|Johns Hopkins-Mount Union Game Information|
|Game Date | Time||December 8, 2018 | 12 pm|
|Location | Venue||Alliance, OH | Mount Union Stadium|
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The Game: Johns Hopkins (12-1) heads to Ohio to take on top-ranked Mount Union (13-0) in the NCAA Semifinals. Kickoff from Mount Union Stadium is set for 12 pm on Saturday, December 8. This week's game will air live on ESPN3 (espn3.com).
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it 11 straight in the win column as the Blue Jays topped 23rd-ranked RPI, 37-14, in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Saturday at Homewood Field.
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 semifinals with a 49-0 opening-round win over MIT, a 58-27 win over sixth-ranked Frostburg St. in the second round and a 37-14 win over 23rd-ranked RPI in the quarterfinals.
Mount Union earned the Ohio Athletic Conference automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs (also a Pool A bid) and has topped Denison (60-0), Centre (51-35) and Muhlenberg (38-10 in its three playoff games.
A Program First: Johns Hopkins is making its first appearance in the NCAA Semifinals. The Blue Jays had advanced to the quarterfinals once prior to this season (2009), but dropped a 12-0 decision to then third-ranked Wesley in that game.
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.
Historically Speaking: Johns Hopkins improved to 13-10 overall in the post-season with last week's win against Frostburg. The Blue Jays are now 9-9 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-Mount Union semifinal game will play the winner of the semifinal game between Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship game on Friday, December 14 (7 pm). That game will be played in Shenandoah, Texas and will air live on ESPNU.
11 in a Row: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to 11 games with last week's 37-14 win over 23rd-ranked RPI in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
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 and the seventh of 11 games or longer.
Prior to Margraff's arrival, Johns Hopkins had never won more than seven games in a row.
Among the National Leaders: Entering this week's game against Mount Union, Johns Hopkins ranks first in the nation in total offense (564.4), fourth in passing offense (340.5) and fifth in scoring offense (47.8). The Blue Jays also rank sixth in third-down percentage (.509) and the 349 first downs JHU has accumulated are the most of any team in the nation.
Best Passing Season in School History: Johns Hopkins quarterbacks have combined to throw for 4,426 yards in 13 games this season. The 4,426 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, eight more at Frostburg St. and five last week against RPI, Johns Hopkins has now scored 88 touchdowns on the year. That breaks the previous school single-season record of 75, which was set in 2015.
Balanced Scoring: Johns Hopkins' 88 touchdowns this season are split nearly even as the Blue Jays count 46 rushing touchdowns and 39 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 13 games, the Johns Hopkins offense has 104 plays of 20 yards or longer (an average of 8.0 such plays per game) and 274 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.
123 in 11: 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 123 points in the last 11 games - all Blue Jay victories.
Sack Party: The Johns Hopkins defense has totaled 40 sacks on the year, including 30 in the last eight 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, two against Frostburg. St. and three against RPI.
Walters Breaks TD Records: Senior running back Stuart Walters is Johns Hopkins' career record-holder for overall (57) and rushing touchdowns (47). The previous records of 51 (overall) and 44 (rushing) were held Andrew Kase (2006-09), who powered the Blue Jays to the 2009 NCAA Quarterfinals.
Block Party: Freshman Robert Fletcher needed exactly three minutes to impact the first game of his career as he blocked a Randolph-Macon punt that was returned 32 yards for a touchdown by senior Tyler Messinger. The blocked punt return for a touchdown was the first for Johns Hopkins since Adam Schweyer took one back 36 yards for a score against Juniata on October 30, 2010.
Fletcher was back at it against Dickinson as he partially blocked a first-quarter Red Devil punt that led to a Johns Hopkins touchdown and also got a piece of Franklin & Marshall's first punt to give him three blocks on the year; he is tied for 11th in the nation with his three blocked kicks.
More Blocks: 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 Mount Union.
Number Four: Johns Hopkins boasts a 64-7 record since the start of the 2013 season. The Blue Jays' .901 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 (records included):
1. Mount Union (83-4) .954
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (77-5) .939
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater (73-6) .924
4. Johns Hopkins (64-7) .901
5. St. Thomas (MN) (61-11) .847
On a Roll: Johns Hopkins is 81-3 in its last 84 regular season games dating back to late in the 2010 season and 88-10 in its last 98 games overall since late in the 2010 season.
Sustained Success: Since the start of the 2002 season, the Blue Jays sport a 155-38 (.803) record. Taking it back farther, the Blue Jays are 161-41 (.797) since the start of the 2001 season and 166-46 (.783) since the beginning of the 2000 season.
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