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.
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.
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
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.
#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.
#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.
Ohio Players to Watch
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.
#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.
#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.