Ohio (7-5, 4-4 MAC) vs. East Carolina (9-3, 6-2 Conference USA)
Monday, December 23, 2013 • 2:00 pm ET • St. Petersburg, Fla. • Tropicana Field (28,453)
ESPN • Announcers: Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline reporter)
• Ohio’s appearance in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl marks the Bobcats’ eighth bowl appearance all-time and fifth-consecutive bowl appearance.
• 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 MAC to appear in 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.
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 corner Travis Carrie needs just one interception to crack the all-time Top 10 for career interceptions.
• Ohio needs 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.
Solich In Bowl Games: Ohio head coach Frank Solich is no stranger to competing in bowl games. In 15 years as a head coach, Solich has coached 11 teams in a bowl. Six of those bowl trips have come during his time at Ohio. The other five bowl trips came during his time at Nebraska. In 2001, he directed his Nebraska squad to the National Championship at the Rose Bowl - the site of the 2013 National Championship. In 10 bowl appearances, Solich has a record of 4-6.
Finding The Endzone: Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton has been a model of consistency throughout his career as the Bobcats’ signal-caller. In 48 career games, Tettleton has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 41 games. Tettleton has completed passes to 15 different receivers this season. Three of his targets have totaled 400 yards or more of receiving this season.
Tettle Time: Tettleton currently holds 27 Ohio University football records, including the school standard for passing yards (8,897), most completions (713) and most touchdowns (66).
Beau Knows: Running back Beau Blankenship surpassed 100 yards rushing in 12 career games. In three seasons, Blankenship has cracked the school’s all-time Top 10 list for career rushing.
A Strong Start: Ohio has scored on its first offensive series in seven games this season. Although Ohio did not score on its first offensive series at Akron, it did take a 2-0 lead after it tallied a safety in the first quarter. The Bobcats have a 41-14 record since 2005 when scoring first.
East Carolina will make its seventh bowl apparance in the last eight years when it faces off against MAC member Ohio in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl on Monday, Dec. 23 at Tropicana Field. The Pirates, who will try to maintain their momentum after closing the regular season with wins in five of the last six games, are in search of their first bowl victory since defeating No. 22 Boise State 41-38 in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. East Carolina will also be looking for its 10th win of the year, which would be the program’s second-highest single-season victory total in school history.