September 19, 2012

Johns Hopkins-Muhlenberg Football Notes

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The Game: Johns Hopkins (3-0, 2-0 Centennial) heads to Allentown, Pennsylvania for an early-season showdown with Muhlenberg (3-0, 2-0 CC).

On This Date: Johns Hopkins dropped a 44-41 decision to Moravian on this date in 2007. The 41 points are the most Johns Hopkins has ever scored in a losing effort.

The Teams: Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg are two of the three teams in the Centennial Conference that are currently 3-0. The Blue Jays stayed unbeaten with a 49-15 win over Moravian last Saturday, while Muhlenberg topped Moravian 33-0.

Series History: Muhlenberg leads the all-time series, 23-20-1. The series has developed into one of the best in the Centennial Conference. A complete series history can be found on page 2.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 16th in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and 24th in the d3football.com Poll. This week's poll is the first for the AFCA this season and the #16 ranking extends JHU's run of consecutive weeks in the top 25 to 11 dating back to the first poll of the 2011 season The Johns Hopkins office of Athletic Communications uses the AFCA Poll to reflect JHU's official ranking at the time of a game.

Margraff Earns Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff improved his career record to 150-79-3 (.653) with last week's 49-15 win vs. Moravian. In the process, he became just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 150 career games. Only Morgan State's Eddie Hurt, who won 174 games from 1929-59, has won more games as the head football coach at a college or university in the state of Maryland than Margraff.

About the 3-0 Start: The Blue Jays improved to 3-0 with last week's 49-15 win over Moravian. This marks the seventh time in the last 11 years that Johns Hopkins has started a season with three straight wins. Prior to that, Johns Hopkins had a total of nine seasons where it started 3-0 from 1883-2001.

Sweet September: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Muhlenberg having won nine straight and 12 of its last 13 games in the month of September. The only team to beat JHU in the month of September in its last 13 games? Randolph-Macon, which posted a 41-37 win over JHU on September 11, 2010.

Regular Season Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 17-game regular-season winning streak on the line this week against Muhlenberg. The streak, the longest such run in school history and the third-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 700-199 during the 17-game run.

Centennial Roll: The Blue Jays will put a 15-game Centennial Conference winning streak on the line this week against Muhlenberg. The streak, the longest such run in school history and tied for the second-longest in Centennial Conference history, began with a 49-24 win at Susquehanna on October 23, 2010.

Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins will carry an eight-game road winning streak into this week's game at Muhlenberg. The Blue Jays last dropped a road game on October 16, 2010, when Ursinus took a 26-17 decision. The eight-game streak is the fourth-longest active road winning streak in the nation.

Quick Starts: The next points the Johns Hopkins defense allows in the first half this season will be the first. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 69-7 in the first and second quarters combined through three games and the lone touchdown the opposition has scored came on an interception return (Moravian).

Move Those Chains: Johns Hopkins converted 7-of-11 third-down chances in the win vs. Moravian and the Blue Jays are now 25-of-39 (.641) through three games. JHU ranks first in the Centennial Conference and second in the nation in third-down efficiency. JHU is one of just three teams nationally converting better than 60% of its third-down chances.

That's a Record: Johns Hopkins tied an NCAA Division III record and set school and Centennial Conference records with 40 first downs in last week's win over Moravian. This is the third time in Division III history that a team has accumulated 40 first downs in a game.

JHU Rolls up 582 Yards vs. Moravian: Johns Hopkins totaled 582 yards of total offense in last week's win over Moravian. The total is tied for the seventh-highest single game mark in school history. Five of the top eight single-game total offense marks in school history have come in the last 18 games dating back to late in the 2010 season.

It's Been a While: JHU rushed for 338 yards and passed for 244 in last week's win vs. Moravian. This marks just the third time in school history that JHU has totaled more than 300 yards rushing and 200 yards passing in the same game. The two previous instances took place more than 40 years ago.

Off and Running: One year after unleashing one of the top passing attacks in the country, Johns Hopkins has turned loose an equally effective ground attack. The Blue Jays rushed for 344 yards on 49 carries (7.0) in the season-opener against Randolph-Macon. The 344 yards are the 10th-highest single-game total in school history and the most for the Blue Jays since November 3, 2001, when JHU rushed for 386 yards in a 41-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall.
JHU added 338 yards rushing against Moravian and is now averaging 280.0 yards per game on the ground through three games. In addition, 14 of JHU's 17 touchdowns thus far have come on the ground and six different players have at least one rushing touchdown to their credit.

