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Johns Hopkins-Muhlenberg Football Notes

Ben Gaal (73) and the Blue Jays travel to Allentown to take on Muhlenberg on Saturday at 2 pm.
Oct. 27, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Muhlenberg Game Information
Game Date | Time October 28, 2017 | 2 pm
Location | Venue Allentown, PA | Scotty Wood Stadium
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The Game: For the third time this season, Johns Hopkins heads to Pennsylvania as the Blue Jays (6-1, 5-1 CC) travel to Muhlenberg (5-2, 4-2 CC) for a key late-season Centennial Conference game against the Mules.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins rolled past Gettysburg, 52-0, last Friday night in its first game after the bye week. Muhlenberg had an equally-impressive victory as the Mules went on the road and topped McDaniel, 40-13.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 21st in this week's AFCA Poll and 24th in the Poll. Muhlenberg is not ranked in either poll.

Post-Bye: With last week's 52-0 victory against Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins won has now won its first game after the bye week in each of the last 10 years. The Blue Jays have scored 34 or more points in nine of the 10, 42 or more in eight of the 10 and only one of the ten has been decided by less than 21 points.

About the Shutout: Last week's 52-0 victory against Gettysburg was ...

- JHU's first shutout since 2012 and the first under current defensive coordinator Mickey Rehring.
- The 22nd for Johns Hopkins under head coach Jim Margraff.
- JHU's largest margin of victory in a shutout since topping Swarthmore 73-0 in 1997.
- JHU's second all-time shutout against Gettysburg (14-0 in 2005).

Flipping to October: The calendar flipped to October prior to the Blue Jays' game against F&M and the second month of the season has been kind to the Blue Jays of late. Including the win against Gettysburg last week, Johns Hopkins has won 25 consecutive games in the month of October dating back to a 26-17 loss at Ursinus on October 16, 2010. Ironically, the Blue Jays were just 10-8 in their previous 18 games in the month of October before jump-starting the current 25-game run with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010.

More October: Johns Hopkins has not allowed more than 17 points in a game in October since topping Gettysburg, 49-35, on October 19, 2012.

Close Calls: Since the start of the 2013 season, Johns Hopkins has lost a total of five games. Those five losses have come by five, three, five, seven and four points (including playoff games).

Blue Jay Offense Among Centennial Leaders: The Johns Hopkins offense leads the Centennial Conference in three categories as the Blue Jays rank first in passing yards per game (326.1), total offense (509.1) and scoring (37.4). The Blue Jays also rank third in rushing (183.0) and JHU is the only team in the league averaging more than 250 yards per game passing and 175 yards per game rushing.

600-600: JHU rolled up a season-high 646 yards, including 458 passing and 188 rushing, in the recent win against Franklin & Marshall. The Blue Jays came back with a 607-yard showing against Gettysburg on a balanced effort that included 315 passing yards and 292 rushing yards. This marks just the second time in school history that Johns Hopkins has topped the 600-yard mark in consecutive games. The Blue Jays previously punched up 600+ in back-to-back games in 2011 (632 vs. Dickinson & a school-record 731 @ Gettysburg).

51st 500-Yard Game: Last week's 607-yard showing against Gettysburg marked the 51st time in school history that Johns Hopkins has topped the 500-yard mark; JHU is 50-1 in those 51 games and 39 of the 51 have come since 2008.

A Season-High: Johns Hopkins rushed for a season-high 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win against Gettysburg. The 292 yards rushing are the most for Johns Hopkins since a 324-yard effort against Susquehanna in 2015.

Tammaro Rolling: Sophomore quarterback David Tammaro continues to rank among the Centennial Conference leaders. He leads the league in passing yards (319.0) and total offense (349.2) per game and he ranks third in completion percentage (63.9).
In six games played (he missed the game at Dickinson), Tammaro is 159-of-249 (.639) for 1,914 yards with 14 touchdown passes against just two interception; he's also rushed for 181 yards and five scores.
Tammaro ranks seventh in the nation in passing yards per game (319.0), eighth in total offense (349) and ninth in completions per game (29.2). Tammaro was 32-of-45 for 418 yards and five touchdowns against one interception and had 452 yards of total offense in the recent win against F&M.

