Nov. 6, 2008
The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-2, 4-2 Centennial) hits the road for the final time in the 2008 season as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to take on Franklin & Marshall (4-4, 3-3 Centennial).
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins posted its second straight shutout as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Juniata, 12-0, at Homewood Field last Saturday. The back-to-back shutouts are the first for Johns Hopkins since 2003.
Franklin & Marshall picked up a shutout of its own as the Diplomats snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-0 victory over McDaniel last Saturday. It was F&M's third shutout of the season.
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 (117) and coached (191) and he enters this week's game with a career record of 117-71-3 (.618).
John Troxell is now in his third season as the head coach at Franklin & Marshall. The 1994 Lafayette graduate sports an 11-17 overall record at F&M, although the Diplomats are 7-4 in their last 11 games dating back to last season.
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). Including last week's win against Juniata, Margraff is now 76-49-2 all-time in Centennial Conference games.
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 Franklin & Marshall wil be the 15th the Blue Jays have played on November 8. Johns Hopkins currently boasts a 7-6-1 all-time record in games played on November 8 and has won five of its last seven games played on this date.
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
More Shutouts: The Blue Jays' 12-0 shutout against Juniata last week marked the first time since 2003 that Hopkins has posted back-to-back shutouts as the blanking of the Eagles followed the shutout of Ursinus. JHU actually posted three straight shutouts in 2003.
A Program First: The 14-0 win at Ursinus and the 12-0 win against Juniata mark the first time in school hhistory that Johns Hopkins has posted back-to-back shutouts against Centennial Conference opponents (league formed in 1983).
Margraff's Shutouts: The 12-0 win last week against Juniata was the Blue Jays' 17th 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 481 yards in last week's win against Juniata. This marks the fourth time this season the Blue Jays have topped the 400-yard mark as they previously turned the trick against Gettysburg (497), Muhlenberg (511) and Dickinson (477).
The Blue Jays are averaging 434.3 yards per game in their last seven games and currently rank 3rd in the Centennial Conference in total offense (394.1), 5th in rushing offense (180.5) and 2nd in passing offense (213.6).
Scoring Surge: Johns Hopkins ranks third in the Centennial Conference in scoring offense (27.1) with 217 points scored through eight games (this is five points more than Hopkins totaled in 10 games last season).
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 17-3 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 29-15-1 under Margraff's guidance in games played in November.
Streaking: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 51-21 (.718) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 57-24 (.704) since the start of the 2001 season and 62-29 (.681) since the beginning of the 2000 season. The 62 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 62-17 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 12 games dating back to last season, the Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 93-17 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 21-of-29 (.724) chances in the red zone this season. The Blue Jays currently rank third 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 33 touchdowns and 13 field goals on 56 trips to the `zone.
Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 42-14 when scoring more than seven points and 0-5 when they have been held to seven points or less.
Statistical Youth: Through eight games the Blue Jays have rushed the ball 315 times (does not include kneel-downs) and have 139 receptions. Of the 454 offensive touches, exactly one (a three-yard reception) has been by a senior. In other words, 99.9% of JHUs total offense (3,150 of 3,153 yards) has been accumulated by players who will return next season.
Note of the Day: Johns Hopkins totaled 228 yards rushing and 253 yards passing in last week's win over Juniata. This marks the second time this season the Blue Jays have totaled more than 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game (Gettysburg). This was also the 10th time the Blue Jays have turned the trick under head coach Jim Margraff (the Blue Jays have won eight of the 10 games).
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