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Preventing points after turnovers: North

Coaches hate turning the ball over. In fact, the only thing they hate more than turnovers is when they give up points off of 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. 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. On Wednesday we looked at the Pac-12 South. Today we look at the North.

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 should give you a snapshot of how teams fared when trying to stop an opponent from cashing in on a turnover.

California

Turnovers committed: 28

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 15 of 28 (53 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 97

Games without committing at least one turnover: 0

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 1

Oregon

Turnovers committed: 18

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 10 of 18 (55 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 58

Games without committing at least one turnover: 6

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 1

Oregon State

Turnovers committed: 26

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 13 of 26 (50 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 74

Games without committing at least one turnover: 1

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 3

Stanford

Turnovers committed: 19

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 5 of 19 (26 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 15

Games without committing at least one turnover: 1

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 7

*Note: Stanford was the only team in the conference not to allow a touchdown all season following a turnover, yielding just five field goals.

Washington

Turnovers committed: 16

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 6 of 16 (37 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 34

Games without committing at least one turnover: 3

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 6

Washington State

Turnovers committed: 35

Opponent scores vs. opportunities: 18 of 35 (51 percent)

Total points allowed after turnovers: 120

Games without committing at least one turnover: 0

Games without allowing points after turnovers: 3