The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-3, 5-2 Centennial) hits the road for the sixth and final time this season as the Blue Jays make the trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to take on Franklin & Marshall (6-2, 5-2) in a key late-season Centennial Conference game.
The Teams: Johns Hopkins and F&M both enter this week's game riding two-game winning streaks. Johns Hopkins defeated Juniata, 48-0, last Saturday, while the Diplomats rallied past McDaniel, 31-28.
What's at Stake: The winner of the JHU-F&M game will keep alive its hopes of grabbing a share of the Centennial Conference title - the loser is eliminated from the chase.
Johns Hopkins gets a share of the title with a win at F&M and against McDaniel in its regular season finale as long as the winner of this week's game between Muhlenberg and Ursinus loses its final regular season game.
F&M gets a share of the title with wins in its final two regular season games and a loss by the winner of the Muhlenberg-Ursinus game in its final regular season game.
It doesn't appear that Johns Hopkins can get the league's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs. F&M can still grab the bid, but several things have to happen for that to play out.
The Coaches: Johns Hopkins is coached by Jim Margraff, who is in his 21st year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and sports a 134-78-3 (.630) record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and also ranks second all-time in CC history with 90 league victories to his credit. John Troxell is in his fifth season as the head coach at Franklin & Marshall and fashions a 26-23 (.531) record.
JHU to Play 1,000th All-Time Game: This week's game against Franklin & Marshall will be the 1,000th in the history of the Johns Hopkins football program. JHU sports an all-time record of 468-473-58 since playing its first game in 1882.
Noting the 1,000th: As JHU prepares to play the 1,000th game in school history, some things to consider:
• JHU's first win came in 1883 by a score of 2-0 against Navy
• JHU's first winnig season came in 1888, when the Blue Jays posted a 6-5 record. Along the way, JHU defeated Maryland (54-0), Navy (25-12) and Virginia (26-0).
• Johns Hopkins posted a 7-1 record in 1892. The seven wins would stand as the school-record for wins in a season until 2002, when Jim Margraff guided JHU to a 9-2 record. The seven-win season in 1892 was matched in 1948, 1959, 1968, 1981, 1996, 1997 & 1998, but not topped until 2002.
• Jim Margraff played at JHU from 1978-81, served as an assistant in 1982 and has held the position of head coach since 1990. This week's game will be his 261st on the sideline as either a player or coach. In other words, Margraff will have been a member of the JHU program for 26.1% of its all-time games after Saturday's game against Franklin & Marshall.
• Johns Hopkins will become the fifth Centennial Conference team to play 1,000 all-time games. Currently, F&M (1,086), Gettysburg (1,064), Dickinson (1,025) and McDaniel (1,009) have all played at least 1,000 games. In addition, Muhlenberg will play its 1,000th next week against Moravian.
Not That Far Away: Johns Hopkins' three losses this season have come by a total of 16 pionts to three teams (Randolph-Macon, Muhlenberg, Ursinus) that currently have a combined record of 20-4.
Get Us Now: JHU graduated a large, accomplished senior class after a magical 2009 season. With that turnover in personnel, the Blue Jays became a much younger group. JHU started just five seniors (two on offense and three on defense) last week against Juniata, and no more than five seniors have started in any game this season.
Wernick Breaks a Pair of Records: Junior Sam Wernick continued his assault on the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference record books with his performance last week against Juniata.
Wernick totaled eight receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the 48-0 victory. In the process, he set a JHU single-season record for touchdown receptions (13) and most yards receiving in consecutive games (390). His 13 TD receptions are just two shy of the Centennial single-season record, while he also extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 30, which is tied for the 2nd longest streak in CC history.
500 Yards in Back-to-Back Games: One week after punching up a then season-high 515 yards of total offense in a 49-24 win at Susquehanna, the Blue Jays took that up a notch with a 582-yard outburst against Juniata.
The 582-yard showing ranks as the third-highest single-game total in the Jim Margraff era and the efforts over the last two weeks mark the first time in school history JHU has totaled 500 or more yards in back-to-back games.
Below is a look at the five highest single-game total offense marks under Margraff:
651 (124 ru - 527 pa) vs. Georgetown 10-26-1991
582 (216 ru - 366 pa) vs. Juniata 10-30-2010
572 (230 ru - 342 pa) vs. Swarthmore 9-20-1991
515 (129 ru - 386 pa) vs. Susquehanna 10-23-2010
513 (193 ru - 320 pa) vs. Ursinus 10-9-1993
200-300: For just the second time in school history, Johns Hopkins totaled 200 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in last week's win over Juniata. JHU rushed fro 216 yards and threw for 366 yards in piling up 582 yards of total offense. Both 200-300 showings have come under current head coach Jim Margraff. Previously, JHU reached these marks against Swarthmore in 1991 (230 rushing - 342 passing).
A Pass-Happy Bunch: Johns Hopkins totaled a season-hgih 386 yards passing in the win at Susquehanna to set a school record for most 300-yard passing games (as a team) in a single season. JHU had totaled 384 passing yards at Randolph Macon and 326 at Gettsyburg previously this season and added 366 yards through the air last week against Juniata. Prior to this season, JHU had never thrown for more than 300 yards more than twice in a season.
The 386 passing yards rank as the fourth-highest total in school history. Below is a look at the top seven single-game team passing totals in school history, three of which have come this season and six of which have come in the Jim Margraff era.
