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Forcing turnovers key to keeping Southern Mississippi winless

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Forcing turnovers key to keeping Southern Mississippi winless

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Sep 26, 2013

Boise State beat Southern Mississippi by 26 points last season, casting the Golden Eagles to a surprise 0-5.

Southern Miss still hasn't won since, dropping 15 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 opener. The university cleaned house after its "defeated" campaign, and installed former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken as head coach. Monken is regarded for his version of the spread offense, which is designed to get lots of players involved. So far this season, it has worked. 12 different Eagles' receivers have caught passes, but the ball has also been distributed to places it shouldn't have been... Like the other team's defense.

"The one thing that's hurt those guys tremendously is turnovers," said Broncos coach Chris Petersen. "I mean, they'll be the first to tell you, I know it. If you take those turnovers and cut that number in half, their whole season is probably different."

Southern Miss has coughed up the ball 12 times in three games, and its -3 turnover per game differential is the worst in the country. The Broncos' defense is planning accordingly, hoping to take advantage of the Eagles' lack of ball security.

"We've got a turnover circuit where we're ripping the ball out of each others' hands and stuff like that," said corner Bryan Douglas. "You know, knocking the ball down or running through bags, catching balls and stuff. They're really trying to emphasize turnovers this week because we didn't get any last week"