Nov. 18, 2009
The Game: Johns Hopkins opens play in the 2009 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs as the Blue Jays (8-2) travel to Hampden-Sydney (10-0). The Blue Jays are the number six seed in the South Region, while the Tigers are seeded third.
How They Got Here: Johns Hopkins earned its second all-time trip to the NCAA Playoffs by winning the Centennial Conference Championship. The Blue Jays posted a 7-1 record in league play to claim their fifth CC title since 2002 and second outright championship. JHU clinched the title with a 38-14 win at McDaniel in the regular season finale.
Hampden-Sydney rolled through the Old Domion Athletic Conference with a 6-0 league mark and a 10-0 overall record. The ODAC title is the sixth for the Tigers, who are hosting their first-ever playoff game and making their third trip to the NCAAs. HSC clinched its ODAC title with a 34-27 win at Randolph-Macon last Saturday.
Where They'll Go From Here: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Hampden-Sydned game will play the winner of the Thomas More-DePauw game in the second round. Thomas More will host that game if it wins. The winner of the JHU-HSC game will host that game if DePauw wins.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff `82, who is in his 20th season as the head coach at Homewood. Margraff is JHU's all-time leader in games won (127) and coached (204) and enters this week's game with a career record of 127-74-3 (.630). He has more than twice as many wins as any other coach in school history (Ray Van Orman is second with 60 wins) and stands alone with Morgan State's Eddie Hurt as the only college football coaches in Maryland state history to win 125 or more games. Hurt won 174 games from 1929-59.
Hampden-Sydney is coached by Marty Favret, who enters this week's game against Johns Hopkins with an all-time record of 72-29 (.713) in 10 seasons as the head coach of the Tigers. Favret has guided the Tigers to a pair of ODAC Championships (2007, 2009) and two trips to the NCAAs (2007, 2009).
Captain, My Captain: In a vote of the returning players on the 2009 team, seniors Andrew Kase, Tim Miller, Glenn Rocca and Colin Wixted were selected as captains for the season. Kase is in his second season as a captain, while this is the first year as a captain for Miller, Rocca and Wixted.
Post-Season History: Johns Hopkins is making its sixth post-season appearance since 2002 and second trip to the NCAA Playoffs. The Blue Jays are 3-2 all-time in the post-season, including 3-1 in ECAC Bowl Games and an 0-1 in the NCAAs. JHU dropped its only previous NCAA Playoff game at Thiel, 28-3, in 2005. The six post-season appearances since 2002 represent all six post-season games in school history. Below is a look at JHU's all-time post-season results:
2002 - @ Frostburg St. - W/24-21 - ECAC Southwest Championship Game
2003 - King's (PA) - W/41-13 - ECAC South Atlantic Championship Game
2004 - Waynesburg - W/26-23 - ECAC Southeast Championship Game
2005 - @ Thiel - L/3-28 - NCAA 1st Round
2008 - Catholic - L/17-18 - ECAC Southwest Championship Game
What They Have in Common: Johns Hopkins and Hampden-Sydney had two common opponents this season in Gettysburg and Randolph-Macon. Both were 2-0 against the Bullets and Yellow Jackets. Below is a look at the results of each team in those two games:
Opponent - JHU Result - HSC Result
Gettysburg - W/41-23 - W/46-43 (OT)
Randolph-Macon - W/35-31 - W/34-27
Against the ODAC: Since starting a series against Bridgewater in 1996, the Blue Jays have played 25 games against teams from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Blue Jays are 17-8 in those 25 games after knocking off Randolph-Macon (35-31) earlier this season.
Prior to beginning the series with Bridgewater in 1996, the Blue Jays had not played a game against a school from the ODAC since 1970, when they finished a series with Hampden-Sydney. This does not include a three-game series against Catholic from 1988-1990 (currently a member of the ODAC, but not a member at the time of the three games against JHU).
Johns Hopkins vs. the ODAC (Since 1996)
Bridgewater / 3-3
Catholic / 0-1
Hampden-Sydney / 3-1
Randolph-Macon / 5-2
Washington & Lee / 6-1
Win Number 125 ...: The win against Juniata was the 125th victory for Jim Margraff as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. In just 20 seasons, Margraff has accounted for more than 27% of the all-time victories in school history (127 of 461/.275).
Road Warriors: The Blue Jays posted a 4-1 record on the road in 2008 and 2009 and JHU is 12-3 since the start of the 2007 season on the road. JHU is 34-12 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
November Reign: Johns Hopkins is 2-0 this season in games played in the month of November and 21-4 in the month of November since 2001. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 33-16-1 under head coach Jim Margraff in the month of November.
Blue Jays Break Scoring Record: Johns Hopkins enters this week's NCAA Playoff game at Hampden-Sydney having scored a school-record 334 points. The previous record of 315 was set in 2003 and this is just the third time Johns Hopkins has ever scored 300 or more points in a season.
In addition, JHU's current scoring average of 33.4 points per game ranks as the third-highest single-season average in school history. Only twice (1967, 1968) has Johns Hopkins averaged 30 or more points in a season.
38 Special: Johns Hopkins has scored 38 or more points in each of its last three games (58 @ Juniata, 51 vs. Franklin & Marshall and 38 @ McDaniel). This marks the first time in school history that JHU has scored 38 or more points in three straight games.
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