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One aspect of Gill defenses: forced fumbles and extra possessions


Since I've been looking at the Buffalo statistics, I decided to take it a little further:

Interesting statistic: In 2009, Buffalo forced 38 fumbles, recovering 25 of them. Even in 2007, KU only forced 19 fumbles, recovering 12. Even if you only compare the percentages, that would mean that KU would have had one extra possession during the OB season. That extra possession would have won the Mizzou game.  If KU could have matched the raw numbers, imagine what the scores would have been had we had 13 extra possessions.

And that's without even estimating the field placement advantage KU would have had with twice as many forced fumbles.

Kansas this season: 18/10.  With Buffalo's fumble/recovery percentages, that's two extra possessions this season.  That could have won us two more games.  With Buffalo's fumble/recovery raw numbers, the KU offense would have had 15 extra possessions over the course of the season.  That's a lot of chances for Reesing and company to score.

Texas this season: 24/11. Alabama? 16/6.

While it's an unreasonable yardstick, it's an interesting what-if game to play.  And if Turner's KU defenses can do the same thing, we're going to be close in a lot of games we might be out-talented.

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