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.
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.
Not only does St. Johns' (D-III - MN) John Gagliardi have the most wins (460 in 50 seasons as the head coach for the Johnnies) at age 85, but he's also been coaching longer than 104 of the 120 current FBS coaches have even been alive.
The top ten coaches in terms of winning percentage (with at least 10 years of experience) include Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly, Paul Johnson and Terry Bowden.
Both Steve Spurrier and Brian Kelly have a chance to reach the 200 career win mark this season. Spurrier needs 3 wins to reach the milestone and Kelly needs 13.
Brian Kelly compares football to rugby for Dublin crowd
After finding out that conditions are a little windier overseas in Dublin than they had been in South Bend this week, Brian Kelly noted that "tight balls will be rewarded"
"When it's windy conditions, tight balls are rewarded. If you throw good spirals, your going to be ok. If your mechanics are bad and you're trying to wing it and drop down sidearm, the wind will play havoc with your football."
"You're trying to remind him (the quarterback) about the conditions, and you have to be on top of your game, or the conditions can affect you."
Kelly noted that they laid off the physical demands during practice today because of the long trip, but always expects the players to be mentally sharp.
Also, talking with a reporter from Ireland, Kelly compared what fans will see tomorrow to rugby to put things in perspective for those not familiar with football.