October 16, 2013

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The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-0, 4-0 Centennial) opens the second half of the 2013 season with a home game against Centennial rival Dickinson (2-3, 2-2 CC).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Centennial with a 65-10 win at Juniata on October 5. Dickinson had a two-game winning streak snapped as the Devils dropped a 35-14 decision at Franklin & Marshall that same day.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 14th in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and 15th in this week's D3football.com Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the AFCA Poll to reflect the team's official ranking at the time of a game. Both complete polls and JHU's week-by-week rankings can be found on page five.

Countdown to 500: Johns Hopkins moved to within four wins of victory number 500 as the Blue Jays improved their all-time record to 496-476-58 (.510) with the win at Juniata. JHU is bidding to become the fourth Centennial Conference team to reach the 500-win mark (F&M-593, Gettysburg-550, McDaniel-515).

Series History: This week's game will be the 67th all-time meeting between Johns Hopkins and Dickinson with the Blue Jays holding a 35-27-4 advantge in the series. A complete series history can be found on page 2.

Friday Night Lights: This week's game against Dickinson will be the 45th Johns Hopkins has played on Friday night at home since the installation of lights at Homewood Field prior to the 1982 season. JHU is 30-13-1 (.693) at home under the Friday night lights, including 26-8-1 (.757) under head coach Jim Margraff. The Blue Jays have currently won five straight Friday night games and are 3-1 all-time vs. Dickinson on Friday nights.

At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins picked up its 15th straight regular season home victory with the 45-13 win against Muhlenberg on September 28. The Blue Jays last lost a regular season home game on October 2, 2010 against Muhlenberg (30-27). That remains the only regular season home loss for the seniors on the 2013 team. Overall, the current seniors are 18-2 in the home blacks.

Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins has been nearly as strong on the road in recent years as it has been at home. Dating back to late in the 2010 season, the Blue Jays are 14-1 in their last 15 regular season road games. Taking it back farther, JHU is 26-6 (.813) on the road since the start of the 2008 season (regular season and post season games included).

Perfect Up to the Bye: The Centennial Conference went to the across-the-board bye week for all teams in the league after the fifth game of the season in 2011. In the three seasons with that in place, Johns Hopkins is 15-0 in games played before its bye.

Off the Bye: JHU did not have an in-season bye week during head coach Jim Margraff's first 11 seasons (1990-2000). Since then, JHU has had a bye week 10 times and has posted a 7-3 record in its first game after the bye. Most recently, the Blue Jays have won five straight games coming off a bye week and have outscored the opposition 208-34 in those five victories.

October Run Dates to 2010: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its recent success in September into an equally impressive mark in October. The Blue Jays will carry a 10-game October winning streak into this week's game against Dickinson.

Move Those Chains-I: Johns Hopkins has amassed 148 first downs through five games, a mark that led the nation before the Blue Jays' bye week. JHU has rolled up at least 26 first downs in each of its first five games and you really can't get more balance; of the 148, 72 have come by passing, 72 have come by rushing and four were on penalties.

Move Those Chains-II: The 35 first downs JHU accumulated vs. Randolph-Macon are the third-highest total in school history with the top three totals coming in JHU's last 22 games dating back to 2011. The school-record of 40 first downs came last season against Moravian. The 40 first downs vs. the Greyhounds last season are one shy of the NCAA Division III record.

Bidding for 6-0: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 for the third straight year with the win at Juniata. A win this week against Dickinson would give the Blue Jays a 6-0 start for the third straight year and the fifth time under head coach Jim Margraff (2003, 2005, 2011, 2012).

Under Pressure: The Johns Hopkins defense has been dialing up the pressure in the early season as the Blue Jays have racked up a Centennial-high 23 sacks and 44 tackles for losses through five games. JHU ranks fourth in the nation in sacks per game (4.6) and tied for 18th in tackles for losses per game (9.0).
Junior Michael Longo is tied for the team-lead with 5.0 tackles for losses and leads the team with 4.0 sacks. Classmate Matthew Connery counts 3.0 sacks among his 5.0 tackles for losses, while senior Andy Laychur has 4.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks on the year. In all, 16 different players have been in on at least one sack and 20 different players have at least one tackle for a loss.

