In nine victories, Oklahoma has forced 24 turnovers. In two losses, the Sooners have forced zero turnovers.
Heading into Saturday’s showdown for the Big 12 championship against Oklahoma State, if the Sooners force mistakes, will they win?
“Coach tells us that the team that wins the turnover battle has the best chance to win the game,” senior safety Sam Proctor said. “Ultimately, turnovers do help decide the outcome of the game.”
For as great and consistent as OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden has been, he has shown the tendency to turn the ball over. Weeden has thrown 12 interceptions this season and threw three picks in OU’s 47-41 victory last season.
It didn’t surprise OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables when he heard the turnover stats, but he said the flow of the game helps dictate the turnover battle.
“If you’re playing well and making it difficult, they’re going to expose themselves [to mistakes],” Venables said. “But when they’re playing well, they don’t have to expose themselves.”