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December 3, 2013

Sooners focused on winning turnover battle in Stillwater

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NORMAN —

The team that has to play defense the least is going to be in a really good position Saturday — next to the heaters on the sidelines on what is forecasted to be a brutally cold day.

It’s not like OU started emphasizing the importance of turnovers Monday. That priority has always been around.

A game like Bedlam, where all eyes are on every tiny detail, brings it to the forefront.

“It’s huge,” OU cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “Coach Stoops is preaching it already that we have to win the turnover battle. They do so good at getting takeaways and not necessarily giving the ball away as well. Their ratio for turnovers is great and we know that we have to be great as well.”

Perhaps the stars will align some way and turnovers won’t be a major factor in the game, but it’s doubtful.

The game is big on emotion and momentum. Turnovers seems to shift both whenever they occur.

The Cowboys have proven throughout the season they can consistently come up with them. The Sooners believe they’re do in that department.

“That’s one of our main goals as a defense and for us to do that, it’ll help us win the game,” linebacker Dominique Alexander said.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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