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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Preventing points after turnovers: South

By Kevin Gemmell

Coaches hate turning the ball over. In fact, the only thing they hate more than turnovers is when they give up points off turnovers.

Over the last couple of days we looked at how efficient Pac-12 teams were at scoring after they got the ball via turnover. On Monday we looked at the South and Tuesday was the North. Now we’re going to flip things around and look at preventing points after turnovers.

Turnovers are inevitable. But they don’t have to be crippling -- especially if your defense can step up and stop the opposing team from scoring. Some teams were very good at making a stand. Others, not so much.

Like the previous posts, which examined points after takeaways from Pac-12 teams, there are a few things to consider. A turnover might not yield points based on the situation -- for example, a game-ending interception or a turnover at the end of the half or when a team is trying to run out the clock.

But the following stats from the 2013 season should give you a snapshot of how teams fared when trying to stop an opponent from cashing in on a turnover.

Arizona

Turnovers committed: 18
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 10 of 18 (55 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 60
Games without committing at least one turnover: 3
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 4

Arizona State

Turnovers committed: 18
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 6 of 18 (33 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 42
Games without committing at least one turnover: 3
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 6

Colorado

Turnovers committed: 24
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 18 of 24 (75 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 107
Games without committing at least one turnover: 2
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 1

UCLA

Turnovers committed: 16
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 10 of 16 (63 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 62
Games without committing at least one turnover: 3
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 2

USC

Turnovers committed: 17
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 10 of 17 (59 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 62
Games without committing at least one turnover: 4
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 4

Utah

Turnovers committed: 25
Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 15 of 25 (60 percent)
Total points allowed after turnovers: 72
Games without committing at least one turnover: 2
Games without allowing points after turnovers: 3