ADA – The East Central University football team had a strong outing in front of the 1993 NAIA National Championship team, which was honored before the start of the 2013 Homecoming game against Southern Nazarene. The Tigers (2-3, 2-3 GAC) earned a 46-14 win over the Crimson Storm (0-5, 0-5 GAC) at Norris Field.
CU was led by junior JoJo Snell, who tallied two first-quarter rushing touchdowns and a second-quarter receiving TD. Snell tallied a total of 125 yards for the game, with 35 on the run and 90 in the air.
Sophomore Spencer Bond threw for 377 yards, with three touchdowns, and added 27 yards rushing. Bond finished the game 19-of-27 passing. Senior Lindsey Anderson caught three passes for the night for a team-best 114 yards, while senior LaQuan Harper caught four passes for 43 yards and a TD.
The Tigers defense also had a strong game, recording six sacks for 38 yards and 11 tackles-for-loss for 49 yards. Junior Daniel Holland led the team with 5.5 (3-5) total tackles, two sacks (13 yards) and 1.5 tackles-for-loss (14 yards). Junior JuJu Turituri added two sacks (11 yards) and three tackles-for-loss (15 yards), while senior Alex King tallied two sacks (14 yards) and two tackles-for-loss (14 yards), with one fumble recovery.
ECU scored touchdowns on its first four drives of the game. The first TD came with 12:11 left in the first quarter when Snell rushed in from two yards out. The play was set up by a 56-yard catch by Anderson to put the Tigers in the red-zone.
ECU went up 14-0 with 6:45 left in the opening quarter, when Snell ran in from 10 yards out on an eight-play, 64 yard drive.
Harper pushed the score out to 20-0 at 14:14 left in the second quarter, with a five-yard reception.
Junior Dominique Massengill earned a touchdown, with 13:17 left in the second quarter, after the first of two-straight fumbles by the Crimson Storm on kickoff returns. Masengill ran in from 10 yards out to give ECU a 26-0 lead.
The Crimson Storm got on the scoreboard with 3:16 left in the second quarter.
ECU responded with a 31-yard receiving touchdown that connected Bond with senior Caleb Holley, with 1:59 left in the half.
On the next SNU drive, junior Darren Campbell intercepted a pass at the 50-yard line, which led to a 50-yard receiving touchdown by Snell and a 40-7 lead for the Tigers heading into the locker room.
After the intermission, ECU scored a field goal in the third and fourth quarters. Freshman Trevor Hunt first hit a 28-yard attempt with 6:33 left in the third and then added a 33-yard attempt, with 10:35 left in the fourth quarter.
The Crimson Storm tallied the final points of the game, with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for a final score of 46-14.
The Tigers earned a total of 491 yards to SNU’s 277, with the key difference coming on the pass. ECU tallied 412 passing yards to the Crimson Storm’s 172. The Tigers also earned a key defensive advantage, with three fumble recoveries and one interception.
ECU will now have a bye week before hosting Northwestern Oklahoma State, Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at Norris Field.