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The Game: Eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins (9-0, 8-0 Centennial) makes the short trip to Westminster, Maryland to take on rival McDaniel (2-7, 2-6 CC) in the regular season finale for both teams.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to nine games with a 45-30 victory against Franklin & Marshall at Homewood Field last Saturday. The Green Terror snapped a six-game losing streak with a 43-42 victory at Susquehanna.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked eighth in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and 11th in this week's D3football.com Poll. The Blue Jays also check in at number two in this week's Lambert Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the AFCA Poll to reflect the team's official national ranking at the time of a game. All three polls and JHU's week-by-week rankings can be found on page five.

Series History: This week's game will be the 92nd all-time meeting between Johns Hopkins and McDaniel with the Blue Jays holding a 51-35-5 advantage in the series. The complete series history can be found on page 2.

JHU Earns Victory 500: Johns Hopkins earned the 500th victory in program history when it topped Franklin & Marshall last Saturday. JHU improved its all-time record to 500-476-58 (.512) with the win against the Diplomats. JHU became the fourth Centennial Conference team to reach the 500-win mark (F&M-595, Gettysburg-551, McDaniel-516).

Centennial Conference Champions: Johns Hopkins earned the outright Centennial Conference title with last week's victory against Franklin & Marshall. The title is JHU's fifth straight and ninth since 2002. The nine include five outright championships (2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) and four shared title (2002, 2003, 2004, 2010).

Playoff Bound: With the outright Centennial Conference title already in hand, Johns Hopkins has secured the Centennial Conference's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs. The Blue Jays will be making their third straight trip to the NCAAs and fifth since 2005. Johns Hopkins is 3-4 all-time in the NCAA Playoffs with a trip the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009 and the second round in 2012 highlighting the team's NCAA history.

NCAA Bracket Announcement: The bracket for the 2013 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs will be announced on Sunday, November 17 with a live web show on ncaa.com (6 pm).

On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 32-1 in its last 33 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season. The only team to top the Blue Jays duirng that run? Franklin & Marshall, which topped the Blue Jays, 14-12, last November.

At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins picked up its 18th straight regular season home victory with the 45-30 win against F&M last week. The Blue Jays last lost a regular season home game on October 2, 2010 against Muhlenberg (30-27). That was the only regular season home loss for the seniors on the 2013 team. Overall, the current seniors are 20-2 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 15-1 in their last 16 regular season road games. Taking it back farther, JHU is 27-6 (.818) on the road since the start of the 2008 season (regular season and post season games included).

Balanced Success: Since the start of the 2001 season, Johns Hopkins is 53-17 on the road and 53-17 at home.

November Reign: Entering this week's game against McDaniel, Johns Hopkins is 12-1 in its last 13 regular season games in the month of November dating back to 2008. Including the post-season, the Blue Jays are 15-4 in their last 19 games in November (also dating to 2008).

More November: Johns Hopkins is 15-1 in its last 16 regular season home games in the month of November. Since the start of the 2001 season, JHU's only loss at home in the regular season in November came in 2007, when F&M took a 19-11 decision.

Bidding for 10-0: Johns Hopkins is looking for just the second undefeated regular season school history. JHU's only other undefeated regular season came in 2011, when the Blue Jays finished 10-0.

Move Those Chains-I: Johns Hopkins has amassed 249 first downs through nine games. JHU has rolled up at least 26 first downs in seven of its first nine games and the Blue Jays have done it with balance; of the 249, 132 have come by rushing, 110 have come by passing and seven were on penalties. JHU's 249 first downs rank fourth in the nation.

Move Those Chains-II: JHU punched up 34 first downs against Gettysburg, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. The 35 first downs JHU accumulated vs. Randolph-Macon in the season opener are the third-highest total in school history with the top four totals coming in JHU's last 26 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.

Under Pressure: The Johns Hopkins defense has been dialing up the pressure this season as the Blue Jays have racked up a Centennial-high 34 sacks and 72 tackles for losses through nine games. JHU is tied for first in the nation in sacks per game (3.89) and ranks 35th in tackles for losses per game (8.0).
Junior Matthew Connery leads the way with 6.5 sacks on the year, while Michael Longo (6.0), John Arena (5.0) and Andy Laychur (4.0) have all gotten to the quarterback at least four times.
In all, 17 different players have been in on at least one sack and 23 different players have at least one tackle for a loss.

Defense Boasts Impressive Numbers on the Field: While much of the attention is focused on Johns Hopkins' prolific offense, the Blue Jays also feature one of the top defenses in the nation. Entering this week's game, the Blue Jays rank 25th in scoring defense (15.4), 39th in total defense (298.1) and 30th in rushing defense (109.6).

Defense Boasts Impressive Numbers in the Classroom: In addtion to posting some impressive numbers on the field, the starting defense for the Blue Jays has been equally impressive in the classroom. JHU's primary starting 11 on defense boasts a combined cumulative GPA of 3.33. Five of the 11 starters have over a 3.6 cumulative GPA, including senior SS John Arena, who will graduate in December with a degree in Neuroscience and boasts a 4.0.

Double Your Pleasure-I: 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 - and then turned the trick against Gettysburg as well. JHU now ranks fourth in the nation in total offense (521.7).

That's a First: Johns Hopkins punched up more than 500 yards of total offense in five straight games before notching 429 against Ursinus. This was the first time in school history that the Blue Jays topped the 500-yard mark in five consecutive games. In addition, JHU's six 500-yard games tie the school single-season record (2012). Johns Hopkins is 32-1 all-time when punching up 500+ yards.

