Sept. 25, 2013
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg kept the scoreboard operators busy last week in the Lehigh Valley as both teams topped the 50-point mark.
The Blue Jays topped host Moravian, 52-14, on the strength of a 45-0 run to open the game. The Mules went one better as they pitched a 58-0 shutout against visiting McDaniel to set up this week's showdown.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 13th in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and 16th in this week's D3football.com Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the AFCA Poll to reflect the team's official ranking at the time of a game.
Countdown to 500: Johns Hopkins moved to within six wins of victory number 500 as the Blue Jays improved their all-time record to 494-476-58 (.509) with last week's victory at Moravian. JHU is bidding to become the fourth Centennial Conference team to reach the 500-win mark (F&M-591, Gettysburg-548, McDaniel-515).
Series History: This week's game will be the 46th all-time meeting between Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg with MC holding a slight 23-21-1 advantage. JHU has currently won two straight and three of four against the Mules. A complete series history can be found on page 2.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins picked up its 14th straight regular season home victory with the 24-7 win against Susquehanna on September 14. The Blue Jays last lost a regular season home game on October 2, 2010 against Muhlenberg (30-27). That remains the only regular season home loss for the seniors on the 2013 team. Overall, the current seniors are 16-2 in the home blacks.
Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins has been nearly as strong on the road in recent years as it has been at home. Dating back to late in the 2010 season, the Blue Jays are 13-1 in their last 14 regular season road games. Taking it back farther, JHU is 25-6 (.806) on the road since the start of the 2008 season (regular season and post-season games included).
Sweet September: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Muhlenberg having won 14 straight and 17 of its last 18 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 18 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.
More September: Johns Hopkins has not lost a home game in the month of September since September 22, 2007, when Moravian escaped Homewood with a 44-41 victory. Since then the Blue Jays have won 10 straight at home in September.
Move Those Chains-I: Johns Hopkins currently leads the nation with 95 first downs through three games. JHU rang up 35 in the season-opening win at Randolph-Macon, added 29 against Susquehanna and 31 at Moravian. JHU's 95 first downs are the most ever in a three-game span in school history.
Move Those Chains-II: The 35 first downs JHU accumulated vs. Randolph-Macon are the third-highest total in school history - the top three totals have come in JHU's last 20 games dating back to 2011. The school-record of 40 first downs came last season against Moravian. The 40 first downs vs. the Greyhounds last season are one shy of the NCAA Division III record.
Bidding for 4-0: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 for the third straight year with last week's win at Moravian. A win this week against Muhlenberg would give the Blue Jays a 4-0 start for the third straight year and the sixth time under head coach Jim Margraff (2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012).
Under Pressure: The Johns Hopkins defense has been dialing up the pressure in the early season as the Blue Jays have racked up 15 sacks and 29 tackles for losses through three games. JHU ranks sixth in the nation in sacks per game (5.0) and 18th in tackles for losses per game (9.7).
Junior Michael Longo counts team highs of 3.5 sacks and 4.5 TFLs to his credit, while Andy Laychur has three sacks to his credit as well. In all, 11 different players have been in on at least one sack and 18 different players have at least one tackle for a loss.
Double Your Pleasure: Johns Hopkins has rushed and passed for more than 200 yards in all three of its games this season. This is the first time in school history JHU has rushed and passed for more than 200 yards in three consecutive game.
Closing on 1,000 - Part I: Senior JD Abbott continues to close in on 1,000 career rushing yards as he totaled 50 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in last week's win at Moravian. His 50-yard effort moved his career rushing total to 967 yards and he will become the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards with 33 more.
Closing on 1,000 - Part II: Although not quite as close to 1,000 receiving yards as JD Abbott is to 1,000 rushing yards, senior Bob D'Orazio is within striking distance of becoming the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards. D'Orazio currently has 70 career receptions for 888 yards entering this week's game against Muhlenberg.
Closing on 4,000: Senior quarterback Robbie Matey played only the first half last week at Moravian and helped JHU to a 38-0 halftime lead. He also moved closer to becoming the sixth player in school history to amass 4,000 career passing yards. Matey's 127 yards last week improved his career total to 3,758 yards, which is good for seventh on JHU's career passing yardage list. More importantly, Matey improved to 15-2 as Johns Hopkins' starting quarterback.
Many Happy Returns: The Johns Hopkins return game has gotten a boost with the arrival of freshmen Bradley Munday and Adrian Trammell. Munday is averaging 16.6 yards on his five punt returns this season, which ranks him 11th nationally, while Trammell is averaging 25.2 yards on his five kickoff returns through three games. Munday had four punt returns for 67 yards against Susquehanna and ranks 11th in the nation - and first among freshmen - with his 16.8 yards per return average.
For Starters: Freshman place-kicker Nick Campbell has enjoyed a productive beginning to his career through three games. Campbell was good on all five of his extra-point attempts and nailed a 26-yard third-quarter field goal in the win at Randolph-Macon and came back to hit all three of his extra points and a 21-yard field goal against Susquehanna. Last week at Moravian he hit all six of his extra points and a 27-yard field goal. He is now 14-for-14 on extra points and three-for-three on field goals.
Carbone Continues Improvement: Senior Richie Carbone has been forced to punt just eight times through three games, but he has again shown improvement in his average this season. After averaging 34.5 yards as a sophomore, he bumped that up nearly two yards per attempt last season to 36.6 yards on 34 punts. Through three games this season he is averaging 39.9 yards per punt - a mark that ranks him second in the Centennial Conference.
Carbone is also a member of the Blue Jay baseball team and helped JHU to the Centennial Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional last spring. He played in 26 games with 19 starts in the outfield and also had four relief appearances on the mound as well.
JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record in 2012 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only three times previously - 2003, 2009 & 2011 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins nine times in the last 11 years.
Margraff Ranks Second on State Victory Chart: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff sports a career record of 160-81-3 (.660) entering this week's game against Muhlenberg. He is just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 160 career games. Only Morgan State's Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games from 1929-59, has won more games as the head football coach at a college or university in the state of Maryland than Margraff.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport an 94-31 (.752) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 100-34 (.746) since the start of the 2001 season and 105-39 (.729) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 85-21 (.802) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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