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Reducing turnovers is key for Oklahoma State

OSU football: Additional plays mean additional chances for mistakes in Dana Holgorsen's new offense.
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Modified: September 1, 2010 at 9:36 am •  Published: August 31, 2010

But turnovers and ball security aren't the only drive killers.

"It's not just interceptions, we have been preaching about playing smart," Holgorsen said. "The two things I talk about are penalties, especially pre-snap penalties that's something that just must be eliminated, and taking care of the football. We work on taking care of the ball every day, typically first games are won by the team with the least turnovers."

Junior quarterback Brandon Weeden will be the trigger man in the offense and his decision making will be critical if the Cowboys want to limit their interceptions and overall turnovers.

But it's not all on Weeden.

"We trust Brandon to make good decisions," Holgorsen said. "(But) when (the ball) is in the air it's the receiver's job to catch it or make sure they don't."

Said Blackmon: "That's the No. 1 rule. If you can't catch the ball you're supposed to turn into a defender and knock it down. (A interception) is as much our fault as it is Brandon's fault."

Turnover tales

A major concern with any offense is turnovers. Here's a look at the fumbles, interceptions and total turnovers by offenses run by Dana Holgorsen since 2005.

Year, Team, Fumbles, Interceptions, Total Turnovers

2009, Houston, 11, 15,26

2008, Houston, 17, 11, 28

2007, Texas Tech, 11, 15, 26

2006, Texas Tech, 13, 11, 24

2005, Texas Tech, 7, 12, 19

Cupcakes and turnovers

Dana Holgorsen's offense brings a certain amount of risk and reward. The reward is record-setting scoring and eye-popping passing numbers the risk is turnovers particularly interceptions. Here's a look at the best and worst days (in relation to turnovers) during Holgorsen's last two seasons at Houston:


Year, Opponent, TD, TO, Score

2009, Tulane, 6, 0, W 44-16

2009, SMU, 5, 0, W 38-15

2009, Memphis ,8,0 ,W 55-14

2009, Rice, 10, 0, W 73-14

2008, Tulsa, 10, 1, W 70-30

2008, UTEP, 6, 1, W 42-37

2008, UAB, 6, 1, W 45-20

2008, Southern, 7, 1, W 55-3


Year, Opponent, TD, TO, Score

2009, Air Force ,2 ,6 ,L 47-20

2009, East Carolina, 5 ,4 ,L 38-32

2009, Central Florida ,4 ,3 ,L 37-32

2009 ,So. Miss ,6 ,3 ,W 50-43

2008, Colorado St., 3, 4 ,L 28-25

2008, East Carolina, 5, 4, W 41-24

2008, Marshall, 3, 3, L 37-23

2008 ,Air Force, 4, 3, W 34-28

Compiled by Brandon Chatmon

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