Johns Hopkins quarterback John Guglielmo said the Blue Jays thought they needed to keep scoring to beat Ursinus.
And that's what they did.
Guglielmo threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, Hari Lymon ran for 116 yards, and Chuck Wotkowicz ran for three touchdowns, as Johns Hopkins outlasted Ursinus, 42-34, in a Centennial Conference game yesterday at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins (3-2, 2-1) moved the ball well throughout the game. The Blue Jays finished with 513 yards total offense (320 passing, 193 rushing) and punted once.
Lymon added 86 yards on kickoff returns and posted his best numbers of the season.
Guglielmo, however, may have been the key. The senior struggled the past two weeks but completed 19 of 29 yesterday -- including 11 of 15 in the second half.
"The last two weeks I had poor games," said Guglielmo. "This week I had to get the job done."
Said Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff: "What we needed out of him was positive yardage plays. He played very well."
Guglielmo opened the scoring by hitting Gary Campbell with a 36-yard touchdown pass with 1:40 left in the first quarter. Guglielmo added a 3-yard run with 1:29 left in the half as the Blue Jays took a 21-7 lead.
Johns Hopkins did a good job on defense, especially in the first half. Bill Sedgwick of Ursinus (3-2, 2-2) finished with 129 yards and four touchdowns, but Hopkins limited him to 45 yards in the first half.
"They did a terrific job defensively, especially in the first half," said Ursinus coach Steve Gilbert. "They played real well against our offense."
Ursinus rallied in the second half, thanks to Sedgwick, the nation's No. 2 Division III runner entering the game.
He scored on a 51-yard run in the third quarter, and his 10-yard run on the first play of the final quarter cut the deficit to 21-20. Brian Suth then missed the game-tying extra point.
The Blue Jays answered with a 13-play, 57-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Wotkowicz for a 28-20 lead.
The Bears came right back, as Sedgwick scored on a 1-yard run with 8:57 left. Ursinus went for the tie, but Chris Chipman dropped a pass from Brian Lafond (12 of 28, 252 yards).
Johns Hopkins scored on each of its next two possessions to seal the victory.
Guglielmo found Joe Richards in the left corner with a 7-yard scoring pass, and Wotkowicz added a 3-yard touchdown run for a 42-26 lead.
"We played smart. We didn't turn the ball over," said Margraff. "We played much better team football."
Ursinus 0 7 7 20 -- 34
Johns Hopkins 7 14 0 21 -- 42