Colgate Raiders football

Colgate Raiders football
Colgate Raiders
Colgate Raiders.svg
First season 1890
Head coach Dick Biddle
14 year, 113–51  (.689)
Home stadium Andy Kerr Stadium
Stadium capacity 10,221
Stadium surface
Location Hamilton, New York
Conference Patriot League
All-time record 597–445–51 (.570)
Postseason bowl record
Claimed national titles 2
Conference titles 6
Consensus All-Americans 6
Colors Maroon and white            
Rivalries Cornell
Syracuse (defunct; teams will play on Sept. 25, 2010 in the Carrier Dome)

The Colgate Raiders football team represents Colgate University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) college football competition as a member of the Patriot League.



In 1915, Colgate recorded its 100th victory with a win over Army and also beat Yale on their way to a 5–1 finish. The following season, they compiled a 8–1 record, with the lone loss coming against Yale, 7–3.[1] For the 1916 season, Parke H. Davis named Colgate as the national co-champions.[2]

During the Great Depression, there was a proliferation of postseason benefit games to raise money for the unemployed. On December 6, 1930, Colgate traveled to New York City's Yankee Stadium to play New York University (NYU) in one of these games and won, 7–0.[3] In 1932, Colgate finished undefeated, untied, and unscored upon with a 9–0 record. They outscored their opponents, 234 points to 0.[1] Parke H. Davis named the Red Raiders the national champions.[3] They did not, however, receive an invitation to the 1933 Rose Bowl, and as such, have been referred to as "undefeated, untied, unscored upon, and uninvited."[4] The team was considered as a candidate to play in the first Sugar Bowl in January 1935 but the honor went to Temple University.[5]

In 1982, Colgate football was relegated from the Division I-A to Division I-AA (now FCS) level. Since then, the team has advanced to the playoffs numerous times. In 2003, Colgate advanced to the Division I FCS final, becoming the first and only Patriot League team to ever do so. There, the Raiders lost to Delaware, 40-0.[1] Two Raiders have received the Walter Payton Award for most outstanding player in Division I-AA: Kenny Gamble in 1987 and Jamaal Branch in 2003.[3]


National championships

Year Selectors Coach Record
1916 Parke H. Davis[3] Laurence Bankart 8-1
1932 Parke H. Davis[3] Andrew Kerr 9-0

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1997 Patriot League Dick Biddle 7–5 6–0
1999 Patriot League Dick Biddle 10–2 5–1
2002 Patriot League Dick Biddle 9–3 6–1
2003 Patriot League Dick Biddle 15–1 7–0
2005 Patriot League Dick Biddle 8–4 5–1
2008 Patriot League Dick Biddle 9–3 5–0


  1. ^ a b c 2008 Football Media Guide (PDF), Colgate University, p. 122, 2008.
  2. ^ "Past Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I FBS) National Champions". Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2007, retrieved December 5, 2008.
  4. ^ Andrew Kerr, Class of 1900, Dickinson College, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "Name 'Sugar Bowl' Elevens Tonight". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1934-12-03.,386377&dq=sugar+bowl&hl=en. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 

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