Bears close regular season with dominant victory

    1:33 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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    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.

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