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College football: East Carolina wears down Ohio in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Published December 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl • Cooper helps Pirates pull away during fourth quarter for victory.
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St. Petersburg, Fla. • Vintavious Cooper took over the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in the fourth quarter in a performance reminiscent of a former East Carolina running back. Just don't bring up that comparison to Cooper.

The senior rushed for a career-best 198 yards and scored two touchdowns, leading the Pirates to a 37-20 victory over Ohio on Monday.

Cooper broke the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl record for yards rushing while becoming the first East Carolina player to win an MVP award in a bowl game since Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson ran for 223 yards against Boise State in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl.

"It's a great accomplishment and I have to really give it up to the guys up front and all the work they did. When I found out I was close to 100 yards after the first quarter I told them and they got excited about it," Cooper said.

"I would never compare myself to Chris Johnson because I really admire CJ and I look up to CJ."

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 and threw 14 yards back to Carden for a fourth-quarter TD that made it 31-20.

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 put East Carolina back in front before an announced crowd of 20,053 at Tropicana Field. —

East Carolina 37, Ohio 20

Ohio 0 14 3 3 — 20

East Carolina 14 3 0 20 — 37

First Quarter

ECU • Worthy 5 pass from Carden (Harvey kick), 10:45.

ECU • B.Allen 2 run (Harvey kick), :27.

Second Quarter

Ohio • Patterson 17 pass from Tettleton (Yazdani kick), 14:39.

Ohio • Foster 80 pass from Vick (Yazdani kick), 9:54.

ECU • FG Harvey 41, 1:01.

Third Quarter

Ohio • FG Yazdani 29, 6:42.

Fourth Quarter

Ohio • FG Yazdani 28, 13:34.

ECU • Cooper 31 run (Harvey kick), 9:45.

ECU • Carden 14 pass from Worthy (Harvey kick), 7:29.

ECU • Cooper 22 run (kick blocked), 1:55.

Attendance • 20,053.

Ohio ECU

First downs 21 30

Rushes-yards 37-107 41-281

Passing 328 287

Comp-Att-Int 24-44-3 30-46-0

Return Yards 2 (-3)

Punts-Avg. 6-42.5 5-43.8

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 5-60 9-75

Time of Possession 26:36 33:24

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Ohio, Blankenship 21-66, Patterson 10-28, Tettleton 4-14,

Vick 2-(minus 1). East Carolina, Cooper 25-198, B.Allen 6-43,

Carden 10-40.

Passing • Ohio, Tettleton 21-40-3-228, Vick 3-3-0-100,

L.Smith 0-1-0-0. East Carolina, Carden 29-45-0-273, Worthy 1-1-0-14.

Receiving • Ohio, Foster 6-160, Patterson 6-77, Cochran 5-33,

L.Smith 2-37, Reid 2-5, Dixon 1-6, Mangen 1-6, Hill 1-4. East Carolina,

Hardy 9-66, I.Jones 8-48, Cooper 3-22, Worthy 2-42, Bry.Williams 2-27,

Pasut 2-23, Wiggins 2-20, B.Allen 1-25, Carden 1-14.




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