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The Last Meeting
September 19, 1998
FIRST AND 10
-Ohio faces off against East Carolina in the 2013 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. Kickoff is set for Monday at 2 p.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla. at Tropicana Field.
-Ohio's appearance in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl marks the Bobcats' eighth bowl appearance all-time.
-The Bobcats' appearance in the 2013 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl marks Ohio's fifth-consecutive appearance in a bowl.
-Ohio is one of only 21 teams in the country to appear in five straight bowls and is one of only two schools that are currently in the Mid-American Conference to appear in five-consecutive bowls.
-Ohio also is one of only three schools in MAC history to appear in five straight bowl games. Northern Illinois and Marshall are the only other schools in league history to appear in five straight bowl games.
-Monday afternoon's game will air on ESPN. Ohio has had all of its games aired on television this year. Since 2006, Ohio has made 63 appearances on the ESPN Family of Networks.
-The game also can be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein
, Rob Cornelius and Grant Burkhardt will have the call. Network coverage begins at 1 p.m.
-The Bobcats enter the bowl game following their regular season finale triumph over Massachusetts.
A WIN OVER EAST CAROLINA WOULD...
-Hand Ohio its third straight bowl win.
-Give Ohio its eighth win on the year. The Bobcats have won eight-or-more games in each of the last four seasons.
-Hand the Bobcats their first ever win over East Carolina.
-Hand head coach Frank Solich his 125th career win. It would also hand him his 67th career win at Ohio. The win also would move him into sixth-place on the all-time MAC coaching wins list, moving him past former Kent State coach Trevor Rees.
-Give quarterback Tyler Tettleton his 26th win as a starter. Tettleton currently owns a 25-13 mark since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-The Bobcats need just 22 points to crack into the program's all-time top five for points in a single season. Since Frank Solich's first season in 2005, the Bobcats have posted four of Ohio's top five single season scoring marks.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton needs just 104 yards to surpass 9,000 career passing yards. No Ohio quarterback has ever surpassed 9,000 career passing yards.
-Tettleton needs just two touchdown passes to tie former Northern Illinois signal caller Chandler Harnish with 68 career touchdown passes.
-Ohio running back Beau Blankenship needs 90 yards to become just the fourth Bobcat in school history to rush for 3,000 career yards.
-Blankenship is 156 yards shy of becoming just the third running back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
-Senior wide receiver Donte' Foster needs just 42 yards to become just the second wide receiver in school history to surpass 900 yards for a single season. Current Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill is the only Ohio wideout to surpass 900 yards receiving in a single season.
-Senior punt returner Travis Carrie needs just 55 yards to pass former Bobcat Stafford Owens (2001-04) for first on the all-time career punt return list. Carrie has 646 career punt return yards.
-Carrie also needs just one interception to crack the all-time Top 10 for career interceptions.
-Freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham needs just 3.0 sacks to set the Ohio single-season record.
-As a team, the Bobcats need four sacks to tie the all-time top mark for sacks in a season. The all-time record for sacks in a season is 38. Ohio currently has 34 sacks on the year.
OHIO - EAST CAROLIINA SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and East Carolina will meet for the just the third time on Monday, Dec. 23. The Pirates have won both meetings. The first meeting came in 1996 when the Bobcats dropped a 55-45 decision in Greenville, N.C. The last meeting in 1998 was held in Athens, Ohio. In that contest, ECU edged Ohio, 21-14.
SCOUTING EAST CAROLINA
The Pirates enter the 2013 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, having won five of their last six games to close out the year. Its lone loss during that six-game stretch came to Marshall on the road. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 40.4 points per game and has outscored their opponent 485-302. Quarterback Shane Carden has accounted for 42 touchdowns (32 passing, 10 rushing).His 71.0 completion percentage leads the nation. Carden's top receiving target is wide receiver Justin Hardy. In 2013, Hardy has caught 105 passes for 1,218 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Pirates own Conference USA's top rushing defense and have sacked their opponents 35 times. Linebacker Derrel Johnson leads the ECU defense with 79 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.