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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 91st meeting between McDaniel (0-9, 0-8 CC) and Johns Hopkins (8-1, 7-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1894. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 50-35-5, including wins in the last 11 meetings. The Green Terror's last win in the series came by a 41-7 margin in 2001. Today's game marks the 65th consecutive season when the two long-time rivals have been scheduled to be the final game on each other's schedules.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Then-No. 12 Johns Hopkins rolled up 590 yards of offense to overcome a six-turnover day and defeat McDaniel 28-24 to close out the 2011 season. Sam Cox led the Green Terror on a defense that forced a season-high six turnovers with eight tackles, including his 25th career sack. He also had two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. Hewitt Tomlin completed 35 of 47 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Blue Jays to their first undefeated regular season in program history.
LAST TIME OUT: Susquehanna scored the final 12 points to win an offensive showdown, defeating McDaniel 42-38 last Saturday. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror with a season-high 266 yards rushing and a career-best four touchdowns. Ryan Yamada (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel) was 14-for-23 for 163 yards and two touchdowns in his first collegiate start. McDaniel rolled up a season-best 449 yards on total offense. Mike Ritter paced the Crusaders with six catches for 167 yards. Three of his six receptions went for touchdowns, including a 64-yard pass play that gave his team the eventual victory with 6:01 to play.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Joe Rollins was named the CC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Green Terror to its best offensive day of the season, rushing for a season-best 266 yards on 29 carries. The running back carried the ball 29 times in his fifth career 200-yard rushing day and found the end zone a career-high four times.
WITH HONORS: Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) was named to the CC Weekly Honor Roll last week. Cousar earned a spot on the defensive ledger after registering a career high-tying 14 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
LEADING THE WAY: Tyler Lloyd (Broad Run, Va./Fauquier), Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) and Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) will captain the squad in 2012. White is a two-time captain while Lloyd and McLister will lead the squad for the first time as seniors.
ISN'T HE GRAND: Joe Rollins rolled up a season-best 266 yards on Saturday to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season. The junior running back has 1,100 yards on the season and has rushed for 100 or more yards for the fifth time in seven full games this year. With the yardage, he has moved into third place on the all-time career list with 3,124 yards, passing Joe Brockmeyer. Rollins currently ranks 10th in Division III for rushing yards per game (137.5) and all-purpose yards per game (183.25).
SIX BY SIX: The Green Terror offense scored six touchdowns on Saturday – the most the offense has produced in a single game since the 2009 opener against St. Vincent. Joe Rollins led the offensive attack, finding the end zone a career-high four times for the most rushing TDs by the same player since Jason Hartman ran for four scores against Catholic on Sept. 18, 2004. JT Kotowski (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) caught his first career touchdown among the offensive outburst. Keith Woodrow (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) caught the other TD.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: McDaniel put up a season-high 38 points in Saturday's loss to Susquehanna. The Green Terror also had a season-high 449 yards of total offense behind 286 on the ground. Ryan Yamada established a career high with 163 yards passing and two touchdowns in his first start. Aqil Tweedy (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) caught five of those passes for 70 yards. It also marked the first time this season McDaniel outgained an opponent, edging Susquehanna by 52 yards.
LIKE A BAKERY: The Green Terror offense turned the ball over five more times on Saturday while the defense did not force any. It marked the fourth time this season that the defense did not have a takeaway and was the third game this season in which McDaniel had a turnover margin of minus-3 or worse and second time the margin was minus-5. The squad is tied for 236th of 239 ranked teams in Division III with its -2.00 turnover margin. Only Nichols (-2.10) and Maranatha Bible (-2.11) are worse.
TERROR TIDBITS: The Green Terror has not had the same starting lineup in any game this season. The offense put the same starting 11 on the field against Ursinus and Gettysburg and the same group against Dickinson and Juniata. However, the defense has not had the same lineup in any of the first nine games… Saturday marked the second time this season that McDaniel scored first. Those are the only two games this season (Dickinson) in which the Green Terror has held a lead… In all eight CC games this season, opponents have recorded no fewer than the last two scores of the game against McDaniel. The Green Terror is being outscored 88-25 in the fourth quarter – its largest deficit in any quarter this season.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his first season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 0-9. He spent the last eight seasons as the defensive coordinator, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011. In his first season at Albright, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship. His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl… Jim Margraff is in his 23rd season at Johns Hopkins. The all-time winngingest coach in program history, he has compiled a record of 155-80-3 in his tenure with the Blue Jays. After earning a share of three consecutive conference titles, Margraff led Johns Hopkins to its first outright claim to the title and NCAA tournament bid in 2005 and once again took the outright crown in 2009 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2010, the squad once again shared the CC title before taking the outright title again in 2011. The Blue Jays have also claimed four ECAC titles in his tenure.
THE WORD ON JOHNS HOPKINS: The Blue Jays enter today's regular-season finale off its first loss of the year – a 14-12 setback at Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Johns Hopkins rallied to within 14-12. Trailing 14-6 late in the fourth quarter, Braden Anderson directed a 14-play, 84-yard drive that Jonathan Rigaud capped with a seven-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds remaining. Anderson's pass to the corner of the end zone on the two-point attempt sailed over the head of Bob D'Orzio and F&M recovered the ensuing onsides kick to secure the victory… Johns Hopkins fell from 13th to 21st in the d3football.com poll after the loss… Rigaud led the way with 114 yards rushing on Saturday. He is the only conference running back other than McDaniel's Joe Rollins to eclipse 1,000 yards on the season. Rigaud enters the final regular-season game with a CC-high 1,173 yards, ranking second with his 130.3 yard-per-game average. He leads the conference with 18 touchdowns… Daniel Wodicka is the second in the conference in receptions per game (7.56) and third in receiving yards per game (71.8)… The 12 points on Saturday was the first time this season that Johns Hopkins had been held to fewer than 33 points this season. The Blue Jays are currently tied with Gettysburg for the conference's top scoring offense at 37.4 points per game… JHU is second in the CC in scoring defense (15.8 ppg)… Saturday's loss snapped the Blue Jays' 22-game regular season winning streak and 20-game conference winning streak.