Football: 5 Things to Know: Game 4 - Otterbein

Kordell Ford (photo by Steven Kachilla)
Kordell Ford (photo by Steven Kachilla)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Each week during the football season, we will give you five things to know five days before kickoff. This week, No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

  1. That 70's Show -- Mount Union and Otterbein meet for the 52nd time on Saturday and the Purple Raiders have won the last 41 meetings dating back to a 24-7 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance. The 41 consecutive wins is the longest current streak Mount Union has over any OAC opponent. The overall series is 47-4 in Mount Union's favor dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. 
  2. Tick, Tock -- Mount Union started the game at John Carroll last week with an 18-play, 8-minute and 44-second drive that was finished with a D'Angelo Fulford one-yard touchdown run. In fact, the Raiders held the ball for 11:47 in the first quarter and finished the game with almost 38 minutes of possession. Mount Union is currently sixth in the nation in time of possession at 36:08 per game. Redlands (Calif.) leads NCAA Division III in time of possession at 37:34. 
  3. Money Down -- Another key to the Mount Union win last week at John Carroll was its play on third down, as the Raiders were 10-of-15 on offense and held the Blue Streaks to 4-of-13 on defense. John Carroll did not get a first down in the game until 7:12 left in the second quarter. On the season, Mount Union is currently fourth in the nation at converting third downs at 59-percent and fifth in third down defense at 19.5-percent.
  4. Hill-Top -- Mount Union senior wide receiver Justin Hill caught two touchdown passes at John Carroll which gives him eight on the season. His eight touchdown catches is second-best in the nation so far this season as Widener's James Gillespie has nine and Hill now has 46 career receiving touchdowns which is fourth-best in school history -- one behind the 47 that Pierre Garcon had for the Raiders from 2005-07.
  5. Many Happy Returns -- Mount Union senior Darian Littlejohn leads the OAC and is 13th in the nation in kickoff return yards averaging 31.2 yards per return.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and there will be live video (pay-per-view) and live stats available online at athletics.mountunion.edu/gameday