Football: Johns Hopkins defense smothers Susquehanna in home-opener

Blue Jays tally nine sacks, Matey accounts for three TDs in 24-7 win

Johns Hopkins quarterback Robbie Matey ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and the Blue Jays defense notched nine sacks as JHU won its home-opener 24-7 against Susquehanna on Saturday at Homewood Field.

Image caption: Susquehanna at Johns Hopkins

Matey threw for 242 yards and staked the Blue Jays (2-0) to a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when he connected with Brandon Cherry on a 36-yard touchdown pass. The senior QB added scoring runs of 6 and 13 yards as JHU piled up 485 yards and pulled away for the win in its Centennial Conference opener.

J.D. Abbott ran for a career-high 125 yards on 20 attempts for the Blue Jays, and Cherry added 76 yards on the ground. Receiver Bob D'Orazio hauled in six passes for 66 yards. The Blue Jays were slowed by four turnovers.

The Crusaders (0-2) were limited to 122 total yards and were tackled for loss 12 times, including nine sacks. Senior Andy Laychur had 2.5 sacks, and junior Matt Connery had two sacks among his team-high 10 tackles.

Johns Hopkins returns to action Saturday when it visits Moravian (0-2).

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