|Johns Hopkins-RPI Game Information|
|Game Date | Time||December 1, 2018 | 12 pm|
|Location | Venue||Baltimore, MD | Homewood Field|
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (11-1) welcomes RPI (10-1) to Homewood Field for one of four NCAA Division III Quarterfinal games being played this weekend. Kickoff in the first-ever meeting between the two teams is set for 12 pm on Saturday, December 1.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it 10 straight in the win column as the Blue Jays topped sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten Frostburg St., 58-27, in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs last Saturday in Frostburg.
How They Got Here: Johns Hopkins earned the Centennial Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs (a Pool A bid) and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 49-0 opening-round win over MIT and a 58-27 win over Frostburg St. in the second round.
RPI earned the Liberty League's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs (also a Pool A bid) and topped Husson, 38-14, and third-ranked Brockport, 21-13, in its two playoff games.
Did You Know: Sixth-ranked Frostburg St., which Johns Hopkins defeated 58-27 in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs, is the highest-ranked team Johns Hopkins has ever beaten in football. Previously, the highest-ranked team Johns Hopkins had ever beaten was then ninth-ranked McDaniel in 2001 (21-14).
Playoff Bound: Johns Hopkins is making its eighth straight trip to the NCAAs, its ninth in 10 years and 10th overall. All 10 appearances have come since 2005.
A Program Second ... and First: Johns Hopkins is making its second all-time appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Blue Jays' previous appearance came in 2009, when JHU fell to Wesley, 12-0, in the South Region title game (QF).
This week's game against RPI is also a first. This is the first time Johns Hopkins has ever hosted a game this deep in the playoffs.
Historically Speaking: Johns Hopkins improved to 12-10 overall in the post-season with last week's win against Frostburg. The Blue Jays are now 8-9 in the NCAA Playoffs and 4-1 in ECAC Bowl Games.
Third Longest Streak: Johns Hopkins' eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament rank as the third-longest active streak in the nation. Only Mount Union (27) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (17) have currently made more consecutive appearances than Johns Hopkins.
What's Next: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-RPI quarterfinal game will play the winner of the quarterfinal game between Mount Union and Muhlenberg. That semifinal game will be played on Saturday, December 8 at a time and location to be announced on Sunday, December 2. The semifinal games in the NCAA Division III Playoffs will air on ESPN3.
Centennial Strong: Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg will both play in this week's NCAA Quarterfinals. The Centennial Conference is one of two conferences in the nation with two teams still alive (MIAC - St. John's & Bethel).
10 in a Row: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to 10 games with last week's 58-27 win at sixth-ranked Frostburg St.
This marks the eighth time since Jim Margraff took over as the head coach at Johns Hopkins (1990) that the Blue Jays have had a winning streak of 10 games or longer; six of those eight have come since 2010.
Prior to Margraff's arrival, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a row (in one season or even bridging two seasons).
Blue Jays Break Scoring Record: Johns Hopkins' 58-point outburst against Frostburg St. last week pushed the Blue Jays' season scoring total to 584 points, a mark that breaks the previous school record of 548 points in 2015 (12 games).
The 2015 and 2018 seasons are the only two seasons in school history in which Johns Hopkins has scored 500 or more points.
Among the National Leaders: Entering this week's game against RPI, Johns Hopkins ranks first in the nation in total offense (568.0), fourth in passing offense (345.2) and fourth in scoring offense (48.7). The Blue Jays also rank seventh in third-down percentage (.507) and the 325 first downs JHU has accumulated are the most of any team in the nation.
Six in 132, Nine in 23: In the first 132 seasons of Johns Hopkins football, the Blue Jays had six games of 600+ yards of total offense. In the last 23 games, the Blue Jays have topped the 600-yard mark nine times.
Best Passing Season in School History: Johns Hopkins quarterbacks have combined to throw for 4,142 yards in 12 games this season. The 4,142 yards rank as the highest single-season total in school history; the previous record of 4,106 yards was set in 12 games in 2016.
Blue Jays Break Touchdown Record: With seven touchdowns in the 49-0 win against MIT in the first round of the playoffs and eight more last week at Frostburg St., Johns Hopkins has now scored 83 touchdowns on the year. That breaks the previous school single-season record of 75, which was set in 2015.
Balanced Scoring: Johns Hopkins' 83 touchdowns this season are split nearly even as the Blue Jays count 42 rushing touchdowns and 38 passing touchdowns on the year (JHU also scored once each on a blocked punt return, interception and fumble return). Only once previously (2015) had JHU scored 35 or more touchdowns on the ground and through the air (the 2015 team had 38 rushing TDs and 36 passing TDs).
Big Plays: Through 12 games, the Johns Hopkins offense has 100 plays of 20 yards or longer (an average of 8.3 such plays per game) and 253 plays of 10 yards or longer (21.1 such plays per game). Note that this includes offensive plays only (rushing and passing plays).
Seven or Less Under Rehring: Since Mickey Rehring took over as the Blue Jay defensive coordinator in 2013, Johns Hopkins has held the opposition to seven points or less 16 times - including the three-point performance by Moravian on September 15, the six-point effort by Ursinus a week later, the shutout at Juniata on November 3 and the shutout against MIT in the first round of the playoffs.
109 in 10: After allowing an average of 34 points per game in the first two games, the Blue Jay defense has worked its way into form and has allowed a total of just 109 points in the last 10 games - all Blue Jay victories.
Sack Party: The Johns Hopkins defense has totaled 37 sacks on the year, including 27 in the last seven games. With six sacks at Franklin & Marshall and five at Gettysburg, the Blue Jays had five or more sacks in back-to-back games for the first time since notching six against Randolph-Macon and five against Susquehanna early in the 2012 season. The Blue Jays added three in the win against Muhlenberg, six at Juniata, four against McDaniel, one against MIT and two against Frostburg. St.
Walters Breaks TD Records: Senior running back Stuart Walters tied the Johns Hopkins record for career touchdowns with his 51st in the 27-16 win over Muhlenberg and took the top spot to himself with three in the regular-season-ending win against McDaniel. He added one rushing touchdown against MIT to take over the top spot on JHU's career rushing touchdowns list as well (45).
Block Party: Johns Hopkins has blocked a total of eight kicks on the year. That ties the Blue Jays for seventh in the nation entering this week's game against RPI.
At Home at Homewood: Johns Hopkins has parlayed its home field advantage into victories in recent years. In fact, the Blue Jays are 49-5 (.907) in the home blacks since the start of the 2010 season.
Number Four: Johns Hopkins boasts a 63-7 record since the start of the 2013 season. The Blue Jays' .900 winning percentage over that time ranks fourth among Division III teams. In order, the top five teams in the nation in winning percentage since the start of the 2013 season (with records included):
1. Mount Union (82-4) .953
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (76-5) .938
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater (72-6) .923
4. Johns Hopkins (63-7) .900
5. St. Thomas (MN) (61-11) .847
61 Under to 61 Over: Johns Hopkins head coach Jim Margraff inherited a program with an all-time record that was 61 games UNDER .500 when he arrived (334-395-56). With the win against Juniata on November 4, 2017, Johns Hopkins moved its all-time record to 61 games OVER .500. Entering this week's game against RPI, Johns Hopkins has an all-time record of 554-483-59 (+71).
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 81-3 in its last 84 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 87-10 in its last 97 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 154-38 (.802) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 160-41 (.796) since the start of the 2001 season and 165-46 (.782) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
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