ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ohio started slowly, and then surged into the lead. It faded down the stretch in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, making the whole game very much like the Bobcats' season.
"That's exactly what it felt like. We were up and down," running back Daz' Patterson said Monday after a 37-20 loss to East Carolina. "We were up and down. One minute we were having a good drive, and then we were shut down by one silly play or something silly. It felt like the whole season in a nutshell."
Vintavious Cooper rushed for a career-best 198 yards for East Carolina, setting a Beef `O' Brady's Bowl record. 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.