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Baylor defense no longer wants turnovers, they need them

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:20:15-04

Last year, Baylor's defense only created nine turnovers while Texas Tech, who led the Big 12 in turnovers, had 29. 

So this year, creating turnovers isn't a want, but a need for the Bears. 

Defensive Coordinator Phil Snow said the easiest way to do that is to get to the quarterback, which is why the Bears set a team goal of 40 sacks this season.

"On our goal board, we only have three goals, and two of them are that. If you can create turnovers, and not give up big plays, you're gonna win a lot of football games. And so, that's what we're trying to do," Snow said. 

"You get a turnover, I mean that's an explosive play for the defense. But then no explosive plays, three or less... we feel like if we give up three or less explosive plays, we'll win the game," Verkedric Vaughns, a senior safety for the Bears, said. "We don't think, we just react and we play, and when you play like that, you'll be in the right spot so you can get turnovers."  

Baylor's defense was the second worst in the Big 12 last year giving up 24 points per game.

But Snow's defense at Temple gave up 29 in year one. During his second season as defensive coordinator, that number dropped by two scores and the Owls were bowl eligible.

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