Photo Courtesy: UCA Athletics (Bill Patterson)
CONWAY, Ark. -- (UCA) The University of Central Arkansas Bears turned the
tables on the nation's fourth-ranked offense on a cold Saturday night at
First Security Field at Estes Stadium.
The 10th-ranked Bears (9-2), with their ticket already punched for the
Division I Playoffs, strengthened their resume with a convincing 48-30
victory over the high-flying and 25th-ranked Eastern Illinois Panthers.
UCA held EIU's offense to just 297 yards, 202 yards under its season
average of 499. The Panthers, winners of four straight to win the Ohio
Valley Conference title, were averaging 40 points per game.
UCA controlled the ball and the clock the entire game, running a
season-high 99 plays to EIU's 62. The Panthers entered the game as one
of the fastest offenses in the nation, averaging 87.6 offensive plays
per game and running more than 100 plays in three games. After taking a
24-23 halftime lead, the Bears played keep-away in the second half.