BYU Football: Did you know? (Tops in Turnovers)

For over 35 years, the Brigham Young Cougars have been one of the nation’s elite offensive teams. Many times BYU has led the nation in one or more statistical categories. During this time, the offensive prowess often overshadows the accomplishments of the Cougar defense.
Did you know that in 1977 and 1987 the BYU defense led the nation in turnovers forced?
The 1977 defense forced 56 turnovers (36 fumbles and 20 interceptions). The 1987 defense forced 50 turnovers (22 fumbles and 28 interceptions).

Incidentally, each year three of these turnovers were returned for touchdowns.

The number of turnovers is equally as impressive as the no. 1 ranking. In the 24 seasons since 1987, the most turnovers forced by a BYU team is just 36 (19 interceptions and 17 fumbles) in 1996. Only five times has BYU had 30 turnovers or more (34 in 2001, 36 in 1996, 30 in 1990, 31 in 1989, and 34 in 1988).

The most interceptions in a single season since 1987 is 24 (1988), and the most fumble recoveries since 1987 are the 17 from 1996.

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