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September 20, 2013

East Central Football Notebook

Teri LaJeunesse ECU Sports Information
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The Game: The East Central University football team will welcome Ouachita Baptist, for the annual Battle of the Tigers, Saturday, Sept. 21 at Norris Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Broadcast: ECU’s radio home for Tiger football in 2013 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM "The X-Factor". Mike Manos returns to broadcast the games for his 17th consecutive season. Manos has worked 171 Tiger games since taking over the play-by-play duties in 1997. 

The Series: The two Tiger teams have meet on 16 previous occasions, with OBU holding an 11-5 advantage. ECU was the victor in the last meeting, Oct. 27, 2012, with a 37-27 win over the then No. 20 OBU at Norris Field. Saturday’s game is the second straight to be played in Ada.

Take A Kid To The Game Day:  Saturday is a day for kids, with Mercy Hospital of Ada sponsoring Take A Kid To The Game Day. Kids age 12 and under will receive free admission to the game and will be entertained with pre-game activities starting at 4 p.m. At halftime there will also be a special performance by kids who participated in a cheer clinic that will run from 8:30-11 a.m. on the football practice field.

Tailgating: This year, the Tigers will have a designated tailgating location in the parking lot in front of the ECU baseball and softball fields. A reservation is required and can be done through Katie Wellington in the ECU Alumni Office (580-559-5651) or email at katmwel@ecok.edu.

Scouting Ouachita Baptist: The OBU Tigers are 1-0 after earning a 49-24 win at Southern Nazarene in their first weekend of action.

OBU had a strong offensive performance with 480 yards of total offense (262 rushing, 218 passing) and seven touchdowns. The Tigers scored six-out of seven times when they made it into the red zone. They were also strong on defense, allowing just 265 yards of offense (76 rush, 189 rushing).

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.

Coaches Show: Every Monday night, fans are encouraged to come to Rib Crib in Ada for the weekly Coaches Show on 105.5 the X-Factor. Each week coaches from all 13 sports will be on hand to talk about the latest news from their teams. Fans will be able to tweet in questions to @ECUTigersCoach or ask them in person. Each week will feature different coaches and food specials.

Up Next: The Tigers will hit the road to battle with Henderson State, which is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.

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Note: Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.