On Texas, and Turnovers

What did turnover numbers have to do with the Longhorns' 2011 results? Enough to make the Texas coaches emphasize that phase of the game repeatedly in the spring. And there's a good reason why. Read more inside.

The first number is the number of turnovers the Longhorns had, while the second is the number of turnovers Texas forced its opponents to commit. Wins are in bold.

Rice: 1-2

BYU: 2-2

UCLA: 2-4

Iowa State: 0-3

Oklahoma: 5-1

Oklahoma State: 3-1

Kansas: 2-2

Texas Tech: 0-0

Missouri: 1-1

Kansas State: 2-0

Texas A&M: 2-4

Baylor: 6-1

California: 0-5

A few quick points:

* Texas is 8-2 when the Longhorns committed two or fewer turnovers. The two losses? Missouri (Tied 1-1) and Kansas State (Lost 2-0).

* Texas is 0-3 when committing three or more turnovers. The Longhorns lost all three of those games — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor — by double digits.

* Texas is 8-1 when winning or tying the turnover battle. Missouri was the lone loss.

* Texas was 0-4 when losing the turnover battle.

* In 2011, Texas was just as likely to commit three or more turnovers (three times) as it was to not commit any (three times). Texas didn't commit any turnovers against Iowa State, Texas Tech or California.

* Texas was only shut out in the turnover department twice: once vs. Texas Tech and again against Kansas State.

*Texas forced at least two turnovers in seven of its eight wins.

* The Longhorns were 1-5 in games that they forced fewer than two turnovers.

* Texas caused three or more turnovers four times: UCLA, Iowa State, Texas A&M and California. Two of those games were among the first four games of the season, and two among the last three.

* In-between those games, Texas forced five turnovers in six games. Texas went 2-4 in those games.

* But Texas ended on a high note. The Longhorns created 16 turnovers in the first 10 games (a 1.6 per game average). Texas then forced 10 in the final three contests, doubling that average (3.3 per game).

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