The story for Oklahoma State the past few seasons has been a high powered offense coupled with a defense that will battle to get the ball back for them. Last season, Oklahoma State led the country in turnovers gained with 44.
Each one of those was an additional opportunity for Todd Monken and the offensive staff to make sure points went on the board.
"Teams play well off each other. This team has played well offensively the last two years not only because of great players, but because our defense has created 70-something turnovers. That's what good teams do." Todd Monken aknowledged.
Actually, over the last three seasons, Oklahoma State leads the nation in forced turnovers. The Cowboys have forced 17 more turnovers than the next closest team (108 to Oregon's 91). Impressive.
To emphasize turnovers during practice, a whistle is given two times at the end of each play. The first whistle is meant to get all 11 players swarming to the football, the second one is to get the players stripping the ball away.
Co-defensive coordinator / linebacker coach Glenn Spencer, who will call the defense for the next week or so while Bill young recovers from a medical procedure, notes that the team takes a tremendous amount of pride in being a national leader in turnovers.
"Our players' eagerness to lead the nation again, it's all there,. To say it's going to happen again, that's ridiculous. But based on what we have done, our kids see it...and they take pride in it and they know it's a big issue around here."
Over the past two seasons, the Cowboys are an impressive 23-3 in games where they win the turnover battle.
The defensive staff will look to build on that as they take on Savannah State on Saturday at 7 in Boone Pickens Stadium.