Texas looking to force turnovers vs. Oklahoma State
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 07:09
When Texas travels to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend to face Oklahoma State, head coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns will be focused on creating turnovers, capitalizing on them and not giving the ball back to the opponent. In its first three games this season, Texas has forced seven turnovers while giving the ball away once.
"We were able to show the guys last year in the eight games we won. We won the turnover ratio, and in the five we lost, we lost the turnover ratio," Brown said. "We’ve gone back in our 15 years here, and when we’ve won the turnover ratio, we’re 75-0."
Longhorns’ sophomore cornerback, Quandre Diggs, ranks second in the nation in interceptions with three already this season. On the opposite side of the ball, quarterback David Ash hasn’t turned the ball over yet. Texas understands it has to control the football in order win in the explosive Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma State gearing up for Texas
Earlier this month, Oklahoma State lost handily to Arizona, making plenty of mistakes in the process.
Oklahoma State was penalized for 167 total yards and turned the ball over four times. Head coach Mike Gundy knows if his team plays like that again this week against Texas, the Cowboys won’t have much of a chance to win.
"Overall, the team (Texas) is getting back to where I’m sure where Coach Brown wants it to be," Gundy said. "So we have to have a great week of practice. We have a great plan and we have to go play hard and force turnovers."
Coach Gundy understands Texas will be able to capitalize on mistakes. If the Cowboys can protect the football, they will have a shot to win the game.
Tuberville impressed with Iowa State defense
Through three games, the Texas Tech offense ranks second in the country, averaging 598 yards per game. Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege has already thrown 12 touchdown passes this season.
Saturday, when Texas Tech meets up with Iowa State, it will be more of a challenge than Texas has seen so far this season.
"(Iowa State head coach) Paul Rhoads is a defensive coach. He worked for me a year at Auburn. He’s a big technique guy," said Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville. "I’m impressed with their experience; they have linebackers who can play and run, defensive linemen who play with their hands and defensive backs who are well-coached. They don’t do a lot, but what they do, they do it right."