Abbott scores twice, JHU football pulls away for win at Muhlenberg

Junior runs for pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in 33-21 victory

JD Abbott ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and the 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team pulled away for a 33-21 win at Muhlenberg on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Jays (4-0) led 20-16 entering the final period, but Abbott scored from 9 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter and added a 3-yard scoring run about eight minutes later. The junior finished with 99 yards on 18 carries.

Senior Jonathan Rigaud led JHU's ground game with 131 yards on 22 attempts, including a 56-yard first-quarter touchdown run. The Blue Jays also scored on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Robbie Matey to junior Bob D'Orazio, and junior Richie Carbone converted field goals from 23 yards and 42 yards out.

On defense, junior safety John Arena led Johns Hopkins with eight tackles, and Matthew Connery had five tackles, including three for loss.

The loss was the first of the season for Muhlenberg, which fell to 3-1.

The Blue Jays put their 18-game regular-season winning streak on the line Saturday against Juniata at noon at Homewood Field.

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