Points after takeaways: Pac-12 South

May, 19, 2014
May 19
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Turnovers are great … when you can get them. They stop drives, swing momentum and, more often than not, are the difference in the outcome of a game.

The only thing coaches love more than getting turnovers is getting points off of turnovers. Some teams were great at that in 2013. Other teams could use a little improvement.

Last month we looked at ball security in the league for the past three seasons. Over the next couple of days we’ll break down each team and how they did when it came to turning turnovers into points. We’ll also look at how mentally strong defenses were when they had to buckle down and prevent points after a turnover.

We’ll start today with how efficient the Pac-12 South teams were at finding pay dirt after creating a turnover. There are going to be a few anomalies when it comes to tabulating how many times a team scores following a turnover. For example, a game-ending interception won’t yield points, nor will a fumble recovered at the end of the half or when a team runs out the clock.

But the following stats from last season should give you snapshot of how teams fared when trying to take advantage of a gift from the opposition.

Arizona

Turnovers created: 22
Scores vs. opportunities: 14 of 22 (63 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 86
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 0
Games without points after turnovers: 3

Arizona State

Turnovers created: 33
Scores vs. opportunities: 25-33 (75 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 146
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 0
Games without points after turnovers: 4

Colorado

Turnovers created: 21
Scores vs. opportunities: 11 of 21 (52 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 72
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 3
Games without points after turnovers: 4

UCLA

Turnovers created: 26
Scores vs. opportunities: 15 of 26 (57 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 93
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 1
Games without points after turnovers: 4

USC

Turnovers created: 22
Scores vs. opportunities: 12 of 22 (54 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 61
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 4
Games without points after turnovers: 6

Utah

Turnovers created: 16
Scores vs. opportunities: 8 of 16 (50 percent)
Total points after turnovers: 62
Games without forcing at least one turnover: 3
Games without points after turnovers: 4

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