Oct. 11, 2011
The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-0, 4-0 Centennial) opens the second half of the 2011 season as the Blue Jays welcome Dickinson (2-3, 2-2 CC) to Homewood Field for a Friday night battle under the lights.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Centennial Conference with a 34-0 victory at Juniata on October 1. Dickinson staged a dramatic second-half rally to knock off Franklin & Marshall, 31-24, on that same day. The Devils trailed 21-0 at the half, but rallied to outscore the Diplomats 34-3 in the second half.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff, who is now in his 22nd year as the head coach at JHU and sports a 142-78-3 (.643) 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 (96). Dickinson is led by Darwin Breaux, who is in his 19th season as the head coach of the Red Devils and sports a 115-74-1 record. He ranks third all-time in Centennial Conference history in league victories (81).
Friday Night Lights: Johns Hopkins has regularly played a home game on a Friday night since 1982. Since then, JHU has compiled a record of 28-13-1 (.679) at home on Friday nights, including a 24-9-1 (.721) record under current head coach Jim Margraff. This week’s game vs. Dickinson will be the fourth the Blue Jays have played against the Red Devils under the lights at Homewood. JHU has won two of the previous three Friday night tilts against DC, including last season’s 44-10 verdict in early October.
These are the Facts: The win against Juniata improved JHU’s all-time record to 476-473-58 (.501). This is the first time since 1912 that JHU’s all-time winning percentage has been above .500.
About the 5-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 5-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the sixth time in school history. Previously, JHU won its first five games in 1892 (started 7-0), 1931 (6-0), 2002 (5-0), 2003 (7-0), 2005 (7-0).
Streaking: Johns Hopkins closed the 2010 season with five straight wins and has run that streak to 10 with five wins to open the 2011 season. JHU has outscored the opposition 402-95 during the winning streak, the longest by JHU since the Blue Jays won 11 straight games from late in the 2004 season through late in the 2005 season. That 11-game run matched the school-record 11-game winning streak JHU had from 2002-03.
More Steaking: JHU’s 10-game winning streak is the second-longest active Division III streak in the nation. Two-time defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater has currently won 34 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 35-game run is the longest, while Stanford currently has a 13-game run. There are five teams, including Johns Hopkins and Oklahoma, that currently have a 10-game winning streak.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 15th in this week’s AFCA Poll and has been ranked in the top 25 in each of the four weeks since the poll debuted for the 2011 season. The Blue Jays opened at #23 on September 19 before moving up to 20th and then 16th last week.
Johns Hopkins is also ranked 20th 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 debuted at number eight (8) in this week’s Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll. 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.
Offense Rolling: Johns Hopkins’ streak of consecutive games scoring 40 or more points (4) and consecutive games with 400 or more yards of total offense (8) both came to an end against Muhlenberg, but that doesn’t mean JHU doesn’t still have one of the most potent offenses in the Centennial Conference. The Blue Jays rank either first or second in the Centennial Conference in every major statistical category. Entering this week’s game vs. Dickinson, JHU ranks first in passing offense (284.0) and second in scoring offense (40.6), rushing offense (174.0) and total offense (458.0).
More Offense: In addition to ranking first or second in the Centennial in every major statistical category, the Blue Jays also rank 20th in the nation in total offense (458.0), 14th in scoring offense (40.6) and 23rd in passing offense (284.0).
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.
Six Shooters: Johns Hopkins scored exactly six offensive touchdowns in each of its first three games this seson. JHU got six touchdown passes from senior Hewitt Tomlin in the season-opener against Merchant Marine and came back with six rushing TDs vs. Susquehanna. Against Moravian it was an even split with three TDs via the pass and three more via the run. JHU scored four touchdowns against Muhlenberg and five more against Juniata.
Rigaud, Fazio Fuel Ground Attack: Junior Jonathan Rigaud and senior Nick Fazio are leading a ground game that is averaging 174.0 yards and just under three touchdowns per game.
Rigaud has rushed for 409 yards on 67 carries (6.1 yards/rush) and ranks fifth in the CC at 81.8 yards per game. He also counts six rushing TDs to his credit and recently became the 22nd player in school history to top 1,000 career rushing yards (1,084). 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 143 yards on 37 carries with four touchdowns. His scoring run against Muhlenberg was the 16th of his career, which ranks him 10th on JHU’s career rushing touchdowns list.
Balanced Receiving Tough to Contain: There are currently nine players in the Centennial Conference with 20 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 leads the team with 32 receptions for 245 yards and three scores, while sophomore Dan Wodicka counts 28 receptions on the year with his going for 451 yards and four scores. Wernick ranks third in the CC in receptions per game (6.4), while Wodicka is tied for fifth in receptions (5.6) fourth in receiving yards (90.2).
The third of JHU’s three primary receivers is junior Scott Cremens, who counts 23 receptions for 291 yards and four TDs to his credit on the year. He ranks 10th in the Centennial in both receptions per game (4.6) and receiving yards per game (58.2). In all, 15 different players have at least one reception for the Blue Jays thus far and eight of those 15 players have at least five receptions to their credit.
Matey Leads JHU Past Muhlenberg, Juniata: With senior Hewitt Tomlin held out of the last two games 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.
Tomlin Continues Assault on JHU, Centennial Record Books: Senior Hewitt Tomlin continued to assault the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record books with his performances in the first three games of the 2011 season. He has not played in the last two games.
In addition to tying the JHU single-game record for touchdown passes (6) against USMMA, he also moved out of a tie with current JHU head coach Jim Margraff for first place on JHU’s career touchdown passes list. He also became the first player in school history to top 8,000 career passing yards and 8,000 yards of total offense. His 19 consecutive completions vs. Merchant Marine are also a Johns Hopkins record, as are his 17 completions in one quarter (3rd / 17-of-17) vs. USMMA.
Tomlin did have his school-record streak of consecutive 300-yard passing games snapped at USMMA with his 297-yard effort. He did not play the final 13 minutes of the game after the Blue Jays had taken control in the third quarter.
Tomlin is 65-of-98 for 773 yards with nine TDs against just one INT on the year. For his career, Tomlin is 691-of-1,139 for 8,571 yards and 59 TDs. All of those marks are school records, as are his 26 career 200-yard games, nine career 300-yard games and 8,764 yards of total offense.
Tomlin is already the Centennial Conference’s career leader in passing yards and attempts and ranks second in total offense. He needs 311 yards of total offense to pass Gettysburg’s Matt Flynn (2006-09) for first place in CC history in career total offense.
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 Top Tackle Chart: Juniors Taylor Maciow and Adam Schweyer and senior Kale Sweeney currently sit at the top of the tackle charts for the Blue Jays.
Maciow, who has been named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll after each of the last three wins for JHU, counts a team-high 29 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three pass breakups to his credit to lead the way, while Sweeney ranks second in tackles (26) and also has 3.5 tackles for loss. Schweyer’s 23 tackles rank third on the team, while his 14 solo stops rank first.
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 (7.6), total defense (177.0), passing defense (93.6) and rushing defense (83.4).
• 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 (61.03 rating) and passing yards allowed per game (93.6) and ranks third in the nation in total defense and fourth in scoring defense.
• The Blue Jays’ first five opponents have had 69 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. Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 26 of its last 30 games.
• JHU has forced at least one turnover in 31 of its last 32 games.
• JHU has at least one interception in 28 of the last 31 games.
• JHU is allowing an average of 3.0 yards per play. Muhlenberg ranks second in the CC in yards allowed per play (4.4).
• 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 76-28 (.731) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 82-31 (.726) since the start of the 2001 season and 87-36 (.707) 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 67-19 (.779) 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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