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ECU Football Picks Up Win for Seniors on Senior Day


ADA, Okla. – The East Central University football team sent their seven seniors out on a high note, earning a 31-30 victory over Arkansas Tech in the final game at Koi Ishto Stadium in 2019.

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1st 9:28 ECU Kenny Hrncir 2-yard run (Harper Simmons Kick) 7-0
1st 7:43 ATU Drew Wade 31-yard pass from Carter Burcham (Jesus Zizumbo Kick) 7-7
1st 0:26 ATU Jesus Zizumbo 24-yard field goal 7-10
2nd 8:53 ECU Ontario Douglas 2-yard run (Harper Simmons Kick) 14-10
2nd 6:40 ECU JayQuan Lincoln 13-yard pass from Kenny Hrncir (Harper Simmons Kick) 21-10
2nd 0:19 ATU Tanner Gaines 1-yard run (Jesus Zizumbo Kick) 21-17
3rd 14:51 ATU Drew Wade 88-yard kickoff return (Jesus Zizumbo Kick) 21-24
3rd 6:06 ECU Harper Simmons 26-yard field goal 24-24
3rd 0:20 ATU Jesus Zizumbo 36-yard field goal 24-27
4th 13:30 ECU Ontario Douglas 14-yard run (Harper Simmons Kick) 31-27
4th 8:51 ATU Jesus Zizumbo 42-yard field goal 31-30

Tiger Quick Hits

  • The Tigers (2-8, 2-8 GAC) honored their seven seniors prior to the start of the game
  • Fr. Kenny Hrncir passed for a career-high 308 yards
    • First game over 300 yards passing
    • 308 yards, 21-of-28, 1 TD
    • Also led team in rushing
      • 72 yards rushing, 16 attempts, 1 TD
    • Season: No. 12 - 1,650 passing yards
  • RSo. Ontario Douglas: 68 yards rushing, 19 attempts, 2 TDs
    • Moved up to No. 7 in Career Rushing Touchdowns
      • Tied with Steve Pollard (1979-81)
    • Career: No. 14 - 2,149 rushing yards
    • Season: No. 11 – 1,117 rushing yards
  • So. JayQuan Lincoln
    • 97 yards receiving, 10 attempts, 1 TD
    • Season: 632 receiving yards, 50 catches
      • 7 yards away from single season top-10 list
      • No. 7 Single Season Receptions – 50
  • Fr. Teslim Abubaker had his strongest game of the season
    • First 100+ yards receiving games
      • 123 yards, 9 catches
      • Previous high 62 yards at Arkansas-Monticello (1 catch)
  • Fr. Christian Fleischhauer: 9 (8-1) total tackles, 1.0 TFL (1 yard)
  • Fr. Devon Roush: 8 (4-4) total tackles, 1.5 TFL (1 yard)
  • So. Jalen Baldwin: 4 (2-2) total tackles, 2 PBUs
  • Fr. Donovan Callis: 3 (2-1) total tackles, 1 interception (1 yard)
    • First interceptions of his career
  • RFr. Damas Green: 3 (2-1) total tackles, 1.0 TFL (10 yards), 1.0 Sacks (10 yards)
    • 1.0 TFL in the last four games
    • First sack of the season
  • ECU also honored the 14 ECU Marching Band Seniors at halftime
    • McKean Akin
    • Brionna Braverman
    • Corey Burton
    • Garrett Crook
    • Hannah Harvey
    • Shelby Hubbard
    • Tierra Jones
    • Ethan LInfoot
    • Blake Pringle
    • Emily Selman
    • Cody Tollison
    • Jessica Wilcox

Up Next

  • The Tigers will wrap up the 2019 season on the road
    • Saturday, Nov. 16 at Southeastern Oklahoma State – 2 p.m.
      • Great American Classic: The 100-Year War
      • 103rd meeting in the all-time series

Head Coach Al Johnson Thoughts

  • What does it mean to get a win for your seniors on Senior Day?
    • "It was really my goal all week.  We have been together for two years and I didn't recruit them, but these seniors bought into my coaching style and have done everything they could to make the program better.  We all wanted a better senior year for them, but we are so young and they never wavered one bit and were good leaders, so they deserve this more than anyone."
  • What was the difference in getting the win tonight in a close game, compared to the last home game that we ended up losing in the final minutes?
    • "I think it always comes down to one or two plays.  This team just believed and knew that if they kept playing someone would make the big play and we did.  We made a lot of big plays, but we also left a lot of plays on the field.  This game didn't need to be close, so there are still a lot of things we need to correct as a young team."
    • "As my former head coach Barry Alvarez, who is now in the College Football Hall of Fame, said to me, 'The hardest thing to do when you are losing is to win.'  And our team showed that this week.  After six-straight losses, to do whatever they could to get the win, whether it was by one or 30 it doesn't matter, we won the last game of the year at home."