Johns Hopkins stopped two Dickinson scoring attempts in the final three minutes yesterday to enable the underdog Blue Jays to tie the Red Devils, 14-14, at sun-swept Homewood Field.
Dickinson (6-1-1), which has lost only to Western Maryland, drove from its 5 to a first down on the Hopkins 8, but Mike Krasnow's field-goal attempt on fourth down from 25 yards away hit the right upright with 3 minutes, 3 seconds remaining.
Steve Miholovich's 43-yard field-goal attempt with two seconds remaining went wide to the right, leaving Hopkins (3-4-1) with a tie.
"Our defense played extremely well," said Hopkins coach Jim Margraff. "We said before the game we wanted to play good defense and be in a position to win the game in the fourth quarter."
Quarterback John Guglielmo entered the game midway through the second quarter when Hopkins starter Scott Cade bruised ligaments on the knuckles of his throwing hand.
Guglielmo competed a pass to Paul Ferreri for 49 yards and a touchdown for a 7-0 Hopkins lead. Ferreri caught the pass in the left flat, ran over a defensive back and outran a linebacker for the final 40 yards.
After Dickinson had rallied in the third quarter for a pair of touchdowns by tailback John Bernatavitz, who gained 188 yards on 33 carries, Guglielmo brought the Blue Jays back.
Guglielmo, who completed eight of 23 passes for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns, drove Hopkins 69 yards in 14 plays, completing three passes for 32 yards on the march, the final one for 2 yards to Erik Mont for the touchdown. Marzio Trotta's extra point gained the tie at 14.
Despite being sacked six times, Guglielmo praised his offensive line, saying: "They did a super job. Dickinson is ranked fifth in the nation in defense, and they have a lot of talented guys who were blitzing all day. We came through in the clutch."
Margraff said: "We didn't lose a thing by Cade going out. We have two starting quarterbacks. Guglielmo did a great job. I have great confidence in both quarterbacks."
The Hopkins coach used the game as a barometer.
"Dickinson is one of the best Division III programs in the East, and we wanted to see how well we stacked up against them. I think we showed today that we can play with a lot of teams. We still need a few more bodies, but we're coming along," he said.
Wide receiver Joe Richards, who caught four passes for 29 yards, said of Guglielmo: "He throws a nice ball and puts it right there. We knew we had to play well because Dickinson is a great team. We put it on the line. Our defense did a great job at the end for us."