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The Game:  Johns Hopkins (6-3, 6-2 Centennial) returns to Homewood Field for the regular season finale against long-time rival McDaniel (5-4, 4-4 Centennial).

The Teams:  Johns Hopkins won its third straight game with a 24-9 win at Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. The Blue Jays outscored the Diplomats 17-0 in the second half to secure the victory.  McDaniel erased a 23-7 second quarter deficit and defeated Gettysburg, 36-30, in triple overtime last Saturday.

The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by  Jim Margraff, who is in his 21st year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and sports a 135-78-3 (.632) record.  He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and also ranks second all-time in CC history with 91 league victories to his credit.  Tim Keating is in 18th season as the head coach at McDaniel and sports a 108-74-3 (.592 record) at MC and a 134-97-3 (.579) overall record as a college head coach.

Twleve Seniors Playing Final Regular Season Game:  This week's game will be the last regular season game in the careers of the 12 seniors on the 2010 Johns Hopkins football team. Since arriving in 2007, this group has helped the Blue Jays to a 28-15 (.651) record with the 2009 Centennial Conference title and subsequent trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals highlighting their time at Homewood.  In addition, they have compiled a 9-2 record in November and an 18-6 record on the road.  On behalf of Johns Hopkins University, the Department of Athletics and the Blue Jay football program, we would like to thank each of these players for their hard work and dedication and wish them the best of luck in the future.

What's at Stake:  What appeared out of reach just two weeks ago is now very possible with one regular season game remaining.  Johns Hopkins can grab a share of the Centennial Conference title with a win today against McDaniel coupled with a loss by Muhlenberg to Moravian.  Ursinus can also still grab a piece of the title with a win against Dickinsona and a Muhlenberg loss.  Muhlenberg has already clinched no worse than a share of the title and has secured the Centennial's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs.

Johns Hopkins owns five Centennial titles - all of which have come since 2002.  JHU shared the title in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and won the title outright in 2005 and 2009.

A Grand Victory:  In addition to keeping themselves alive in the race for a share of the Centennial Conference title, last week's win at Franklin & Marshall will also go down in the record books as a victory in the 1,000th all-time game in school history.  JHU improved to 469-473-58 (.498) all-time with last week's victory.

November Reign:  Last Saturday's 24-9 win over Franklin & Marshall extended JHU's recent run in the month of November.  The Blue Jays have currently won five straight, nine of 10 and 24 of their last 28 games in the month of November (since 2001).  Amazingly, JHU has not lost a road game in the month of November since 2005.

Not That Far Away:  Johns Hopkins' three losses this season have come by a total of 16 pionts to three teams (Randolph-Macon, Muhlenberg, Ursinus) that currently have a combined record of 21-6.  

Get Us Now: JHU graduated a large, accomplished senior class after a magical 2009 season.  With that turnover in personnel, the Blue Jays became a much younger group.  In fact, JHU started a season-high six seniors last week.  Prior to that, Johns Hopkins had not started more than five seniors in any game this season.

Michels Set to Break School Record:  When Johns Hopkins beat Hampden-Sydney, 17-16, on September 1, 2007, most people focused on Patrick Kay's blocked field goal on the final play of the game that sealed the victory.  Some may remember that a freshman wide receiver named Tucker Michels earned a start that day and had eight receptions..

Fast forward four years and several things have happened:  the Blue Jays have accumulated 27 more wins since then, and that freshman receiver has started all 43 games in his career.

Michels is currently tied with former Blue Jay wide receiver Anthony Triplin for the most overall and consecutive starts in school hisory.  Barring something unforseen, Michels will break the record today against McDaniel.  He is believed to be one of just four players in school history to start 40 or more consecutive games. Below is a list of JHU players who have started 40 or more straight games:

Tucker Michels (Active) - WR/43
Anthony Triplin (2003-06) - WR/43
Phil Dixon (2003-06) - OL/40
Matt Campbell (2001-04) - DB/40

There's only one way to stay in the starting lineup that long and it's to be productive - and Michels has certainly been that.  He enters this week's game with career totals of 180 receptions for 2,146 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranks fifth all-time at JHU in receptions, sixth in receiving yards and tied for 10th in touchdown receptions.

