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Cooper's career game lifts ECU past Ohio in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 23 2013 09:53:36 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 06:13:00 PM CST

Monday's win is ECU's first bowl victory since the Pirates beat Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2007.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

Vintavious Cooper rushed for a career-best 198 yards, setting a Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl record and leading East Carolina to a 37-20 victory over Ohio on Monday.

ECU bowl score final

The Pirates (10-3) grabbed the lead for good on the first of Cooper's two touchdowns runs in the fourth quarter, a 31-yard burst with just under 10 minutes remaining.

East Carolina's Shane Carden threw for 273 yards and one TD and also scored on a pass reception.

Cam Worthy caught an early 5-yard scoring pass from Carden, and then took a lateral from the junior quarterback and threw 14 yards back to Carden for a fourth-quarter TD that made it 31-20. Cooper put it well out of reach, finding an opening off left tackle and racing 22 yards for his second TD.

Tyler Tettleton and Derrius Vick threw scoring passes for Ohio (7-6), which overcame an early two-touchdown deficit to lead 20-17 before Cooper took over.

Monday's win is ECU's first bowl victory since the Pirates beat  Boise State 41-38 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2007.

This is ECU's seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years. The school's all-time bowl record is now 9-10.

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East Carolina at 3:28 in 4th Quarter

1st and 10 at OHIO 39OHIO penalty 15 yard Personal Foul accepted.
1st and 10 at OHIO 24Vintavious Cooper rush for 1 yard to the Ohio 23.  
2nd and 9 at OHIO 23Vintavious Cooper rush for 1 yard to the Ohio 22.  
3rd and 8 at OHIO 22Vintavious Cooper rush for 22 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
Warren Harvey extra point BLOCKED.
ECU leads 37-20.

East Carolina at 8:43 in 4th Quarter

1st and 10 at OHIO 47Shane Carden pass incomplete to Isaiah Jones.
2nd and 10 at OHIO 47Shane Carden rush for 14 yards to the Ohio 33 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 33Shane Carden pass complete to Justin Hardy for 7 yards to the Ohio 26.  
2nd and 3 at OHIO 26 Vintavious Cooper rush for 12 yards to the Ohio 14 for a 1ST down. 
1st and 10 at OHIO 14 Shane Carden pass incomplete to Justin Hardy. 
2nd and 10 at OHIO 14Cam Worthy pass complete to Shane Carden for 14 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Warren Harvey extra point GOOD.
ECU leads 31 to 20

East Carolina at 11:08 in 4th Quarter

1st and 10 at ECU 29
at OHIO 31
Shane Carden pass incomplete to Lance Ray.
2nd and 10 at ECU 29Shane Carden pass complete to Isaiah Jones for a loss of 1 yard to the ECaro 43, OHIO penalty 15 yard Personal Foul on Ben Russell accepted for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 43  Shane Carden rush for 9 yards to the Ohio 48.
2nd and 1 at OHIO 48Vintavious Cooper rush for 2 yards to the Ohio 46 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 46OHIO penalty 15 yard Pass Interference on Travis Carrie accepted, no play.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 31Vintavious Cooper rush for 31 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Warren Harvey extra point GOOD.
ECU 24 Ohio 20

Ohio at 14:52 in 4th Quarter

2nd and 11 at ECU 42Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Landon Smith for 23 yards to the ECaro 19 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 19Beau Blankenship rush for 4 yards to the ECaro 15.  
2nd and 6 at ECU 15Beau Blankenship rush for 4 yards to the ECaro 11.  
3rd and 2 at ECU 11    Tyler Tettleton pass incomplete to Landon Smith.
4th and 2 at ECU 11Josiah Yazdani 28 yard field goal GOOD.

Ohio takes its first lead of the game, 20-17.

The Bobcats have scored 20 of the last 23 points.

