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ECU wears down Ohio in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

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    East Carolina running back Breon Allen (25) celebrates with wide receiver Bryce Williams (80) after Allen scored on a 2-yard touchdown run against Ohio during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Ohio wide receiver Donte Foster pulls in an 80-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game against East Carolina on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    East Carolina running back Breon Allen (25) escapes the grasp of Ohio defensive end Kurt Laseak (99) during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    East Carolina wide receiver Cam Worthy (9) pulls in a 5-yard touchdown reception in front of Ohio cornerback Devin Bass (37) during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton (4) throws a pass after rolling away from East Carolina defensive end Lee Pegues (58) during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    Ohio running back Daz'mond Patterson (7) scores past a diving East Carolina defensive back Michael Dobson (35) on a 17-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden (5) throws a pass as he is pressured by Ohio linebacker Ben Russell (36) during the second quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 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 today.

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.

East Carolina’s Shane Carden threw for 273 yards and one TD and also scored on a pass reception.

Cam Worthy caught an early 5-yard scoring pass from Carden, and then took a lateral from the junior quarterback and threw 14 yards back to Carden for a fourth-quarter TD that made it 31-20. Cooper put it well out of reach, finding an opening off left tackle and racing 22 yards for his second TD.

Tyler Tettleton and Derrius Vick threw scoring passes for Ohio (7-6), which overcame an early two-touchdown deficit to lead 20-17 before Cooper took over.

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