Sept. 8, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; The referees were way too busy Saturday night as Oklahoma State set a school record for penalty yards in a game. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Cool article here examines the role of turnovers in games involving Big 12 teams. Oklahoma State learned last year just how valuable a positive turnover margin can be. Obviously, the Arizona game Saturday showed the other side of the story for the Cowboys, as turnovers (and penalties, and dropped passes and weak defense) doomed the Pokes. Anyway, this is an interesting look at just how crucial turnovers are.
GoPokes takes a look at the state of the team. I like the idea of this position-by-position breakdown. It should be a good way to monitor the team's progression throughout the year. The areas that stick out after last week are clearly the line play and secondary. The offensive line did a good job in pass protection for the most part, but struggled with opening up gaps in the run game -- oh yeah, and penalties were a little bit of a problem. The front seven on defense also struggled and the secondary got shredded throughout the night. Check out the article for more analysis,
And now to switch things up, this article by Berry Tramel shows the positive side of the loss for OSU. In today's media luncheon, both players and coaches seemed to acknowledge that lessons were learned from the loss. For the team's sake, let's hope the areas of concern will be corrected.