Chris Rycraw led the rushing effort, with 13 carries for 92 yards and three of OBU’s seven TDs. Brandon Marks added 58 yards on eight rushes and a TD.
Benson Jordan was 21-of-27 for the day, with two touchdowns and 210 yards in the air. He spread out his passes among six players, with Drew White being the connection on both TDs. White finished the game with three catches for 54 yards.
On defense, Ricky Brown and Antwoin Patterson led the charge. Brown tallied nine tackles, two for losses and one sack. Patterson added seven total tackles, two for losses and a half sack.
Against the Tigers: For the first time since ECU head football coach Tim McCarty returned to the Tigers, ECU claimed a win over a ranked opponent with a 37-27 upset win over No. 20 Ouachita Baptist at Norris Field Oct. 27, 2012.
Spencer Bond was 11-of-20 for 155 yards passing and added 90 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Sophomore Qumain Black recorded an interception and five tackles.
ECU earned an advantage in rushing (274 to 152 yards), but OBU tallied 336 yards passing to the Tigers’ 159. The key difference came on the defensive side where ECU recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes, while committing zero fumbles and interceptions.
What a Rush: After compiling 224 yards rushing in the season-opening win over Arkansas-Monticello, ECU managed just 54 yards on the ground in the loss to Southern Arkansas last week. Quarterback Spencer Bond led the way with 68 yards on 13 carries. Running back JoJo Snell lost 24 yards on 13 carries.
Too Many Turnovers: Quarterback Spencer Bond had a rough outing against Southern Arkansas, completing just 11-of-31 passes for 186 yards with three interceptions. The Tigers also lost three fumbles in the contest. The Muleriders didn’t have a single turnover in the game.
Special Teams Power: In the Tigers game at Southern Arkansas’ special teams led the way. ECU scored a safety and a touchdown on a kickoff return. Senior LaQuan Harper tallied a total of 111 yards for the night on kickoff returns, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Fellow senior Ruben Tiller added two more points for special teams, with a safety on a point-after attempt return in the fourth quarter.