ECU first played Cincinnati on Nov. 15, 1986 in Greenville, North Carolina, winning the game 32-19. Friday will mark the 24th installment of the series and seventh since ECU joined the American Athletic Conference in 2014.

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

  • ECU leads the all-time series against Cincinnati 13-10 but has lost eight of the last nine games
  • Cincinnati is 6-5 in 11 all-time games against ECU at home and has won the last two games overall
  • Cincinnati won the last meeting between the two programs on Nov. 2, 2019 by a score of 46-43
  • Cincinnati has won 18-straight home games (school record) — represents the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS behind Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame
  • ECU — Friday will represent the fourth time these two teams have played on Nov. 13 — other times were 1997, 1999, 2014
  • ECU is averaging 421 total yards per game in five AAC contests this season — 340.5 passing yards and three passing touchdowns per game in last two contests
  • ECU — second time playing a ranked team in 2020 — lost to No. 13 UCF in season-opener
  • Cincinnati is ranked inside the top-ten nationally for the first time since 2009
  • Cincinnati owns a 28-5 record (.848) since 2018 — ranks among the top-6 best teams in college football in terms of winning percentage in that time span
  • Cincinnati paces the AAC and is fifth nationally in scoring defense at 11.7 points per game
    • Has outscored opponents 236 to 70 through six games
    • Held all five FBS opponents to 13 points or less
    • No opponent has scored more than 20 points against Cincinnati in 2020
  • ECU is 13-61-1 versus AP ranked opponents dating back to 1972
    • Has lost last nine games — last win was against No. 25 UNC on Sept. 20, 2014
  • ECU’s last opponent ranked No. 7 or higher was No. 5 West Virginia on Sept. 22, 2007
  • ECU is 21-14 all-time against current FBS programs from the state of Ohio
  • Cincinnati is 10-1 when ranked inside the top-ten
  • Cincinnati will be playing its first night game of 2020 on Friday
    • 10-1 in last 11 night games
    • .763 winning percentage at Nippert Stadium in night games over the last 12 seasons
  • Cincinnati’s defense held Houston, Memphis and SMU to a combined 33 points
  • ECU is averaging 27.1 points, 133.5 rushing, 311.1 passing and 444.6 total yards in 53 AAC games since joining the conference in 2014
  • ECU has won 39 of its last 44 games when leading at the half
    • 12-3 since 2015
  • ECU is playing its 890th all-time game since the program was founded in 1932
    • 445-433-11 (.507) all-time record
  • Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder has six career 100-yard rushing games and three career games with at least three rushing scores
    • Has rushed for 323 yards and eight touchdowns in last three games
  • Cincinnati has won 87% of Ridder’s 31 career starts
  • Cincinnati has scored 35-plus points in three-straight games for the first time since 2014
  • ECU — a win would make its record 2-5 for the third time in the last five years (2016 and 2018)
  • ECU — a loss would make its record 1-6 for the first time since 2017 and second time since 2003
  • ECU is 58-93 (.384) on the road since 1997 — looking for two away league wins in the same season for first time since 2015
  • Cincinnati has allowed just one opponent to score on its opening possession — allowed zero touchdowns on opponent’s first drive
  • Cincinnati has beaten multiple ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 2009 — second time in school history
  • Cincinnati’s defense returned 10 players who made at least six starts in 2019
  • ECU is 140-131-5 all-time in the month of November
    • Lost 15 of last 19 games
    • Lost 18 of last 24 games since 2013
  • ECU is 20-27 in non-Saturday games since 2000
    • 14-13 on the road
    • 5-9 on Fridays
  • ECU is 6-18 against AAC opponents in November
  • Cincinnati has outscored opponents 52-17 in the first quarter this season
  • ECU’s 933 rushing yards are the program’s fifth-highest through the first six games of a season since 2000
  • ECU is 7-6 on Nov. 13 dating back to 1937 — last win was Nov. 13, 1999 (lost two straight)

ECU and Cincinnati will kick-off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. inside Nippert Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

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