Oct. 28, 2008
The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-2, 3-2 Centennial) returns from its bye week with a home game against Juniata (1-7, 1-5 CC). This is the first trip to Homewood Field for the Eagles since 1929.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its fifth win of the season with a 14-0 victory at Ursinus on October 18. The Blue Jays scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and posted their first shutout since a 14-0 victory over Gettysburg on October 14, 2005.
The Eagles led Moravian 14-7 in the closing minutes, but surrendered a late touchdown and fell 23-17 in triple overtime last Saturday.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff `82, who is in his 19th season as the head coach at Homewood. Margraff is JHU's all-time leader in games won (116) and coached (190) and he enters this week's game with a career record of 116-71-3 (.618).
Darrell Alt is now in his fifth season as the head coach at Juniata and enters this week's game with a record of 5-43 since taking over. A 1994 graduate of Lafayette, Alt helped the Eagles to their first-ever Centennial Conference victory on October 4 as Juniata posted a 12-10 victory over McDaniel.
Margraff Joins Exclusive Company: Not only was the win over Ursinus the 116th of head coach Jim Margraff's career, but it was also the 75th all-time Centennial Conference victory for Margraff. He is just the third coach in CC history to win 75 league games as he joins Gettysburg's Barry Streeter (83) and F&M's Tom Gilburg (77).
Captain, My Captain: In a vote of his teammates, junior running back Andrew Kase was selected to serve as the team captain for the Blue Jays this season. According to records in the Johns Hopkins Sports Information Office, he is the first player to serve as a solo captain for the Blue Jay football team since 1983 (Francis Mullan).
On This Date: This week's game against Juniata wil be the 15th the Blue Jays have played on November 1. Johns Hopkins won three of its first four all-time games on November 1, but then dropped six of its next seven played on this date. JHU posted a 49-10 victory over Ursinus in its last game played on this date (2003) and currently sports a 6-8 all-time record in games played on November 1.
Road Warriors: With the 14-0 win at Ursinus on October 18, the Blue Jays improved to 3-1 this season and 7-2 since the start of the 2007 season on the road. JHU is 29-11 on the road since the start of the 2001 season and 17-7 in away league games since the start of the `01 season.
Pitching a Shutout: The 14-0 shutout victory at Ursinus was JHU's first shutout since October 14, 2005, when the Blue Jays knocked off Gettysburg, 14-0. It was also JHU's first shutout on the road since a 30-0 victory at Dickinson on October 4, 2003 and its was the Blue Jays' 16th shutout since head coach Jim Margraff took over in 1990.
That's a Blue Jay First Down: In rolling up 497 yards of total offense against Gettysburg the Blue Jays also set a school record for first downs in a game. JHU's 31 first downs against the Bullets topped the previous record of 30 set against then third-ranked Bridgetwater in 2001.
Offense Rolls Past 400 - Again: Johns Hopkins rolled up 511 yards of total offense against 5th-ranked Muhlenberg on October 4 and added 477 a week later against Dickinson. This marks the first time JHU has topped 400 yards of total offense in back-to-back games since early in the 2004 season (Rochester and Kean). The Blue Jays are averaging 426.5 yards per game in their last six games and currently rank 4th in the Centennial Conference in total offense (381.7), 5th in rushing offense (173.7) and 2nd in pass offense (208.0).
Scoring Surge: Johns Hopkins ranks third in the Centennial Conference in scoring offense (29.3) with 205 points scored through seven games (just seven points shy of last season's 10-game total of 212).
Johns Hopkins has averaged 30 or more points per game just twice in school history (1967 36.4 / 1968 34.0). The school record for total points scored in a season is 315 (2003).
November Reign: Johns Hopkins has played some of its best football of the Jim Margraff era in the month of November. Dating back to 2001 the Blue Jays are 16-3 in games played in the month of November. Johns Hopkins did not lose a game in the month of November from 2001 through 2004 and last season's 19-11 loss to Franklin & Marshall was the Blue Jays' first home loss in the month of November since the final game of the 2000 season. Johns Hopkins is 28-15-1 under Margraff's guidance in games played in November.
Octoberfest: With two wins in three games in October, Johns Hopkins is 19-12 in the month of October since the start of the 2001 season and 44-34-1 all-time under head coach Jim Margraff in October.
Streaking: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 50-21 (.704) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 56-24 (.700) since the start of the 2001 season and 61-29 (.678) since the beginning of the 2000 season. The 61 wins the Blue Jays have amassed this decade are already the most wins in a decade in school history. The previous record of 55 wins came in the 1990s.
Must be the Speech: Johns Hopkins has played some of its best football in the third quarter of its games this season as the Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 56-17 in the third period. Prior to Muhlenberg and Dickinson both scoring touchdowns in the third period, the Blue Jays had gone eight games without allowing a touchdown in the third quarter.
In the last 11 games dating back to last season, the Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 87-17 in the third quarter.
Working Overtime: The 39-31 triple overtime win at Randolph-Macon was JHU's first overtime game since a 21-14 win at Washington & Lee in the 2002 season-opener (one overtime period). The Blue Jays are now 2-2 all-time in overtime and all four extra-session games the Blue Jays have played in their history have been on the road.
In the Zone: Johns Hopkins has converted on 20-of-25 (.800) chances in the red zone this season. The Blue Jays currently rank second in the Centennial Conference in red zone offense.
The success in the red zone for the Blue Jays extends back to last season, when Hopkins finished the year 25-of-27 (92.6%) on the year with 17 touchdowns and eight field goals to their credit. Since the start of the 2007 season Johns Hopkins has 32 touchdowns and 13 field goals on 52 trips to the `zone.
Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 41-14 when scoring more than seven points and 0-5 when they have been held to seven points or less.
Statistical Youth: Through seven games the Blue Jays have rushed the ball 275 times (does not include kneel-downs) and have 119 receptions. Of the 394 offensive touches, exactly one (a three-yard reception) has been by a senior. In other words, 99.9% of JHUs total offense (2,669 of 2,672 yards) has been accumulated by players who will return next season.
Note of the Day: For the first time in school history, Johns Hopkins had two players with 100 yards receiving (Wernick-205, Michels-108), a 100-yard rusher (Kase-128) and a 300-yard passer (Tomlin-387) as the quartet turned the trick against Muhlenberg.
It's All Academic: Johns Hopkins has earned 26 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections since 2003. JHU's 26 selections in that time are more than the other CC football-playing schools combined (22). Taking it back even farther, Johns Hopkins has earned 52 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections since 1991. During that time the other CC football-playing schools have combined for exactly 52 selections as well. Johns Hopkins has had at least three players earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors every year since 2001.
Additional Information and Player Notes of Interest Available in PDF Version