Coming up Big: Not only have Johns Hopkins' top receivers - senior Brett Caggiano and junior Luke McFadden - come up with big plays at big times in the first five games of the season - they are big!
Caggiano, who is listed at 6-3, 210 pounds, and McFadden, who goes 6-3, 195, have combined for 81 receptions for 1,314 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games (11.6 receptions/game for an average of 187.8 yards between them). Caggiano had 10 receptions for 97 yards and the game-winning touchdown - an eight-yard reception with 24 seconds remaining - in the win against Susquehanna, added nine receptions for 76 yards against F&M and now has 37 catches for 489 yards and three scores on the year.
McFadden had six catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns against the River Hawks one week after totaling 10 receptions for 141 yards and the game-winning TD in overtime at W&L; he enjoyed one of the finest games of his career against F&M as he totaled nine receptions for 204 yards and one score against the Diplomats and came back with six receptions for 102 yards and a TD against Gettysburg. He now has 44 receptions for 825 yards and seven TDs on the year and ranks ninth in the nation in receiving yards per game (117.9) and eighth in total receiving yards.
McFadden's 80-yard touchdown reception at Dickinson was the longest reception of his career and is the longest by a JHU receiver since Sam Wernick had an 80-yard TD reception against Lebanon Valley in 2010 and his 204 receiving yards against F&M rank as the eighth-best total in school history.

Sack Masters: The Johns Hopkins defense recorded four sacks against Gettysburg, one game after totaling nine sacks in the 45-7 win against F&M. The nine sacks are the most for the Blue Jays since a nine-sack effort against Susquehanna in 2013. Earlier this season the Blue Jays had eight sacks in a win against Susquehanna and now lead the Centennial Conference with 27 sacks in seven games.
Nine different players were in on at least one sack in the victory against the Diplomats with sophomore Mike Kalanik (2.0) and senior Tommy Burke (1.5) leading the way.
In all, 13 different players have been in on at least one sack this season with Kalanik (8.0) and seniors Chris Stauch (3.0) and Lance Hammond (3.0) at the top of the team's sack chart.

Milestone Watch: Entering this week's game against Muhlenberg, a number of Johns Hopkins defensive players are closing in on milestones. Below is a look at some of the milestones within reach or others recently achieved:

Tommy Burke - Notched the 50th tackle of his career against Gettysburg.
Michael Curry - Recorded the 75th tackle of his career against F&M.
Anthony Davidson - Needs 11 tackles to reach 50 for his career.
Keonte Henson - Needs 10 tackles to reach 175 for his career.
Mike Kalanik - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career against Gettysburg.
Robby Johnson - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career against F&M.
Ian Lodge - Needs 12 tackles to reach 75 in his career.
Nick Marinelli - Recorded the 50th tackle of his career at Ursinus.
Michael Munday - Needs one tackle for 100 in his career.
Addison Quinones - Needs eight tackles to reach 125 for his career.
Chris Stauch - Needs five tackles to reach 50 in his career.

Sullivan Tops 200: Senior Jamie Sullivan is now 13-of-18 on field goals and has hit all 31 of his extra points this season. He continues to lead the nation in field goals attempted (18) and made (13) this season.
In his career, Sullivan has now hit 139-of-142 extra points and 31-of-42 field goals to account for 232 points. He is third in school history in career field goals, second in points by a kicker and fourth in overall points scored.
Sullivan tied a Johns Hopkins record with four field goals at Washington & Lee in the season opener as he was good from 21, 44, 21 and 42 yards. His 42-yarder with 22 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.

Did You Know ...
• Ryan Cary's 77 career receptions are the most by a running back in school history.
• Brandon-Hong Dominguez ranks second in the Centennial Conference in punting at 37.8 yards per punt.
• Ryan Hubley's 23 receptions this season are already the most by a JHU freshman since Bradley Munday had 36 in 2013.
Mike Kalanik's 18.0 TFLs are the second-most in school history. Only Brian Cook (21.5 TFLs in 2004) has had more TFLs in a single-season than Kalanik's 18.0 this season.
Patrick Kelly returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Gettysburg. The 95-yard return is tied for the longest in school history; it was the third 95-yard KOR in school history and the first since 1999.
Nick Leongas (62T, 52) and Hogan Irwin (52) have the three longest rushes by Johns Hopkins this season.

One of Four: Johns Hopkins is one of just four teams in the nation to be ranked in the top 25 by the AFCA every week since the start of the 2012 season. The others are Mount Union, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Linfield.

Margraff Holds State Record: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff became the winningest college football coach in Maryland state history with a 42-14 win at Ursinus late in the 2014 season as that gave him 175 career victories, a mark he upped to 206 with the recent win against Gettysburg.
Margraff now sports a career record of 206-86-3 (.703) entering this week's game against Muhlenberg.

First 100, Last 100: It took Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff 158 games to reach career win number 100 (which he secured with a 14-0 victory against Gettysburg in 2005). It took him just 129 games to win his next 100 as career victory number 200 came with a 42-21 victory against Randolph-Macon in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Playoffs.

On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 69-2 in its last 71 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 74-8 in its last 82 games overall since late in the 2010 season.

Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 140-36 (.795) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 146-39 (.789) since the start of the 2001 season and 151-44 (.774) since the beginning of the 2000 season.

At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 42-5 (.894) in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.

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