527 - Georgetown (10-26-1991)
399 - Muhlenberg (10-17-1987)
387 - Muhlenberg (10-4-2008)
386 - Susquehanna (10-23-2010)
384 - Randolph-Macon (9-11-2010)
371 - Kean (9-11-2004)
366 - Juniata (10-30-2010)
Tomlin Is JHU's Winningest QB: Junior Hewitt Tomlin became JHU's career leader in wins by a starting quarterback with the 44-10 win against Dickinson on October 8. Tomlin, who is now 22-8 in 30 career starts at Johns Hopkins, passed JHU Hall of Famer Mark Campbell for most career wins by a JHU starting QB. Campbell played from 1982-85 and was also an All-American pitcher for the Blue Jay baseball team.
Below is a list of the winningest quarterbacks in school history:
Name (Years) Career Wins
Hewitt Tomlin (Active) - 22
Mark Campbell (1982-85) - 19
Jack Thomas (1972-74) - 18
Wayne Roccia (1996-99) - 18
Zach DiIonno (2002-05) - 17
Jim Margraff (1978-81) - 16
Tomlin Becomes JHU's All-Time Leading Passer: Junior Hewitt Tomlin did what had become inevitable last week against Juniata as he passed current head coach Jim Margraff for first-place on JHU's career passing charts. Tomlin threw for 316 yards in the win agains the Eagles to run his career passing total to 6,702 and surpass Margraff's long-standing record of 6,669.
Tomlin has now broken Margraff's career records for passing yards and total offense (now has 6,902) in the last two weeks and is within striking distance of his school career marks for TD passes (JM-50, HT-44) and completions (JM-586, HT-548). Margraff's record for career attempts (1,126) appears to be safe until next season as Tomlin is nearly 200 behind him in that category (937).
In addition to the career marks Tomlin has broken in the last two weeks, he also tied the JHU single-season record for TD passes (18) with three last week. On the year, he is now 159-of-272 for 2,213 yards with 18 touchdowns against 13 INTs.
Piatek, Brown Reach 150, Lead Active Tacklers: Junior linebackers Ryan Piatek and Tyler Brown both entered the game at Susquehanna on the verge of reaching the 150-career tackle mark and both made it against the Crusaders.
Piatek totaled a team-high 11 tackles in the victory to push his career mark to 154, while Brown had two tackles (and partially blocked a punt) and now has an even 150 to his credit.
Piatek and Brown are two of five members of the current junior class who have 125 or more tackles to their credit. Including last week's game against Juniata, below are the updated tackle numbers of the five members of JHU's century tackle club:
Ryan Piatek - 160
Tyler Brown - 150
Michael Milano - 131
Sam Eagleson - 129
Kale Sweeney - 127
Turnovers Tell the Story: In JHU's three losses, the Blue Jays have turned the ball over a total of 12 times. On the flip side, they have just six total turnovers in their five wins.
Road Warriors: The Blue Jays posted a 6-2 record on the road last season after punching up a 4-1 record on the road in 2008. Including the five road games this season, JHU is 17-6 since the start of the 2007 season on the road and 39-15 on the road since the start of the 2001 season.
Scoring is Up: Johns Hopkins averaged 29.8 points per game last season, the highest total for a Blue Jay team since the 1968 team averaged 34.3 points. JHU picked up right where it left off a year ago in the season opener as the Blue Jays punched up 37 points against Randolph-Macon and scored at least 27 points in the first five games this season. JHU had scored at least 27 points in eight straight regular season games dating back to last season before being held to 17 at Ursinus. The 49 points JHU scored at Susquehanna are a season-high and were followed by a 48-point showing against Juniata. JHU has scored 40 or more points eight times since the start of the 2009 season.
It's a Record: JHU got 366 passing yards against Juniata to follow up the 386 yards through the air at Susquehanna. This is just the second time in school history JHU has gotten 300 or more passing yards in back-to-back games (earlier this year vs. RMC and GC) and the 752 yards in the last two games are the most in back-to-back games in school history.
It's Been a While: Johns Hopkins got an interceptions from junior Sam Eagleson in the win last Saturday against Juniata. Eagleson is now tied for the team lead with four interceptions on the year and the Blue Jays now have four players with two or more INTs on the year as Mike Milano (4), Ryan Piatek (3) and D.J. Hartigan(2) all have two or more as well. The INT is nothing new for the Blue Jays. Consider ...
• JHU has forced at least one turnover in 24 straight games dating back to late in the 2008 season.
• JHU has forced two or more turnovers in 19 of the last 22 games dating back to late in the 2008 season.
• JHU had an 18-game streak where it posted at least one interception snapped in the win against Dickinson. JHU had intercepted at least one pass in 18 straight games dating back to the final game of the 2008 season vs. Catholic and now has at least one pick in 21 of the last 23.
In the Zone: Johns Hopkins scored on 5-of-6 trips to the red zone last week against Juniata and continues to excel in this area.
The Blue Jays have now scored on 31-of-33 (.939) trips to the 'zone with 23 touchdowns and eight field goals to show for their 33 trips. JHU is now tied for fourth in the nation in red zone efficiency.
We Are the Champions: Johns Hopkins won its fifth overall Centennial Conference title in 2009, including its second outright title. JHU had never won a CC Championship prior to 2002, but has now grabbed at least a share of five of the last eight titles. The Blue Jays shared the title in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and took the title outright in 2005 and 2009.
Unchartered Waters: Johns Hopkins became the first Centennial Conference team to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals since 1985 when it knocked off previously unbeaten Hampden-Sydney and Thomas More in the first two rounds of the NCAA Playoffs last season. In addition, the two road wins for the Blue Jays in the NCAAs last season matched the total number of road victories the Centennial Conference had accumulated from 1983-2008.
Streaking: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 68-28 (.708) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 74-31 (.705) since the start of the 2001 season and 79-36 (.687) 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. The previous record of 55 wins came in the 1990s. To put this in perspective, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to this decade. In the decade just completed, 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 59-19 (.756) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.
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