A Solid One-Two Punch: Johns Hopkins currently has two players ranked among the top five in the Centennial Conference in rushing as senior Jonathan Rigaud and junior JD Abbott are two of six players in the league currently averaging 70 or more yards per game.
Rigaud currently ranks second in the league in rushing at 97.3 yards per game as he has totaled 292 yards and six TDs through three games. He pushed his career total to 1,872 yards with his 114-yard showing against Moravian and currently ranks ninth in school history in rushing yards. He also moved into a tie for seventh place on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list with his three against Moravian as he now has 21. Abbott ranks fifth in the league in rushing (72.3) as he counts 217 yards and three touchdowns to his credit. He is averaging 6.0 yards per carry and has already surpassed his total rushing output (188) of his first two seasons combined.

Wodicka Closing in on 2,000: Junior wide receiver Dan Wodicka had six receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown in last week's win vs. Moravian and now has 23 receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He also ran his career totals to 145 receptions for 1,994 yards and enters this week's game against Muhlenberg needing just six receiving yards to become the ninth player in school history and the 25th player in Centennial Conference history to reach 2,000 career receiving yards.
In addition to his efforts in the JHU and Centennial record books, Wodicka's 145 receptions are the most by any active Division III junior in the nation and his total is the seventh-highest total among all junior receivers in the nation (all divisions)

D'Orazio Enjoys Career Day: Junior Bob D'Orazio entered the game at Susquehanna with career totals of seven receptions for 116 yards in 14 career games played. Against the Crusaders he had a career-high five receptions for a personal-best 122 yards and one touchdown. His TD reception covered 46 yards, capped the 34-7 victory and is the longest pass play of the season through two games for JHU. He now has eight receptions for 142 yards and one TD on the year.

Matey Notches Third 200-Yard Game: Junior Robbie Matey made it two straight 200-yard passing games and three overall for his career as he was 23-of-27 for 224 yards with one TD and one INT vs. Moravian. He also rushed 10 times for 48 yards. Matey is completing a Centennial-high 75% of his pass attempts (57-of-76) for 621 yards with three TDs against four INTs. He has also rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown on the year.

It's Been a While: The Blue Jay defense opened the season with six sacks in the 36-13 win over Randolph-Macon and added five more in last week's 34-7 win at Susquehanna. This marked the first time that Johns Hopkins has posted five or more sacks in back-to-back games since late in the 2009 season, when the Blue Jays had seven at Juniata and six against F&M.
JHU's depth on the defensive line is evident in the breakdown as eight different players have at least one sack thus far with juniors Joe DiTrolio and Andy Laychur leading the way with three sacks each. Johns Hopkins ranks eight in the nation with its 11 sacks.

Defense Continues Run: The Blue Jay defense held Randolph-Macon to just 32 yards rushing on 40 attempts and 197 yards of total offense in the 36-13 season-opening victory and followed that effort by limiting Susquehanna to 138 yards of total offense, including just 56 on the ground and 82 through the air.
The Blue Jays continued their strong play last week as they held Moravian to just 18 yards rushing and 189 yards of total offense. In addition, one of the two touchdowns JHU allowed came against the Blue Jay offense on an INT return and two more points were scored via a safety on an errant snap on a punt attempt.
These efforts, which come with seven new starters in the lineup, are the latest in a long line of strong showings by the unit, which ranked among the nation's finest last season. Consider ...
• JHU ranks among the national leaders in total defense (5th/174.7), scoring defense (20th/11.7), pass defense (37th/139.3), sacks (10th/4.67) and rushing defense (5th/35.3).
• Hopkins has forced two or more turnovers in 29 of its last 39 games.

Schweyer, Maciow Top 150: The two most experienced players on the Blue Jay defense - seniors Adam Schweyer and Taylor Maciow - both recently topped the 150 career tackle mark.
Schweyer rang up 10 tackles, including two for losses and one sack, in the win at Susquehanna and came back with six tackles and one interception against Moravian. He now has 167 career tackles to his credit.
Maciow punched up eight tackles in the season-opener against Randolph-Macon and came back with five stops against Susquehanna and seven against Moravian to push his career total to 165. Among his seven stops against Moravian were a pair of sacks.

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