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On Monday, Dec. 23, the ECU Pirates will be taking on the Ohio Bobcats in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. That's where you'll find NewsChannel 12's and FOX Eastern Carolina's Brian North, who will be covering the game and all the events leading up to it. Check back here for exclusive interviews and other video reports.

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Highlights: ECU tops Ohio 37-20 in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Monday's win is ECU's first bowl victory since the Pirates beat Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2007.

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ECU fans flock to Florida for Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Of the 15,000 fans who went to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., to watch ECU beat Ohio in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, more than half were Pirates fans.…

Cooper's career game lifts ECU past Ohio in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Vinatavious Cooper rushed for a career-best 198 yards, setting a Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl record and leading East Carolina to a 37-20 victory over Ohio on Monday.

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Game Day: ECU Pirates looking to grab 1st bowl win since 2007

It's game day for ECU, who will be playing against Ohio in Monday afternoon's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.  So what do the players think of…

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Day 4: Behind-the-scenes team prepare for Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

It's not just the players who make the ECU Pirates football team possible. Behind the scenes, another team works to get all the gear and equipment ready for…

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Day 4: Pirates get motivated during luncheon before bowl game

The ECU Pirates made their last public appearance Sunday before the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Monday afternoon. The team gathered for a luncheon, where they not…

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Day 3: ECU vs. Ohio in Beach Bash before Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Before the ECU Pirates take on the Ohio Bobcats in Monday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the two teams went against each other in another competition Saturday- the…

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Day 3: Pirates stay focused, look ahead to Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

The ECU Pirates tell Brian North they are looking forward to Monday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl against Ohio. But it's not all practice in St. Petersburg, Fla.…

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Day 2: Brian tours St. Petersburg before Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

St. Pertersburg, Fla.- the venue of Monday's Beef' O' Brady's Bowl pitting ECU against Ohio. So what is the city like? Brian North and a familiar face from…

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Day 2: Pirates in Florida focused to grab 1st bowl win since 2007

The ECU Pirates will be making their seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years when they take on the Ohio Bobcats in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Monday.…

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East Carolina, which averages 40.4 points a game, has won nine games this season, including a sweep of in-state rivals North Carolina and N.C. State.

Head Coach Ruffin McNeill is in his fourth year at East Carolina. This is the third bowl appearance for the team since McNeill took the helm.

ECU is making its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years.

The Pirates played in the Papajohns.com Bowl in 2006, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2007, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Military Bowl in 2010, and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl last December.

ECU's only win in those bowl games was in Hawaii in 2007.

ECU has appeared in 18 bowl games in school history, with a record of 18-10.

CLICK for PDF list of ECU's bowl appearances. CLICK for text list.

East Carolina and Ohio have met only two times in the past, with the Pirates winning both contests. The last time the two played against each other was in 1998, with ECU winning 21-14.

Ohio University averages 28 points a game and has won seven contests this season.

Frank Solich, in his ninth season as the head coach at Ohio, has led the program to five consecutive bowl appearances.

Ohio has won back-to-back bowl games (in 2011 against Utah State and in 2012 against ULM).

The Bobcats are making their sixth bowl game appearance in the last eight years, and their eighth bowl appearance all-time.

Ohio is one of only 21 teams in the country to appear in five straight bowl games.

Ohio is also only one of three schools in MAC history to appear in five consecutive bowls. Nothern Illinois and Marshall are the other two schools.

CLICK HERE for complete list of bowl appearances.

Ohio will be looking for its third win over a C-USA team this season. The Bobcats won back-to-back games against C-USA schools in early September, defeating North Texas 27-21 and Marshall 34-31.

The Bobcats have never beaten ECU in the two previous times the teams met.



ECU Players to Watch

#5 Shane Carden
Junior | Quarterback | 6'2'' 218

• Threw for a league-high 3,866 yards and 32 touchdowns this season.

• Completed nation-best 71 percent of passes (358-504).

• Lone C-USA quarterback with two 400-plus passing yard games this season (447/ODU, 480/Tulane).

• Had seven 300-yard passing games in 2013.

• Named Conference USA's Most Valuable Player this season.

• Named All-Conference USA First Team Offense and four-time honoree of C-USA Player-of-the-Week.

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#2 Justin Hardy
Junior | Inside Receiver | 6'0'' 186

• Averaged 8.8 receptions (fifth in the nation) for 1,218 yards and eight TDs this season.

• Only 19 receiving yards shy of 3,000 in his career.

• Named All-Conference USA First Team Offense this season.

• Named C-USA Player-of-the-Week one time in 2013.

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#21 Vintavious Cooper
Senior | Running Back | 5'9'' 200

• Led the Pirates in rushing with 995 yards and 11 touchdowns this season

• Named All-Conference USA Second Team Offense in 2013.

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Ohio Players to Watch

#4 Tyler Tettleton
Senior | Quarterback | 6'0'' 207

• Threw 2,623 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

• Completed 63.1 percent of passes in 2013 (209-331).

• Averaged 218.6 passing yards per game this season, 4th in the Mid-American Conference.

• Had a pass efficiency rating of 144.2, 3rd in the MAC.

• Earned MAC East Player of the Week after throwing 375 yards and four TDs in Eastern Michigan this season.

• Needs104 yards to surpass 9,000 career passing yards, breaking Ohio record.

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#3 Donte Foster
Senior | Wide Receiver | 6'1.5'' 200

• Registered 63 catches and 858 recieving yards this season, to go along with six TDs.

• Averaged 71.5 receving yards in 2013, 6th in the MAC.

• Averaged 5.2 receptions this season, tied for 6th in the MAC.

• Career-high 3 TDs vs. the Miami Redhawks on Oct. 26.

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#22 Beau Blankenship
Senior | Running Back | 5'9'' 206

• Totaled 844 net yards this season and five TDs.

• Averaged 70.3 rushing yards per game in 2013, 10th in the Mid-American conference.

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Brian North's Bowl Preview

East Carolina is favored by 13.5 points over Ohio in the Beef 'O’ Brady’s Bowl. The Pirates (9-3) are trying to cap off a 10-win season, which would be the second highest total in school history. The 1991 team won 11 games.

The Bobcats (7-5) ended the season losing three of their last four games.

Both teams are no stranger to post season play. ECU will be playing in seventh bowl game in eight years. Ohio will be playing in a bowl game for the third straight year.

Here is the tale of the tape: ECU is averaging 40.4 points per game while Ohio puts up 28 points per contest. Advantage: ECU.

The Pirates allow 25.2 points a game, while the Bobcats surrender 26.7 points per game. That’s a push.

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Fast Facts: ECU Pirates

Football History

First Season: 1932

All-Time Record: 415-382-12 (.520)

First Year in C-USA: 1997

All-Time C-USA Record: 81-51-0 (.614)

C-USA Championships: 2 ('08 and '09)

Bowl Appearances: 18 (8-10)
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School History

Location: Greenville, N.C.

Founded: 1907

Conference: Conference USA

Home Field: Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Capacity: 50,000

Fast Facts: Ohio Bobcats

Football History

First Season: 1894

All-Time Record: 533-534-48 (.499)

First Year in MAC: 1947

All-Time MAC Record: 223-249-11 (.471)

MAC Championships: 5 ('53, '60, '63, '67, '68)

MAC Division Championships: 3 ('06, '09, '11)

Bowl Appearances: 8 (CLICK for complete list)

School History

Location: Athens, Ohio

Founded: 1804

Conference: Mid-American (East)

Home Field: Peden Stadium

Capacity: 24,000