***ECU kicker Warren Harvey missed a 29-year-old field goal. Third quarter ends all tied up 17-17.***

Ohio at 12:40 in 3rd Quarter

1st and 10 at OHIO 27Landon Smith pass incomplete to Donte Foster.
2nd and 10 at OHIO 27Daz'mond Patterson rush for a loss of 3 yards to the Ohio 24. 
3rd and 13 at OHIO 24Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Landon Smith for 14 yards to the Ohio 38 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 38Beau Blankenship rush for 2 yards to the Ohio 40.
2nd and 8 at OHIO 40 OHIO penalty 10 yard Holding accepted, no play.
2nd and 18 at OHIO 30Derrius Vick pass complete to Donte Foster for 14 yards to the Ohio 44.  
3rd and 4 at OHIO 44Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Chase Cochran for 6 yards to the 50 yard line for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at ECU 50Beau Blankenship rush for 7 yards to the ECaro 43.  
2nd and 3 at ECU 43Beau Blankenship rush for 2 yards to the ECaro 41.
3rd and 1 at ECU 41Beau Blankenship rush for 4 yards to the ECaro 37 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at ECU 37Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Chase Cochran for 7 yards to the ECaro 30.  
2nd and 3 at ECU 30Timeout EAST CAROLINA, clock 8:32.  
2nd and 3 at ECU 30Beau Blankenship rush for 1 yard to the ECaro 29.
3rd and 2 at ECU 29Beau Blankenship rush for 1 yard to the ECaro 28.  
4th and 1 at ECU 28 Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Donte Foster for 14 yards to the ECaro 14 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 14Beau Blankenship rush for 1 yard to the ECaro 13.  
2nd and 9 at ECU 13Tyler Tettleton pass incomplete to Troy Hill.
3rd and 9 at ECU 13Tyler Tettleton pass incomplete to Landon Smith.  
4th and 9 at ECU 13Josiah Yazdani 29 yard field goal GOOD.
Ohio 17 ECU 17

***HALFTIME SCORE: ECU leads Ohio 17-14***

East Carolina at 4:58 in 2nd Quarter

1st and 10 at ECU 18Shane Carden rush for 10 yards to the ECaro 28 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 28   Shane Carden pass complete to Vintavious Cooper for 8 yards to the ECaro 36.
2nd and 2 at ECU 36    Shane Carden pass complete to Reese Wiggins for 6 yards to the ECaro 42 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 42 Breon Allen rush for 7 yards to the ECaro 49. 
2nd and 3 at ECU 49Breon Allen rush for 10 yards to the Ohio 41 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 41Breon Allen rush for 17 yards to the Ohio 24 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 24Timeout OHIO UNIVERSITY, clock 3:08.  
1st and 10 at OHIO 24 Breon Allen rush for no gain to the Ohio 24. 
2nd and 10 at OHIO 24EAST CAROLINA penalty 5 yard False Start on Adhem Elsawi accepted.  
2nd and 15 at OHIO 29Vintavious Cooper rush for no gain to the Ohio 29.  
3rd and 15 at OHIO 29Shane Carden rush for 5 yards to the Ohio 24.  
4th and 10 at OHIO 24Timeout EAST CAROLINA, clock 1:05.  
4th and 10 at OHIO 24Warren Harvey 41 yard field goal GOOD.
ECU leads 17-14

Ohio at 10:05 in 2nd Quarter

1st and 10 at OHIO 20Derrius Vick pass complete to Donte Foster for 80 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Josiah Yazdani extra point GOOD.

Ohio 14 ECU 14

Ohio at 14:50 in 2nd Quarter

1st and 10 at OHIO 42Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Daz'mond Patterson for 26 yards to the ECaro 17, EAST CAROLINA penalty 15 yard Roughing Holder accepted for a 1ST down. 0 14
1st and 10 at ECU 17Tyler Tettleton pass complete to Daz'mond Patterson for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Josiah Yazdani extra point GOOD.
Ohio 7 ECU 14

