ADA, Okla. — For the first time since East Central head coach Tim McCarty returned to the Tigers, ECU claimed a win against a ranked opponent with a 37-27 upset victory against No. 20 Ouachita Baptist at Norris Field.
The Tigers (4-5, 2-4 GAC) saw a strong overall game from senior Tyler McGrew. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native started the game off by throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Cody Nall in a fake field goal attempt, with 8:28 left in the first quarter. McGrew also added a team-best 12 (4-8) tackles and had one interception for 23 yards.
Senior Brian Gonzalez also had a strong day for ECU, hitting three field goals. The Los Angeles, Calif., native’s final field goal was a 47-yard boot that is the longest in his career.
After the Tigers scored their first touchdown and had the extra point blocked, OBU (6-2, 4-2 GAC) took its lone lead (6-7) of the game on a two-yard running touchdown, with 2:18 left in the first quarter.
ECU responded with a 42-yard touchdown pass from red-shirt freshman Spencer Bond to sophomore Marquis Jackson with 12:10 left in the second quarter. The Tigers then converted on the two-point conversion with a pass from Bond to junior LaQuan Harper to go up 14-7.
ECU added a 39-yard field goal from Gonzalez (6:12 left) and rushing touchdown by Bond (4:29) to go up 24-7. OBU tallied a three-yard rushing touchdown with 1:31 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 24-13 headed into the intermission.
The Tigers added three more points in the third quarter on a Gonzalez 40-yard field goal, but OBU tallied a touchdown with 3:36 left in the third quarter to cut the lead to 27-20.
With just five seconds off the clock in the fourth quarter, Gonzalez tallied a career-best 47-yard field goal and senior Titus Mobley added a 37-yard rushing touchdown, with 5:31 left in the fourth, to secure the win and put ECU up 37-20.
OBU had time for one more touchdown, with 3:49 left in the game, to cut the deficit to 10 (37-27), but the Tigers held possession for the remainder of the game for the win.
Bond was 11-of-20 for 155 yards passing and added 90 yards rushing on 12 carries. Mobley rushed for over 100 yards for the third game this season, with 147 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, the Tigers saw 10 tackles (9-1) from senior Dustin Lassell and nine (8-1) from senior Norris Wrenn. Sophomore Qumain Black also recorded an interception and five (4-1) 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.
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