Kolliln Retter is the top defensive player for NWOSU. Retter has 42 (29-13) total tackles, four tackles-for-loss (16 yards), two interceptions, one break up, three passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Saturday’s game will be the 64th meeting between the teams since the series started back in 1913. The Tigers currently own a 40-17-6 advantage in the series.
The Tigers claimed a 41-3 win over Northwestern last season at Norris Field. ECU held the Rangers scoreless until the final seconds of the game.
Both the ECU offense and defense had strong performances in the game, with five touchdowns, two field goals scores and by only allowing Northwestern to score a single field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Bond threw for 226 yards, completing 19-of-28 pass attempts, with no interceptions.
The Tigers offense combined for 450 yards and held Northwestern to just 186.
Getting in the Red Zone: The Tigers have been very strong in the red zone this season, scoring 16 of the 17 times they have made it past the 20-yard line. The 94 percent mark ranked then No. 4 in the nation in the category. ECU has scored 12 TDs (71 percent) and four field goals when making it into the red zone and also held their opponents to a 17-of-22 (77 percent) mark, with 14 touchdowns and three field goals.
Junior JuJu Turituri turned up the pressure on the opposition in his last outing. Turituri tallied three tackles-for-loss, doubling his season totals. He also added two sacks, which brought his season total to three.
Gaines has had his hands in the faces and paths of the opponent’s offensives this season. The Fresno, Calif., native had three pass break ups and eight total tackles, including one for loss, in the game against Ouachita Baptist. He now has season totals to 27.5 tackles, six passes defended, four pass break ups and two interceptions.