East Carolina at 4:07 in 1st Quarter

1st and 10 at ECU 24Shane Carden pass incomplete to Justin Hardy.
2nd and 10 at ECU 24Vintavious Cooper rush for 9 yards to the ECaro 33.  
3rd and 1 at ECU 33   Vintavious Cooper rush for 4 yards to the ECaro 37 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at ECU 37   Vintavious Cooper rush for 3 yards to the ECaro 40.
2nd and 7 at ECU 40Shane Carden pass complete to Isaiah Jones for 7 yards to the ECaro 47 for a 1ST down.  
1st and 10 at ECU 47  Vintavious Cooper rush for 1 yard to the ECaro 48.
2nd and 9 at ECU 48 Shane Carden pass complete to Breon Allen for 25 yards to the Ohio 27 for a 1ST down. 
1st and 10 at OHIO 27Shane Carden pass incomplete to DaQuan Barnes.  
2nd and 10 at OHIO 27  Shane Carden pass complete to Zico Pasut for 12 yards to the Ohio 15 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at OHIO 15Shane Carden pass complete to Isaiah Jones for 13 yards to the Ohio 2 for a 1ST down.  
1st and Goal at OHIO 2Breon Allen rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Warren Harvey extra point GOOD.
ECU up 14-0 to end the 1st.

East Carolina at 12:36 in 1st Quarter

1st and 10 at ECU 45


 
Shane Carden pass complete to Isaiah Jones for 9 yards to the Ohio 46. 0 0
2nd and 1 at OHIO 46Shane Carden pass complete to Isaiah Jones for 5 yards to the Ohio 41 for a 1ST down. 
1st and 10 at OHIO 41Shane Carden pass complete to Justin Hardy for 2 yards to the Ohio 39. 
2nd and 8 at OHIO 39Vintavious Cooper rush for 34 yards to the Ohio 5 for a 1ST down. 
1st and Goal at OHIO 5Shane Carden pass complete to Cam Worthy for 5 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Warren Harvey extra point GOOD.
ECU up 7-0.

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Monday is game day for the ECU Pirates, who are looking to win their first bowl game since 2007 when they take on the Ohio Bobcats in the Beef 'O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.

East Carolina is favored by 13.5 points over Ohio in the game, which will begin at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Pirates (9-3) are trying to cap off a 10-win season, which would be the second highest total in school history. The 1991 team won 11 games.

The Bobcats (7-5) ended the season losing three of their last four games.

Both teams are no stranger to post season play. ECU will be playing in seventh bowl game in eight years. Ohio will be playing in a bowl game for the third straight year.

Here is the tale of the tape: ECU is averaging 40.4 points per game while Ohio puts up 28 points per contest. Advantage: ECU.

The Pirates allow 25.2 points a game, while the Bobcats surrender 26.7 points per game. That’s a push.

ECU’s Shane Carden threw for 3,866 yards and 32 touchdowns, while tossing 10 interceptions. Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton (son of former Major Leaguer Mickey Tettleton) threw for 2,623 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Advantage: ECU

ECU rushed for 1,540 yards this season, led by Vintavious Cooper, who has 995 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Bobcats piled up 1,635 yards as a team- Beau Blankenship has 844 of them and five TDs. Ryan Boykin has 399 yards and seven scores. That’s a push

ECU’s defense picked off 15 passes and fell on six fumbles for 21 turnovers, while giving it up 16 times for a +5 in turnover margin. Ohio had 14 interceptions and scooped up 11 fumbles for 25 forced turnovers, while giving it up 18 times for a +7 in turnover margin. Slight edge to Ohio.

For special teams, ECU averages 25 yards per kickoff return while giving up 22, and 11.4 yards per punt return while allowing 7.8. Ohio averages 20.2 yards per kickoff return and gives up 17.5, and 10.5 yards per punt return while allowing 5.6.

There is one common opponent: Marshall. The Pirates lost to Marshall 59-28 in the last game of the regular season, while the Bobcats beat the Thundering Herd 34-31 on Sept. 14.

East Carolina has the statistical advantage on paper, and that’s why they are favored to win. But the game is played on the field.

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