Series History: Johns Hopkins and Franklin & Marshall meet for the 65th time in a series that began in Baltimore with a 10-3 F&M win in 1912. The Diplomats hold a 35-27-2 lead in the series and an 18-13-2 lead in Baltimore. Since Centennial Conference play began in 1983, Johns Hopkins owns a 17-13 edge. Hopkins had won 10 straight over F&M leading up to the 2007 meeting, a 19-11 F&M win. That was Hopkins' longest streak in the series. F&M owns the longest streak between the two teams, taking 17 matchups between 1971 and 1988.
The Last Meeting: Franklin & Marshall took a 14-point lead into the third quarter and held off a Johns Hopkins' rally to defeat the ninth-ranked Blue Jays 14-12. The win snapped Hopkins' 22-regular season winning streak, including 20-straight in CC play, and marks the first victory in the series for F&M since 2007.
E.J. Schneider completed 20-of-28 passes for a game-high 189 yards and two touchdowns and added another 86 yards on the ground to pace the F&M offense. Frank Strumolo picked up 44 yards on the ground while Jordan Zackery and Paul McGann both finished with 56 yards. Tim Muller hauled in six passes for 53 yards for the Diplomats.
Sam Massaro spearheaded the bend-but-don't-break F&M defense that held Hopkins scoreless in four of its six trips inside the 20 and to its lowest point total of the season. The senior linebacker had 10 stops (7s, 3a), one tackle for a loss, an interception and a forced fumble. Ryan Feulner, Kenny Provost, Mike Shin, Ryan Young and Brendan Wengerter all came away with eight tackles. Nick Barbieri had five stops on the day.
The Blue Jays outgained the Diplomats 447-317 as Anderson threw for a career-high 153 yards and one touchdown. Rigaud rushed for 114 yards and one score while Dan Wodicka had 10 catches for 102 yards.
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