Did You Know:  Prior to this season there had been exactly seven instances in school history where the Blue Jays had two receivers with 100 or more receiving yards in the same game.  The Blue Jays have now down it three times in nine games this year after Tucker Michels (9-125-0) and Sam Wernick (4-124-1) topped the 100-yard mark last week at F&M.  Amazingly, Wernick has been involved in all three this season and four of the 10 in school history.

Wernick Rolls On:  Junior Sam Wernick contiues to enjoy what is now officially the greatest season in school history by a wide receiver.  He totaled four receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown last week at F&M to push his season totals to 55 receptions for 1,027 yards and 14 touchdowns with his effort against the Diplomats.

Wernick's 14 TD receptions are a school record and just one shy of the Centennial single-season record, while his 1,027 receiving yards tie the JHU single-season record originally set by Bill Stromberg as a freshman in 1978.

500 Yards in Back-to-Back Games:  One week after punching up a then season-high 515 yards of total offense in a 49-24 win at Susquehanna, the Blue Jays took that up a notch with a 582-yard outburst against Juniata.

The 582-yard showing ranks as the third-highest single-game total in the Jim Margraff era and the efforts over those two games mark the first time in school history JHU has totaled 500 or more yards in back-to-back games.

Below is a look at the five highest single-game total offense marks under Margraff:

651 (124 ru - 527 pa) vs. Georgetown - 10-26-1991
582 (216 ru - 366 pa) vs. Juniata - 10-30-2010
572 (230 ru - 342 pa) vs. Swarthmore - 9-20-1991
515 (129 ru - 386 pa) vs. Susquehanna - 10-23-2010
513 (193 ru - 320 pa) vs. Ursinus - 10-9-1993

200-300:  For just the second time in school history, Johns Hopkins totaled 200 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in the win over Juniata.  JHU rushed for 216 yards and threw for 366 yards in piling up 582 yards of total offense.  Both 200-300 showings have come under current head coach Jim Margraff.  Previously, JHU reached these marks against Swarthmore in 1991 (230 rushing - 342 passing).

Tomlin Is JHU's Winningest QB:  Junior Hewitt Tomlin became JHU's career leader in wins by a starting quarterback with the 44-10 win against Dickinson on October 8.  Tomlin, who is now 23-8 in 31 career starts at Johns Hopkins, passed JHU Hall of Famer Mark Campbell for most career wins by a JHU starting QB.  Campbell played from 1982-85 and was also an All-American pitcher for the Blue Jay baseball team.

Below is a list of the winningest quarterbacks in school history:

Name (Years) Career Record

Hewitt Tomlin (Active) 23-8
Mark Campbell (1982-85) 19-16
Wayne Roccia (1996-99) 18-9
Jack Thomas (1972-74) 17-9
Zach DiIonno (2002-05) 17-7
Jim Margraff (1978-81) 16-20

Tomlin Ranks Third in Victories Among CC Quarterbacks:  Junior Hewitt Tomlin became JHU's career leader in wins by a starting quarterback with the 44-10 win against Dickinson on October 8.  Tomlin, who is now 23-8 in 31 career starts at Johns Hopkins, moved into sole possession of third place on the Centennial Conference's all-time list of winningest quarterbacks with last week's win vs. F&M.  Tomlin is just two wins shy of Muhlenberg's Eric Santagato for second place on the list.

CC Quarterbacks by Victories (20 or more)

Ron Sermarini (McD) 1996-99  - 35-7 (.833)
Eric Santagato (Muhl.) 2006-08  - 25-8 (.758)
Hewitt Tomlin (JHU) Active  - 23-8 (.742)
Ian Mitchell (DC) 2007-09  - 22-8 (.733)
Michael McCabe (Muhl.) 1998-2000  - 21-11 (.656)

CC Quarterbacks by Percentage (Min. 20 starts / .600 winning percentage)

Ron Sermarini (McD.) 1996-99  - 35-7 (.833)
Eric Santagato (Muhl.) 2006-08  - 25-8 (.758)
Hewitt Tomlin (JHU) Active  - 23-8 (.742)
Zach DiIonno (JHU) 2002-05  - 17-7 (.739)
Justin Jones (Muhl.) 2001-02  - 17-7 (.739)
Ian Mitchell (DC) 2007-09  - 22-8 (.733)
Chris Elser (Muhl.) 1986-88  - 19-7 (.731)
John Tice (DC) 1991-94 - 18-7 (.720)
Wayne Roccia (JHU) 1996-99  - 18-9 (.667)
Michael McCabe (Muhl.) 1998-2000  - 21-11 (.656)
John Harrison (F&M) Active  - 19-10 (.655)

