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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.