JHU Ties School Record: Johns Hopkins has totaled at least 400 yards of total offense in each of its first nine games this season. The nine game run with 400+ yards of total offense matches the school record set last season.

Matey Ranks Second in Career Wins, Tops 5,000 Yards: 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 21-2 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 21 wins as JHU's starting quarterback are the second highest total in school history, while his career winning percentage (.913) is by far the highest.
Matey enjoyed one of the best games of his career in the 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. Matey enters this week's game at McDaniel ranked fourth in the nation in completion percentage (.730) and 19th in pass efficiency (157.74) as he is 187-of-256 for 2,087 yards with 15 TDs against just four INTs on the year. He has also rushed for 266 yards and four TDs.
For his career, Matey went over 5,000 yards passing in the win against F&M and now has 5,138 yards passing and 576 yards rushing. He is the only player in school history with more than 5,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards.
With his 425th career completion at Gettysburg, Matey also qualifies for the NCAA career completion percentage rankings, which he currently tops among quarterbacks in all divisions. Sitting just behind him is reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

Wodicka Closes on Stromberg: Senior wide receiver Dan Wodicka enters this week's game against McDaniel needing just eight receptions to become Johns Hopkins' career leader in receptions. He will enter the game with 251 catches - seven less than career leader Bill Stromberg, who totaled 258 receptions during his career from 1978-81.
Wodicka, who recently became the Centennial Conference's career leader in receptions, also ranks second in school history in career receiving yards (3,044) and is third among active Division III receivers in receptions and yards.

Cherry Closing on 1,000: Sophomore Brandon Cherry punched up his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game with a 163-yard, three-touchdown performance against Franklin & Marshall last week. Cherry leads the team with 932 yards and counts eight TDs to his credit this season. He ranks third in the Centennial in rushing yards per game (103.6) and seventh in all-purpose yards (125.2).
Cherry, whose 932 yards this season are the eighth-highest single-season total in school history, boosted his career total to 1,184 yards, a total that ranks 20th in school history.

Double Your Pleasure: Sophomore Brandon Cherry rushed for 154 yards and freshman Stuart Walters added 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead a 360-yard rushing attack for the Blue Jays in the 42-17 win against Dickinson. It didn't take long for the duo to turn the trick again as Cherry went for a career-high 176 yards and one TD and Walters punched up a personal-best 130 yards and a TD of his own at Gettysburg. This marked the 17th & 18th times in school history that JHU has had two players rush for 100+ plus yards in one game (JHU is 18-0 in such games).

For the Record: With Brandon Cherry and Stuart Walters' recent 100-yard rushing games, JHU has now had three different players turn that trick this season as senior JD Abbott totaled 125 against Susquehanna earlier this season. This is the first time Johns Hopkins has had three different players rush for 100+ yards in a game in one season since 2003 (Adam Cook, T.J. Lyons, Mark Nesbitt).

Walters Within Striking Distance: With one regular season game and at least one playoff game remaining, Stuart Walters is within striking distance of the Johns Hopkins record for rushing yards by a freshman. Walters has 566 yards and four touchdowns to his credit. The school record for rushing yards by a freshman is 753 by Hari Lymon in 1992.

In Case You've Lost Track: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against McDaniel with a 5,000-yard passer (Robbie Matey-5,138), two players with more than 1,000 yards receiving (Dan Wodicka-3,044 & Bob D'Orazio-1,070) and two players with more than 1,000 yards rushing (JD Abbott-1,193 & Brandon Cherry-1,184) in their careers.

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 8.2 yards on his 19 punt returns this season, which ranks him fifth in the Centennial Conference. Trammell is averaging 24.1 yards on his 12 kickoff returns through nine games to rank fourth in the Centennial, while Munday's 21.5 yards per KOR rank eighth.

For Starters: Freshman place-kicker Nick Campbell has enjoyed a productive beginning to his career through nine games as he has been good on 45-of-46 extra point attempts and all nine of his field goal attempts. His streak of consective successful XPs was stopped at 25 at Juniata when his sixth attempt was blocked. He made one field goal in each of JHU's first five games this season and nailed two (21, 28) in the win at Gettysburg. His nine field goals are the second-highest total ever by a JHU freshman (Alex Lachman - 11 (2007)).

Carbone Enjoying Solid Season: Senior Richie Carbone has been forced to punt just 28 times through nine 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 nine games this season he is averaging a career-high 37.1 yards per punt. He has dropped 10 of his 28 punts inside the 20-yard line with several of his punts sacrificing distance for field position.
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 (66-48) and third quarters (82-45) through nine games, but it's the second and fourth quarters where the Blue Jays have really excelled. JHU holds a 121-23 scoring advantage in the second quarter and an equally impressive 100-23 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 10 times in the last 12 years (including this season).

Margraff Ranks Second on State Victory Chart: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff sports a career record of 166-81-3 (.670) entering this week's game vs. McDaniel. 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 100-31 (.763) record. Taking it back farther the Blue Jays are 106-34 (.757) since the start of the 2001 season and 111-39 (.740) since the beginning of the 2000 season.

Seven's Heaven: Since the beginning of the 2003 season the Blue Jays are 91-21 (.813) when scoring more than seven points and 0-7 when they have been held to seven points or less.

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