A football game that featured 75 points and nearly 900 yards of total offense became the 500th all-time victory in school history for Johns Hopkins.
The Blue Jays (9-0, 8-0 Centennial Conference) secured an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs with a 45-30 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at Homewood Field.
The Blue Jays will represent the league in the NCAA playoffs for the third straight year and the fifth time since 2005. Johns Hopkins improved its all-time record to 500-476-58 with the victory, and Jim Margraff got his 250th win as a head coach.
Hopkins, which had led 7-0 early, trailed 20-14 midway through the second quarter and then used a 17-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Diplomats (5-4, 5-3) trailed 14-6 late in the second quarter after the first of JD Abbott's two touchdown runs for Johns Hopkins, but quarterback E.J.Schneider completed a pair of touchdown passes to Jordan Zackery to give Franklin & Marshall a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter.
The Blue Jays cut the deficit in half on a 31-yard field goal by freshman Nick Campbell midway through the period, and the Diplomats moved from their own 24 to Hopkins' 49 late in the half before a game-turning play gave the Blue Jays the lead for good.
On second-and-2 from the Blue Jays 49, Schneider was flushed from the pocket and tried to pass to Tim Muller on the outside. John Arena intercepted the pass at the 46-yard line and ran 54yards for a 24-20 Hopkins lead with 79seconds left in the half.
Ithaca 24, Salisbury 23, OT: The host Sea Gulls (5-4, 4-2) saw their title defense of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference championship come to an end with an overtime loss to the Bombers (8-1, 6-1).
The Bombers completed a five-play, 25-yard drive for a 24-17 lead in overtime. Salisbury answered with a 4-yard touchdown run by John Dunbar, but the extra-point attempt failed.
With the win, Ithaca clinched at least a share of the title and locks up the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament, something the Sea Gulls had claimed during their first two seasons in the Empire 8.
Bowie State 30, Elizabeth City State 21: Keith Brown had 28 carries for 280 yards, a career high and school record, as the visiting Bulldogs (5-5, 3-4 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) won their third straight.
The Vikings fell to 4-6, 4-3.
Hartwick 41, Frostburg State 14: The visiting Hawks (5-4, 2-4 Empire 8) halted a four-game losing streak with 28 unanswered points. The Bobcats fell to 1-8, 0-6.
McDaniel 43, Susquehanna 42: With the visiting Green Terror (2-7, 2-6 Centennial Conference) trailing 42-35, Seth McFall completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nick O'Meila and Britton Hasting scored on a 2-point conversion to lift McDaniel over the Crusaders (1-8, 1-7).
McFall went 20-for-29 for 229 yards and three touchdowns. The win broke a six-game losing streak.
Lebanon Valley 30, Stevenson 6: The Flying Dutchmen (8-1, 7-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) scored 30 straight points to beat the visting Mustangs (4-5, 3-5).
Stevenson's lone score came with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter. Lebanon Valley's Brendan Kain fumbled at the Flying Dutchmen's 7-yard line and Stevenson defensive lineman Scott Lange recovered the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun