The East Central University football team made good on the 2012 Homecoming theme, A Super Tiger Homecoming, claiming a 41-3 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State at Norris Field. The Tigers (3-3) held the Rangers scoreless until the final seconds of the game and extended their home-winning streak to a school-best 10 games.
Both the ECU offense and defense had strong performances in the game, with five touchdowns, two field goals scores and by only allowing Northwestern to score a single field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Bond threw for 226 yards, completing 19-of-28 pass attempts, with no interceptions. Senior Chad Winbush led the rushing charge for the Tigers, with 133 yards on 21 attempts. Seniors Colter Huff and Denzel Dewberry both earned receiving touchdowns. Huff caught five passes for 50 yards and Dewberry netted four passes and 61 yards.
Defensively senior Amos Cherry led ECU, with eight (4-4) tackles and a fumble recovery. Seniors Dustin Lasell and Tyler McGrew also added seven tackles each.
The Tigers opened the scoring at 10:23 in the first quarter on a 37-yard field goal from senior Brian Gonzalez.
The second quarter was the deciding period in the game, with the Tigers scoring three touchdowns to go up 24-0 at the half. Junior LaQuan Harper recorded the first touchdown of the quarter at 10:13 on a 21-yard pass from Bond. Bond added the second at 6:40 on a one-yard run and Huff scored the final points of the half, with a one-yard reception with 15 seconds left to play.
Dewberry opened the scoring for ECU in the second half, with a touchdown at 9:37 in the third on a 10-yard pass from Bond. Freshman Brad Davis garnered the final touchdown of the game, with a 49-yard run with 6:59 left in the third quarter.
Gonzalez ended the scoring for the Tigers with a 35-yard field goal at 11:35 in the fourth quarter.
After holding the Rangers scoreless the entire game, ECU allowed them to score a field goal as time ran out for the final 41-3 score.
The Tigers offense combined for 450 yards and held Northwestern to just 186. ECU’s 226 offense receiving yards are the second most in a single game in 2012 and the 224 rushing yards are the most in a single game.
The Tigers will remain at home for one more game before their next road trip, as Southern Arkansas comes to Norris Field, Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 2 p.m. kick-off.