Double Your Pleasure: Johns Hopkins rushed and passed for more than 200 yards in each of its first four games - the first time a JHU team has ever done that. While that streak came to an end at Juniata, the Blue Jays did roll up a season-high 601 yards against the Eagles and now rank seventh in the nation in total offense (544.2).

That's a First: Johns Hopkins has punched up more than 500 yards of total offense in each of its last three games. This is the first time in school history that the Blue Jays have topped the 500-yard mark in three consecutive games.

Matey Tied for Fourth in Career Wins: Senior quarterback Robbie Matey may not end his career as JHU's all-time leader in any single-season or career statistical category. However, with a 17-2 all-time record as JHU's starting quarterback, he's done one thing at a higher rate than any other QB in school history; win. His 17 wins as JHU's starting quarterback are tied for fourth in school history, but his career winning percentage (..895) is by far the highest.
Matey enjoyed one of the best games of his career in the recent win at Juniata as he was 23-of-26 for 408 yards and six touchdowns. The 408 yards and six TDs are both career highs. His completion percentage against the Eagles (.885) is the highest in JHU and Centennial Conference history by a quarterback with 25 or more attempts. In the last two games - wins against Muhlenberg and Juniata - he is 48-for-56 (.857) for 673 yards with seven TDs.

Abbott Reaches 1,000 ...: Senior JD Abbott became the 23rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards with his 86 yards against Muhlenberg. Abbott raised his career rushing total to 1,053 yards and now ranks 21st on JHU's career rushing list. In addition, with a career-high three rushing TDs against the Mules, he now ranks 13th on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list with 17. He did not play in Johns Hopkins' last game at Juniata.

... And so Does D'Orazio: One game after senior JD Abbott reached 1,000 career rushing yards, classmate Bob D'Orazio joined the 1,000-yard receiving club. D'Orazio had four receptions for 108 yards and three TDs at Juniata and, in the process, became the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards. He now has career totals of 80 receptions for 1,070 yards and eight TDs. He ranks 20th in school history in receiving yards and 19th in receptions.

Many Happy Returns: The Johns Hopkins return game has gotten a boost with the arrival of freshmen Bradley Munday and Adrian Trammell. Munday is averaging 12.4 yards on his 10 punt returns this season, which ranks him third in the Centennial Conference, while Trammell is averaging 26.2 yards on his eight kickoff returns through five games to rank third in the Centennial.

For Starters: Freshman place-kicker Nick Campbell has enjoyed a productive beginning to his career through five games as he has been good on 28-of-29 extra point attempts and all five of his field goal attempts. His streak of consective successful XPs was stopped at 25 at Juniata when his sixth attempt was blocked. He has also made one field goal in each of JHU's first five games this season.

Carbone Second in CC Punting: Senior Richie Carbone has been forced to punt just 13 times through five games, but he has again shown improvement in his average this season. After averaging 34.5 yards as a sophomore, he bumped that up more than two yards per attempt last season to 36.6 yards on 34 punts. Through five games this season he is averaging 40.4 yards per punt - a mark that ranks him third in the Centennial Conference.
Carbone is also a member of the Blue Jay baseball team and helped JHU to the Centennial Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional last spring. He played in 26 games with 19 starts in the outfield and also had four relief appearances on the mound as well.

Wearing Them Down: Johns Hopkins holds solid scoring advantages in the first (42-20) and third quarters (54-21) through five games, but it's the second and fourth quarters where the Blue Jays have really excelled. JHU holds a stunning 76-10 scoring advantage in the second quarter and an equally impressive 52-7 buldge in the fourth.

JHU Ties Victory Record: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-2 record in 2012 and tied the school record for victories in a season. Only three times previously - 2003, 2009 & 2011 - had Hopkins won 10 games in a season. Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a season prior to 2002, but the Blue Jays have posted eight or more wins nine times in the last 11 years.

Margraff Ranks Second on State Victory Chart: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff sports a career record of 162-81-3 (.665) entering this week's game at Dickinson. He is just the second college football coach in Maryland state history to win 160 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.

Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season the Blue Jays sport a 96-31 (.756) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 102-34 (.750) since the start of the 2001 season and 107-39 (.733) since the beginning of the 2000 season.

Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 87-21 (.806) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.

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