The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-0, 5-0 Centennial) heads to Pennsylvania for a crucial Centennial Conference game at Gettysburg (4-2, 4-1 CC). Kickoff for the Homecoming game at Gettysburg is set for 1 pm at GC's Musselman Stadium.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 47-6 win over Dickinson last Friday night at Homewood Field. A day later, Gettysburg set up this week's showdown against the Blue Jays with a 14-10 win over Muhlenberg.
The Coaches: The two men who sit at the top of the Centennial Conference's all-time victories list (in league games) will meet this weekend. Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff, who is now in his 22nd year as the head coach at JHU and sports a 143-78-3 (.645) record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and is also tied with Gettysburg's Barry Streeter for the top spot on the Centennial Conference's career victories list (97). Streeter is in his 33rd season as the head coach at Gettysburg and carries a career record of 165-160-5 into this week's game against the Blue Jays.
The First of Two: Johns Hopkins enters the final four games of the season in sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference as the Blue Jays are the only unscathed team in the league (5-0 CC). For the Blue Jays to make it to November with their league title hopes still in their own hands, they'll need to navigate a treacherous two-game swing that opens this week at Gettysburg and concludes next week when Ursinus visits Homewood Field. After JHU, only two teams in the league have less than two losses in CC action; Gettysburg (4-1) and Ursinus (4-1).
These are the Facts: The win against Dickinson improved JHU's all-time record to 477-473-58 (.502). Johns Hopkins moved its all-time record over .500 for the first time since 1912 with the 41-0 victory at Moravian on September 17.
About the 6-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the fifth time in school history. Previously, JHU won its first six games in 1892 (started 7-0), 1931 (6-0), 2003 (7-0) and 2005 (7-0).
Streaking: Johns Hopkins closed the 2010 season with five straight wins and has run that streak to 11 with six wins to open the 2011 season. JHU has outscored the opposition 449-101 during the winning streak, which is tied for the longest in school history. JHU won 11 straight games from 2002-03 and matched that with an 11-game run from 2004-05.
More Steaking: JHU's 11-game winning streak is the second-longest active Division III streak in the nation. Two-time defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater has currently won 36 straight games.
A Final Streak: In addition to boasting the second-longest active Division III winning streak in the nation, the Blue Jays also boast the third-longest active overall winning streak in college football (NCAA). Wisconsin-Whitewater's 36-game run is the longest, while Stanford currently has a 14-game run. There are four teams, including Johns Hopkins and Oklahoma, that currently have 11-game winning streaks.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 14th in this week's AFCA Poll and has been ranked in the top 25 in each of the five weeks since the poll debuted for the 2011 season. The Blue Jays opened at #23 on September 19 before moving up to 20th, 16th and then 15th last week.
Johns Hopkins is also ranked 18th in this week's d3football.com poll. JHU was among the teams listed as receiving votes for the first four weeks of the d3football.com poll before moving into the top 25 on September 25. The Johns Hopkins Office of Athletic Communications uses the AFCA Poll to reflect JHU's official ranking at the time of a game. The AFCA Top 25 can be found on page five (5) of this release.
More Poll Position: Johns Hopkins checked in at number eight (8) in the first Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll last week and jumped to sixth this week. The poll ranks teams in the East in all four Divisions of NCAA Football (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III) and the team at the top of the poll at the end of the season is awarded the prestigious Lambert Cup. Johns Hopkins' highest finish in the Lambert Poll came in 2009, when the Blue Jays finished second. The Lambert Meadowlands Poll for this week can be found on page five (5) of this release.
JHU Rolls Up 632 Yards vs. Dickinson: Johns Hopkins rolled up a season-high 632 yards of total offense against Dickinson last Friday, a total that ranks third-best in school history. Only a 675-yard effort vs. Susquehanna in 1952 and a 651-yard showing against Georgetown in 1991 surpass last week's total.
In addition, the 443 yards passing by the Blue Jays against the Red Devils also ranks third in JHU history. A 526-yard effort vs. Georgetown in 1991 tops the list, while the Blue Jays totaled 446 yards through the air last season vs. Lebanon Valley. Offense Rolling: The Blue Jays rank either first or second in the Centennial Conference in every major statistical category. Entering this week's game vs. Gettysburg, JHU ranks first in passing offense (308.8) and second in scoring offense (41.7), rushing offense (178.2) and total offense (487.0).
