December 20, 2003


Colgate's Bid for Perfection Hits Wall (PETE THAMEL, December 20, 2003. NY Times)

Colgate's charmed football season ended with a thud Friday night.

Overmatched in size and speed by a Delaware team that has thrived in the playoffs, the Raiders fell, 40-0, in the Division I-AA national championship game at Finley Stadium.

A season of records, firsts and indelible moments sputtered because the Raiders (15-1) made uncharacteristic mistakes, failed to establish the running game of tailback Jamaal Branch and could notstop Blue Hens quarterback Andy Hall.

Two first-quarter Colgate blunders — a poor punt after a one-hop snap and a fumble by quarterback Chris Brown — helped Delaware take a 20-0 lead that Colgate never threatened. "We got down and stayed down," Colgate safety Sean McCune said.

The weather was even a fitting omen for Colgate; five minutes before kickoff, snow flurries turned into snow squalls. That excited Colgate's 3,500 fans. The snow, however, dissipated by kickoff, and Colgate soon followed.

The author doesn't come right out and say it, but, if you read between the lines, it seems obvious he's saying that Delaware cheated, not least by tampering with the weather.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2003 3:40 PM

Has Colgate crested?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 20, 2003 7:31 PM

Oh, ye mortals, the Football Gods are a fickle lot!

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 20, 2003 8:55 PM

So they get to keep company with the Iron Dukes.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 21, 2003 12:35 AM

Boy, that is almost as big as K-State thumping Oklahoma in the Big-12 championship.

Posted by: pchuck at December 21, 2003 9:35 AM