ECU first played Navy on Sept. 2, 2006 in Annapolis, Maryland, losing the game 28-23. Saturday will mark the eighth installment of the series and fourth since the American Athletic Conference was formed.

Below are some interesting notes and pieces of information ahead of ECU’s game against the Midshipmen on Saturday. You can also find a preview of the game here.

  • Navy leads the all-time series against ECU 6-1 and has won the last four
  • Navy is 3-0 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium — averaged 66 points and 504.3 rushing yards per game in those contests
  • Navy — last trip to Greenville was a 66-31 win in 2016
  • Navy — won last matchup between programs (42-10 on Sept. 14, 2019 in Annapolis)
  • ECU — only win in the series was on Oct. 22, 2011 (38-35 win in Annapolis)
  • ECU is looking for back-to-back AAC wins for the first time since 2015
  • ECU — this represents the only October home game in 2020 — first time the Pirates have only had one such game since 2013
  • ECU is 50-38 in conference home games since 1997 — last win was on Nov. 17, 2018 against UConn (lost four straight)
  • Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is the 10th-longest tenured active coach in FBS — was promoted to head coach on Dec. 8, 2007 (in 23rd overall season at Navy)
  • Navy — six coaches have been with the program for at least 10 years — second-most nationally behind Northwestern
  • ECU defensive coordinator Blake Harrell (2019) followed current Navy defensive coordinator Brian Newberry (2013-2018) in holding the same position at Kennesaw State
  • ECU has averaged 36 points and 445.5 yards per game in two AAC contests thus far in 2020
  • Navy — since 2002 has not ranked lower than sixth in rushing yards per game (at season’s end) — led the nation with 360.5 rushing yards per game in 2019 (program record)
  • Navy is 29-13 in conference play since 2015 — third-best mark in the AAC behind Temple and Memphis
  • ECU — since joining the AAC, leads the conference in passing yards with 23,592 and paces the league with 18 400-yard passing games
  • ECU has rushed for a combined 504 yards through three games — second-highest total through first three games of a season since 2001 (program history)
    • 127 carries are the most across same time-span since 2000
  • ECU QB Holton Ahlers is one of eight current FBS signal-callers to have 5,000+ career yards passing and 1,000+ career yards rushing
    • 5th on that list with 5,845 passing yards, 1,028 rushing yards, 6,873 total yards in 25 career games
  • Navy started three different quarterbacks through its first three games (only FBS team to do so in 2020) — first time doing so in program history since 1992
  • Navy — 20 players have made first career start this season (second-most nationally)
  • ECU — 15 players have made first career start this season (fourth-most nationally)
  • ECU is 191-107 (.641) in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium since 1963
    • Has had 39 winning seasons at DFS
  • Navy is 64-13 under Niumatalolo when scoring first — 83-5 when leading after three quarters
  • Navy is 2-0 in the AAC for the first time since 2017
  • ECU has won 39 of its last 43 games when leading at the half — 12-2 since 2015
  • ECU is 163-162-4 all-time in October — has lost 14 of last 17 October games since 2015
  • ECU — 7-13 versus the AAC in October
  • Navy — 10-5-1 all-time on Oct. 17 — won four straight
  • ECU — 7-3 on Oct. 17 since 1953 — last win was Oct. 17, 2015 against Tulsa (30-17)
  • ECU would be 2-2 for the third consecutive season with a win — sixth time in 10 years
  • ECU would be 1-3 for the first time since 2017 with a loss — third time since 2011

ECU and Navy will kick-off on Saturday at noon inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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