbles, stripping and raking at the ball.

That's a tough way to make a turnover living.

What's more, K-State has fumbled the ball 14 times this season but lost only five of those fumbles. These Cats pounce on the ball if it's loose, which makes the Cowboys' job even tougher.

OSU will get a couple turnovers against K-State, but any more than that is unlikely.


by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
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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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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