|Johns Hopkins-Frostburg St. Game Information|
|Game Date | Time||November 24, 2018 | 12 pm|
|Location | Venue||Frostburg, MD | Bobcat Stadium|
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (10-1) heads to Frostburg St. (10-0) for the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Playoffs. Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium is set for 12 pm on Saturday, November 24.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it nine straight in the win column as the Blue Jays topped MIT, 49-0, in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs last Saturday at Homewood Field.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 13th in the AFCA Division III Poll. Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, Johns Hopkins has now appeared in the top 25 of the AFCA Poll 77 times in 79 weeks.
In addition to the #13 ranking from the AFCA, Johns Hopkins is also ranked 14th in the D3football.com Poll. Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, the Blue Jays have now appeared in the top 25 of the D3football.com poll 82 times in 90 weeks.
Johns Hopkins also ranked second in the final official NCAA South Region rankings.
How They Got Here: Johns Hopkins earned the Centennial Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs (a Pool A bid) and advanced to the second round with last week's 49-0 win over MIT.
Frostburg earned the New Jersey Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs (also a Pool A bid) and topped Western New England, 42-24, in the first round.
Did You Know: Johns Hopkins was 2-0 in the regular season against teams still alive in the 2018 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs (wins against Randolph-Macon & Muhlenberg). The other 15 teams still alive combined for exactly two regular season wins against teams still alive in the playoffs.
Playoff Bound: Johns Hopkins is making its eighth straight trip to the NCAAs, its ninth in 10 years and 10th overall. All 10 appearances have come since 2005.
Back Where it Began: Saturday's game at Frostburg St. will be played 16 years and one day to the date of the last time Johns Hopkins and Frostburg last met. The significance of that game? The game was the first post-season game in Johns Hopkins football history. The Blue Jays topped the Bobcats, 24-21, on November 23, 2002 in the ECAC Southwest Championship game.
That was the first of 21 post-season games to-date in Johns Hopkins history. The Blue Jays are 11-10 overall in the post-season, including 7-9 in the NCAA Playoffs and 4-1 in ECAC Bowl Games.
Third Longest Streak: Johns Hopkins' eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament rank as the third-longest active streak in the nation. Only Mount Union (27) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (17) have currently made more consecutive appearances than Johns Hopkins.
What's Next: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Frostburg St. second round game will play the winner of the second round game between Brockport and RPI. That quarterfinal game will be played on Saturday, December 1 (noon). The location will be announced on Sunday, November 25.
Nine in a Row: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to nine games with last week's 49-0 win against MIT.
This marks the eighth time since Jim Margraff took over as the head coach at Johns Hopkins (1990) that the Blue Jays have had a winning streak of nine games or longer. Prior to Margraff's arrival, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a row (in one season or even bridging two seasons).
Blue Jays Top 500: Johns Hopkins' 49-point outburst against MIT last week pushed the Blue Jays' season scoring total to 526 points, a mark that ranks second in school history. The Blue Jays scored a school-record 548 points in 2015 (12 games) to account for the only other season in school history in which Johns Hopkins has scored 500 or more points.
Among the National Leaders: Entering this week's game against Frostburg St., Johns Hopkins ranks first in the nation in total offense (560.8), fourth in passing offense (354.1) and sixth in scoring offense (47.8). The Blue Jays also rank fourth in third-down percentage (.529) and the 296 first downs JHU has accumulated are the third most of any team in the nation.
Six in 132, Eight in 22: In the first 132 seasons of Johns Hopkins football, the Blue Jays had six games of 600+ yards of total offense. In the last 22 games, the Blue Jays have topped the 600-yard mark eight times.
Blue Jays Tie Touchdown Record: Johns Hopkins' seven touchdowns in last week's 49-0 win against MIT boost the Jays' total number of touchdowns on the year to 75. That ties the school single-season record for touchdowns - the 2015 team also scored 75.
Balanced Scoring: Johns Hopkins' 75 touchdowns this season are split nearly even as the Blue Jays count 37 rushing touchdowns and 35 passing touchdowns on the year (JHU also scored once each on a blocked punt return, interception and fumble return). Only once previously (2015) has JHU scored 35 or more touchdowns on the ground and through the air (the 2015 team had 38 rushing TDs and 36 passing TDs).
More, Firsts and Records: In addition to the records noted above, the Blue Jays have left a mark in a number of other places in the record book. Below are several additional notes of interest about the Blue Jay offense:
- The Blue Jays rolled up 428 yards passing and 252 yards rushing in the win at Moravian. That marked the first time in school history that the Blue Jays have totaled more than 400 yards passing and 250 yards rushing in the same game. After never having turned the 400/250 trick in 133 seasons (plus two games), the Blue Jays did it twice in three weeks as they followed up the effort at Moravian with a 405-yard passing, 262-yard rushing performance against Ursinus.
- The 33 points Johns Hopkins scored in the second quarter and the 46 points the Blue Jays rolled up in the first half against Dickinson are the second best totals in a quarter and half in school history.
- JHU led Dickinson 46-0 at the half on September 22. The 46-point halftime margin is the largest in school history. Previously, the largest lead the Blue Jays held at halftime was 42 (49-7 lead at McDaniel in 2017).
- Johns Hopkins has scored 40 or more points nine times this season; that ties the school record for most 40-point games in a season (2016).
Big Plays: Through 11 games, the Johns Hopkins offense has 89 plays of 20 yards or longer (an average of 8.1 such plays per game) and 230 plays of 10 yards or longer (20.9 such plays per game). Note that this includes offensive plays only (rushing and passing plays).
Twice in Three Weeks: Johns Hopkins notched its second shutout of the season with the 49-0 win against MIT in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs. That gives the Blue Jays two shutouts in the same season for the first time since 2011.
Seven or Less Under Rehring: Since Mickey Rehring took over as the Blue Jay defensive coordinator in 2013, Johns Hopkins has held the opposition to seven points or less 16 times - including the three-point performance by Moravian on September 15, the six-point effort by Ursinus a week later, the shutout at Juniata on November 3 and the shutout against MIT last week.
82 in 9: After allowing an average of 34 points per game in the first two games, the Blue Jay defense has worked its way into form and has allowed a total of just 82 points in the last nine games - all Blue Jay victories.
Walters Breaks TD Records: Senior running back Stuart Walters tied the Johns Hopkins record for career touchdowns with his 51st in the 27-16 win over Muhlenberg and took the top spot to himself with three in the regular-season-ending win against McDaniel. He added one rushing touchdown against MIT to take over the top spot on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list as well (45).
Block Party: Johns Hopkins has blocked a total of eight kicks on the year. That ties the Blue Jays for sixth in the nation entering this week's game against Frostburg St.
Number Four: Johns Hopkins boasts a 62-7 record since the start of the 2013 season. The Blue Jays' .899 winning percentage over that time ranks fourth among Division III teams. In order, the top five teams in the nation in winning percentage since the start of the 2013 season (with records included):
1. Mount Union (81-4) .953
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (75-5) .938
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater (71-6) .922
4. Johns Hopkins (62-7) .899
5. St. Thomas (MN) (61-11) .847
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 81-3 in its last 84 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 86-10 in its last 96 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 153-38 (.801) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 159-41 (.795) since the start of the 2001 season and 164-46 (.781) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
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