More Offense: In addition to ranking first or second in the Centennial in every major statistical category, the Blue Jays also rank sixth in the nation in total offense (487.0), 12th in scoring offense (41.7) and 11th in passing offense (308.8).
A Program First: Johns Hopkins rushed for 269 yards and passed for 290 yards in the win against Susquehanna (9-10-11). This marked the first time in school history that JHU has rushed and passed for more than 250 yards in a game. JHU has gone over 200 yards passing and rushing 29 times, but the game against Susquehanna was the first time the Blue Jays went for 250-250 in a game.
Another First: One week after generating 290 yards rushing and 269 passing vs. Susquehanna, the Blue Jays got 269 yards passing and 202 rushing at Moravian. This marks the first time in school history JHU has ever had consecutive games with 200 or more rushing and passing yards.
Rigaud, Fazio Fuel Ground Attack: Junior Jonathan Rigaud and senior Nick Fazio are leading a ground game that is averaging 178.2 yards and exactly three touchdowns per game.
Rigaud has rushed for a career-high 494 yards on 82 carries (6.0 yards/rush) and ranks fourth in the CC at 82.3 yards per game. He also counts seven rushing TDs to his credit and recently became the 22nd player in school history to top 1,000 career rushing yards (1,169). Rigaud became the first player in school history with two 60+ yard rushing touchdowns in a game as he scored on runs of 68 and 69 yards in the third quarter of the game vs. Susquehanna.
Fazio has rushed for 174 yards on 48 carries with six touchdowns. His two scoring runs against Dickinson give him 18 in his career, which ties him for ninth on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list.
Balanced Receiving Tough to Contain: There are currently seven players in the Centennial Conference with 28 or more receptions on the year and three of those seven wear the Columbia Blue and Black.
While 2010 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year Sam Wernick will draw most of the attention from defenses throughout the season, the Blue Jay receiving corps is deep and talented and trying to take away Wernick only leaves more space for others to operate.
Wernick ranks second on the team with 38 receptions for 311 yards and four scores and currently ranks third in school history in receptions (195), receiving yards (2,690) and career 100-yard receiving games (9). He also moved into a tie for second place on JHU's career TD receptions list (26) with his scoring catch against Dickinson and ranks fifth in school history in career all-purpose yards (3,696).
Sophomore Dan Wodicka counts a team-high 39 receptions on the year with his going for 653 yards and four scores. He ranks second in the league in receiving yards per game (108.8) and third in receptions per game (6.5). He enjoyed one of the finest games of his career in last week's win vs. Dickinson as he tied his career-high with 11 receptions for a personal-best 202 yards and a career-best 246 all-purpose yards. His 202 receiving yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in school history.
Rounding out JHU's three primary receivers is junior Scott Cremens, who counts 28 receptions for 370 yards and a team-high five TDs. He ranks eighth in the Centennial in both receptions per game (4.67) and receiving yards per game (61.7). In all, 16 different players have at least one reception for the Blue Jays thus far and nine of those 16 players have at least five receptions to their credit.
Tomlin Continues Assault on JHU, Centennial Record Books: Senior Hewitt Tomlin returned to action last week vs. Dickinson after missing two games and picked up right where he left off - assaulting the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record books with his performance against the Red Devils.
Tomlin was 25-of-38 for 390 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Devils. His 390 yards passing rank third in school history, while his 390 yards of total offense is also the third-best single-game total in school history. For his efforts he was selected as the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the ECAC South Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Tomlin's showing against Dickinson also included him taking over as the record-holder in two more categories in Centennial Conference history as he became the league-leader in career total offense (9,154) and career 300-yard passing games (10). Tomlin is 90-of-136 for 1,163 yards with 11 TDs against just two INTs on the year. He currently leads the Centennial in passing yards per game (290.8) and total offense (290.5) and ranks second in pass efficiency (161.8).
For his career, Tomlin is 716-of-1,177 for 8,961 yards and 61 TDs. All of those marks are school records, as are his 27 career 200-yard games, 10 career 300-yard games and 9,154 yards of total offense.
Matey Leads JHU Past Muhlenberg, Juniata: With senior Hewitt Tomlin held out against Muhlenberg and Juniata with an injury, the quarterbacking duties fell to sophomore Robbie Matey, who took full advantage of his opportunity.
