November 12, 2013

Tuesday notebook: Wes Johnson, turnovers and offensive efficiency

Vanderbilt comes off a 14-point road win at Florida, and now prepares to try for a third-straight win over Kentucky on Saturday. Here's a look at some interesting things around Commodore football as VU prepares to return home.

Turnovers key in the turnaround

If you want to know why VU scored upsets of both Georgia and Florida, it's pretty simple: check out the turnover margin. The Commodores, before that UGA game, had a minus-3 ratio, but now rank third in the Southeastern Conference at plus-5.

Turnovers are often fluky stats, but VU was probably overdue for some luck here. As I'd noted earlier in the year, the Commodores had forced a slew of fumbles, but hadn't done so well in seizing them. Now, VU has forced an astounding 26 fumbles this season, and has recovered 11 of them. By contrast, VU has been great at ball security itself, fumbling just five times and losing but two.



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