Courtesy of Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl and CollegeFootballPoll.com
December 23, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – East Carolina scored 20 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to score a 37-20 win over Ohio in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg, Florida on Monday (December 23).
The first bowl win for the Pirates since 2007 ended the school's 4-bowl losing streak while the loss snapped Ohio's 2-bowl winning streak.
East Carolina finished 10-3 for just its second 10-win season in history and first since 1991. The Pirates imporved their overall bowl record to 6-8.
Ohio finished 7-6 on the year and saw its bowl record fall to 2-6.
East Carolina jumped to a 14-0 first quarter lead but the Pirates found themselves temporarily trailing 20-17 early in the fourth quarter following a Josiah Yazdani 28-yard field goal.
Ohio appeared to be in position to extend the lead when the Bobcats recovered an onside kick at their own 48, but the ECU defense stiffened Yazdani missed a 45-yard field goal try.
East Carolina seized the moment and Vintavious Cooper, named ECU’s MVP, capped a 5-play 71-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown scamper, his first of two TD runs on the day. Cooper, who rushed for a career-best and Bowl record 198 yards on 25 carries, also sealed the game with a 22-yard TD run with 1:55 left to play.
East Carolina jnumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and it began to look as the game would be the runaway rout that most expected. But Ohio answered ECU’s second score quickly with a 4-play, 74-yard drive that culminated in a 17-yard scoring pass from Tyler Tettleton to Daz’ Patterson. The key play of the drive was a 26-yard pass off a double reverse from Tettleton to Patterson,a play that gained an extra 15 yards when a roughing the passer penalty was tacked on and put Ohio at the 17-yard line.
ECU’s next drive stalled at the Ohio 39 and after a Pirate punt, Ohio tied the game on a Beef O’Brady’s Bowl record 80-yard touchdown pass from Derrius Vick to wide receiver Donte Foster, Ohio’s Most Valuable Player. That play helped bolster Foster’s numbers as he finished the game with six catches for a bowl-record 160 yards and the one score.
ECU regained the lead with 1:01 left in the half on a 41-yard field goal by Warren Harvey. The Pirates had opportunities to widen their lead in the opening half but were stopped on downs twice inside the Bobcats’ 15-yard line. A 7-play, 62-yard possession was halted on fourth down at the Ohio 15 in the first quarter, and the Pirates again were stymied in the red zone at the Ohio 14 after an 11-play, 61-yard drive late in the second period.
With the victory, ECU became the third straight C-USA team to win the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, following victories by Marshall in 2011 and UCF in 2012.
ECU - Cam Worthy 5-yard pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick), 10:45
ECU - Breon Allen 2-yard run (Warren Harvey kick), 0:27
Score: 14-0 East Carolina
Ohio - Daz’ Patterson 17-yard pass from Tyler Tettleton (Josiah Yazdani kick), 14:39
Ohio - Donte Foster 80-yard pass from Derrius Vick (Josiah Yazdani kick), 9:54
ECU - Warren Harvey 41-yard field goal, 1:01
Score: 17-14 East Carolina
Ohio - Josiah Yazdani 29-yard field goal, 6:42
Score: 20-17 Ohio
Ohio - Josiah Yazdani 28-yard field goal, 13:34
ECU - Vintavious Cooper 31-yard run (Warren Harvey kick), 9:45
ECU - Shane Carden 14-yard pass from Cam Worthy (Warren Harvey kick), 7:29
ECU - Vintavious Cooper 22-yard run (kick blocked), 1:55
Final Score: 37-20 East Caroilina
BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL ST. PETERSBURG GAME NOTES
ECU’s victory extends C-USA’s winning streak in the game to three, following up victories by Marshall (2011) and UCF (2012).
The 80-yard touchdown reception by Ohio’s Donte Foster from QB Derrius Vick in the second quarter set new bowl standards for the longest play from scrimmage and longest touchdown.
ECU’s Vintavious Cooper set the bowl single-game rushing yards record with a career-high 198 yards. The previous mark was set by Southern Miss’ Desmond Johnson, who rushed for 107 yards against Louisville in 2010.
Cooper also established a new bowl record with 25 rushing attempts, surpassing the 21 attempts by UCF’s Latavius Murray against Ball State in 2012.
As a team, ECU rushed for a bowl-record 281 yards, besting the previous mark of 232 by USF against Memphis in 2008. The Pirates also gained 6.9 yards per rush, breaking the previous record of 5.3 by UCF against Ball State in 2012. ECU scored a bowl-record three rushing touchdowns, breaking the previous record of two.
Ohio WR Donte Foster set the bowl single-game receiving yards record with 160 yards. The previous mark was set by Rutgers’ Tim Brown, who had 99 yards receiving against UCF in 2009.
ECU and Ohio combined for 1,003 total yards of offense, shattering the bowl mark set in 2012 between Ball State and UCF when they combined for 782 yards. ECU’s 568 total yards also is the most in bowl history, breaking the mark of 496 total yards by USF in 2008. Ohio had 435 yards in the losing effort.
Shane Carden set a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg single-game record with 29 completions and 44 attempts. The previous marks belonged to Marshall’s Rakeem Cato, who completed 27 passes on 39 attempts against FIU in 2011.
ECU WR Justin Hardy set a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg single-game record with nine receptions. FIU’s T.Y. Hilton held the previous mark with eight receptions (for 88 yards) against Marshall in 2011.
Michael Dobson set a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg single-game record with 14 tackles, breaking the mark of 13 tackles by Jordan Hunt of FIU in 2011 against Marshall.
ECU’s 20 points in the fourth quarter were the second-highest in any period in bowl history, one shy of the 21 points scored by Louisville in the second quarter of the 2010 game (31-28 Louisville victory over Southern Miss).
Ohio passed for 328 yards, the highest in bowl history. Rutgers had held the record with 294 passing yards against UCF in 2009.
ECU ran 87 plays, the most in bowl history. The previous best was 79 plays by USF in 2008. The Pirates set bowl marks for completions (30) and attempts (46), breaking the previous records of completions (27 by Marshall in 2011) and attempts (39 by Marshall in 2011).
ECU RB Vintavious Cooper had 90 yards rushing in the first quarter, the most in a single quarter in the history of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg. Cooper had runs of 39 yards and 34 yards during his record-setting first quarter, which are the second and fourth longest rushes in bowl history. The longest running play in bowl history was 62 yards by Southern Miss’ Desmond Johnson against Louisville in 2010.
ECU WR Justin Hardy set ECU’s career receiving yards record on a 15-yard reception in the first quarter.
ECU QB Shane Carden set the ECU single-season passing yards record on a 13-yard completion to Isaiah Jones in the first quarter.
The Congrove Computer Rankings had projected East Carolina to win by 10.32.