JHU piles up yards to little avail, 50-27

487 in total offense no help against power of No. 3 Bridgewater

College Football

September 22, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If someone would have told Johns Hopkins coach Frank Margraff before last night's game that his team would set a school record for offensive plays in a game and run up 487 yards in total offense, he probably would have been elated.

But in hindsight, it didn't matter much.

In spite of running 91 offensive plays, the Blue Jays (2-1) were beaten, 50-27, by Division III powerhouse Bridgewater (3-0) at Homewood Field.

Bridgewater's Davon Cruz led all rushers with 212 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. Hopkins freshman Adam Cook, who began the season as a third-stringer, led the Blue Jays with 120 yards on 18 carries, 107 of which came in the first half.

Hopkins outgained Bridgewater, 487 yards to 403, for the game.

"Whenever you play a team like Bridgewater, it takes a highlighter out and highlights your weaknesses," said Margraff. "Going into conference play next week, maybe this shows us what we need to work on."

In spite of the fact that Hopkins had an advantage in total yards (322-211) and time of possession (22:53 to 7:07) in the first half, the Blue Jays trailed 28-17 at halftime. It didn't get any better in the second half.

Each time it appeared Hopkins would make a run at the Eagles, the host team was victimized by either Cruz or a big play.

Hopkins appeared to have Bridgewater, ranked third nationally in Division III, on its heels early. After Matthew Andrade's 36-yard field goal gave the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, Hopkins then went with an onside kick and recovered the ball.

Although the subsequent drive didn't lead to any points, it did keep the Eagles' high-powered offense off the field.

The Blue Jays continued to move the ball on their next series, but they soon learned that you can't make a mistake against a team like Bridgewater.

On first and 10 from the Bridgewater 48, Heleniak's handoff to Nate Readal went awry, and the ball popped straight up. Bridgewater's Lonnie Parker came down with it and ran 47 yards untouched to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead.

After Bridgewater held Hopkins to six plays on its next drive, the Eagles got the ball back at their 16. Cruz burst through a hole between guard and tackle on the next play and ran 84 yards untouched into the end zone to run the lead to 14-3.

Brdgewtr 7 21 7 15 - 50

Hopkins 3 14 0 7 - 27

First quarter H-FG Andrade 36 B-Parker 47 fumble recovery (Rowe kick) Second quarter B-Cruz 84 run (Rowe kick) H-Lehman 23 pass from Heleniak (Andrade kick) B-Cruz 9 run (Rowe kick) H-Heleniak 4 run (Andrade kick) B-Lutz 1 run (Rowe kick) Third quarter B-Lutz 12 run (Rowe kick) H-FG Andrade 27 Fourth quarter B-Cruz 27 run (Scherer run) B-Cruz 40 run (Rowe kick)

B JH

First downs 17 30

Rushes-yards 36-376 49-231

Passing 37 247

Comp-Att-Int 4-10-1 21-42-3

Punts-Avg. 3-46.0 3-30.7

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 8-72 1-5

Time of Possession 19:59 40:08

Rushing-Bridgewater, Cruz 14-212, Lutz 11-83, Kelley 6-61, Johnson 2-10. Johns Hopkins, Cook 18-120, Har. Lightfoot 7-36, Nuni 6-32, Readal 8-29. Passing-Bridgewater College: Lutz 8-3-1-27, Jenkins 2-1-0-10. Johns Hopkins: Heleniak 42-21-3-247. Receiving-Bridgewater College: Ratliff 2-29, Jones 1-6, Cruz 1-2. Johns Hopkins: Baylin 7-57, Lehman 4-80, Miller 3-23, Cook 2-25.

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