Tomlin Breaks Another Record:  Junior Hewitt Tomlin enjoyed a productive game at Franklin & Marshall last Saturday as he was 20-of-29 for 313 yards with one touchdown in the victory.  His 61-yard touchdown pass toSam Wernick to open the second half ignited a 17-0 game-ending run for the Blue Jays.  The scoring toss was also Tomlin's school-record 19th of the season.  He had been tied with George Merrell (2003), John Guglielmo(1991) and Jim Feely (1968) at the top of the list.

Tomlin enters today's game against McDaniel within striking distance of two JHU career records that he currently doesn't call his own:  completions and TD passes.  His 571 career completions are 15 shy of Jim Margraff'scareer mark, while his 45 touchdown passes leave him five shy of Margraff's record.

A Pass-Happy Bunch:  Johns Hopkins totaled a season-hgih 386 yards passing in the win at Susquehanna and JHU has a school-record five, 300-yard passing games (as a team) on the year after punching up 300 or more in each of the last three games.  Prior to this season, JHU had never thrown for more than 300 yards more than twice in a season.

The 386 passing yards rank as the fourth-highest total in school history.  Below is a look at the top seven single-game team passing totals in school history, three of which have come this season and six of which have come in the Jim Margraff era.

527 - Georgetown (10-26-1991)
399  -  Muhlenberg (10-17-1987)
387  - Muhlenberg (10-4-2008)
386  - Susquehanna (10-23-2010)
384  -  Randolph-Macon (9-11-2010)
371  -  Kean (9-11-2004)
366  - Juniata (10-30-2010)

Piatek Closes on 100:  Junior LB Ryan Piatek posted a game-high 12 tackles and added a pass breakup in last week's win at F&M to push his season tackle total to a team-high 90.  He also leads the team in tackles for losses (11.0), ranks second in sacks (3.0) and is third in interceptions (3). 

Piatek's 90 tackles are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Adam Luke posted 99 in 2005.  The last Blue Jay to register 100 or more tackles in a season was Matt Hagel in 2004 (106).

With 172 career tackles, Piatek is also JHU's career active leader in tackles and one of five juniors on the team with 100 or more tackles to their credit.  Below is a look at the five with their current tackle total included.

Ryan Piatek - 172
Tyler Brown  - 153
Michael Milano  - 134
Sam Eagleson  - 130
Kale Sweeney - 127

Turnovers Tell the Story:  In JHU's three losses, the Blue Jays have turned the ball over a total of 12 times.  On the flip side, they have just seven total turnovers in their six wins.

Road Warriors:  The Blue Jays posted a 6-2 record on the road last season after punching up a 4-1 record on the road in 2008.  Including the six road games this season, JHU is 18-6 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 40-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.

Scoring is Up:  Johns Hopkins is averaging 35.1 points per game this season, an average surpassed in JHU anals only once (1967 - 36.4 ppg.) in the modern era of Blue Jay football (since 1955).  JHU has scored 40 or more points four times this season and eight times since the start of the 2009 season.  Johns Hopkins has never scored 40 or more points five times in one season.

It's Been a While:  Johns Hopkins had a 24-game streak where it forced at least one turnover snapped last week at F&M as the Blue Jays failed to post an interception or recover a fumble.  Still, JHU has been on quite a roll in the turnover department.  Consider ...

• JHU has forced at least one turnover in 24 of its last 25 games dating back to late in the 2008 season.

• JHU has forced two or more turnovers in 19 of the last 23 games dating back to late in the 2008 season.

• JHU has at least one interception in 21 of the last 24 games.

Streaking:  Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 69-28 (.711) record.  Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 75-31 (.708) since the start of the 2001 season and 80-36 (.690) since the beginning of the 2000 season.  The 74 wins the Blue Jays amassed from 2000-09 are the most wins in a decade in school history.  Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade.  In the decade just completed, the Blue Jays averaged more than seven wins per season (7.4).

Seven's Heaven:  Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 60-19 (.759) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.

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