Johns Hopkins trailed Swarthmore 17-0 early in the second quarter in the rain at Homewood Field last night. But the Blue Jays did all the scoring from there and won, 40-17.
John Guglielmo, Hopkins' senior quarterback, was ineffective for the first 20 minutes but came on to throw touchdown passes to Joe Richards and Pete Lambis. Guglielmo also scored a touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.
Guglielmo finished the game 20-for-31 with 300 yards.
Chuck Wotkowicz, a freshman running back from Adams, Mass., scored Hopkins' final three touchdowns on runs of 1, 3 and 1 yards -- although he didn't enter the game until early in the last quarter.
"I knew I was ready when Bob Beach came out with a pinched nerve in his neck," said Wotkowicz. "I can't believe I got three touchdowns."
Of the slow start, Hopkins coach Jim Margraff said, "I don't know why we started so slowly. We worked hard during the week. . . .
"Even when we were behind 17-0, we were very confident we could come back. Some things were open and we thought we could take advantage of them."
The win gave Hopkins a 2-0 record and made the Blue Jays 1-0 in the Centennial Conference. Swarthmore is 1-1 and 0-1.
Swarthmore's first score was set up when Beach fumbled at his own 15-yard line and the ball was recovered by the visitors' Brian Luetke.
Dave Reiser shot through for nine yards to the 6-yard line and then for four more and a first down at the 2.
Kurk Selverian ran it in for the touchdown and Matt Minero kicked the extra point. With 2:41 left in the first quarter, Swarthmore led 7-0.
Early in the second quarter Swarthmore caught Hopkins napping when, on a fake punt, quarterback Patrick Straub, the up man, took the snap and passed to Mark Fink for a first down at Hopkins' 25.
The Hopkins defense stiffened and Minero kicked a 42-yard field goal to put the Garnet ahead 10-0 with 11:55 left in the half.
The slim crowd was stunned 21 seconds later when Guglielmo dropped back to pass, was blind-sided by a Swarthmore tackler and fumbled. It was picked up on the bounce by Selverian and carried 29 yards for a touchdown. Minero kicked the extra point and underdog Swarthmore led 17-0.
For the first time Hopkins' offense came to life as the Blue Jays put together an 81-yard drive and scored.
Beach exploded for 18 yards to his own 38-yard line. Guglielmo passed to Kevin Neal to the Swarthmore 36. On the next play, Guglielmo hit tight end Pete Lambis for 21 yards.
Beach ran nine yards for a first down at the 5. From the 3-yard line Guglielmo reached Lambis in the end zone. Ryan Wallace kicked the extra point. With 6:56 left in the half, Hopkins trailed 17-7.
Hopkins needed only 1 minute, 31 seconds of the third quarter to move to its second touchdown.
Guglielmo connected with Joe Richards on two big passes en route to the score -- a 36-yarder to the Swarthmore 20 and a 13-yarder for the touchdown. Ryan Wallace's conversion was blocked and the Garnet led, 17-13.
With 5:39 remaining in the third quarter, Guglielmo sneaked in from the 1 for a touchdown, Brad Beckman kicked the extra point and Hopkins took the lead for the first time, 20-17.