Matey was 25-of-31 for 251 yards with one touchdown to lead JHU to a crucial 27-17 victory over Muhlenberg on September 24. He followed that with a 17-of-31 showing for 161 yards and two touchdowns at Juniata.
His efforts continued his strong play on the year as he is now 54-of-76 for 533 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Piatek Reaches 200: Senior LB Ryan Piatek was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the win over Susquehanna. Piatek had a career-high two interceptions, including one in the first quarter that he returned 34 yards for a touchdown to give JHU a 7-0 lead. He added four tackles vs. the Crusaders, seven at Moravian and four vs. Muhlenberg. He topped the 200-tackle mark vs. Susquehanna and now has 214 to his credit. He is JHU's career active leader in tackles.
Eagleson Among Career Leaders: Senior CB Sam Eagleson's fourth quarter interception vs. Muhlenberg moved him into sole possession of fourth place on JHU's career interceptions list with 14. The Johns Hopkins career record for interceptions is held by Brian Hepting (20), while Matt Campbell (16) and Chad Van Den Berg (15) also sit ahead of Eagleson.
Maciow, Sweeney, Schweyer, Brown Top Tackle Chart: Juniors Taylor Maciow and Adam Schweyer and seniors Kale Sweeney and Tyler Brown currently sit at the top of the tackle charts for the Blue Jays.
Maciow, who has been named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll three times this season, counts a team-high 36 tackles, 3.0 sacks and four pass breakups to his credit to lead the way, while Sweeney ranks second in tackles (34) and also has 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Schweyer's 29 tackles rank third on the team, while Brown is the fourth member of the team with 25 or more tackles to his credit as he has 25, including 2.5 for losses and one sack. Brown also has four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries on the year.
Defense Fuels Victories: While the Johns Hopkins offense has grabbed attention with the points and yards it has put up, the Blue Jay defense is also enjoying a solid season as well. Consider:
• JHU currently leads the Centennial Conference in scoring defense (7.3), total defense (184.7), passing defense (90.7) and rushing defense (94.0).
• In addition to sitting at or near the top of the Centennial Conference in all categories, JHU also leads the nation in both pass efficiency defense (63.5 rating) and passing yards allowed per game (90.7) and ranks third in the nation in total defense (184.7) and scoring defense (7.3).
• The Blue Jays' first six opponents have had 83 combined possessions against JHU - only four have resulted in touchdowns. One of the five overall TDs JHU has allowed was scored by the Susquehanna defense.
• The Blue Jays forced two turnovers vs. USMMA and three vs. Susquehanna, Moravian and Muhlenberg before coming back with two more vs. Juniata and Dickinson. Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 27 of its last 31 games.
• JHU has forced at least one turnover in 32 of its last 33 games.
• JHU has at least one interception in 28 of the last 32 games.
• JHU is allowing an average of 3.1 yards per play. Muhlenberg ranks second in the CC in yards allowed per play (4.5).
• Hopkins held Susquehanna to 179 yards of total offense and Moravian to just 194. This is the first time since late in the 2009 season that JHU has held consecutive opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense. The 268 yards Muhlenberg generated (Sept. 24) are the most JHU has allowed this season.
Road Warriors: JHU is 21-6 on the road since the start of the 2007 season and 43-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 77-28 (.733) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 83-31 (.728) since the start of the 2001 season and 88-36 (.710) 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 completed in 2009, 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 68-19 (.782) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins earned a share of its sixth Centennial Conference title since 2002 last season as JHU posted a 7-2 CC mark and shared the title with Muhlenberg and Ursinus.
ECAC South Atlantic Champions: The Blue Jays grabbed their fourth ECAC title since 2002 with a 44-14 victory over Lebanon Valley in the 2010 South Atlantic Bowl. JHU has won four of the five ECAC Bowls its has played in since 2002 (these are the only ECAC Bowls JHU has ever played).
A Grand Victory: In addition to keeping themselves alive in the race for a share of the Centennial Conference title, JHU's win at Franklin & Marshall on November 6, 2010 will also go down in the record books as a victory in the 1,000th game in school history. JHU closed the 2010 season with an all-time record of 471-473-58 (.499).
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