Colgate Raiders football

The Colgate Raiders football team represents Colgate University in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) college football competition as a member of the Patriot League.[2]

Colgate Raiders
2021 Colgate Raiders football team
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First season1890
Athletic directorNicki Moore
Head coachStan Dakosty (interim)
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumCrown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium
(capacity: 10,221)
Year built1966
LocationHamilton, New York
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferencePatriot League
All-time record656–488–50 (.570)
Claimed national titles1
Conference titles10
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans6
Current uniform
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ColorsMaroon and white[1]
OutfitterUnder Armour


Colgate football team on a cigarette card by Turkish cigarettes company Murad (1910)

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 an 8–1 record, with the lone loss coming against Yale, 7–3.[3]

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.[4] In 1932, Colgate finished undefeated, untied and unscored upon with a 9–0 record. They outscored their opponents 234–0.[3] Parke H. Davis selected the 1932 Red Raiders to share the national championship.[4][5]: 233–35  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."[6] The team was considered as a candidate to play in the first Sugar Bowl in January 1935 but the honor went to Temple University.[7]

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, having won 15 straight games that season (12-0 Schedule, 3 Playoff Wins), becoming the first and only Patriot League team to ever do so (achieving a final record of 15-1). There, the Raiders lost to Delaware, 40–0.[3] 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.[4]


  • 1937–1972: NCAA University Division
  • 1972–1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–1981: NCAA Division I–A
  • 1982–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

  • 1890–1972: Independent
  • 1973–1977: Division I Independent
  • 1978–1981: Division I–A Independent
  • 1982–1985: Division I–AA Independent
  • 1986–present: Patriot League


National championshipsEdit

Year Selectors Coach Record
1932 Parke H. Davis[5] Andrew Kerr 9–0

Conference championshipsEdit

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 (COY) 15–1 7–0
2005 Patriot League Dick Biddle 8–4 5–1
2008 Patriot League Dick Biddle 9–3 5–0
2012 Patriot League Dick Biddle 8–4 5–0
2015 Patriot League Dan Hunt 9–5 6–0
2017 Patriot League Dan Hunt 7–4 5–1
2018 Patriot League Dan Hunt 10–2 6–0

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

The Raiders have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs 11 times with a record of 7–11.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982 First Round
Boston University
W 21–7
L 13–20
1983 First Round Western Carolina L 23–24
1997 First Round Villanova L 28–49
1998 First Round Georgia Southern L 28–49
1999 First Round Illinois State L 13–56
2003 First Round
National Championship Game
Western Illinois
Florida Atlantic
W 19–7
W 28–27
W 36–24
L 0–40
2005 First Round New Hampshire L 21–55
2008 First Round Villanova L 28–55
2012 First Round Wagner L 20–31
2015 First Round
Second Round
New Hampshire
James Madison
Sam Houston State
W 27–20
W 44–38
L 21–48
2018 Second Round
James Madison
North Dakota State
W 23–20
L 0–35

Notable playersEdit

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of November 22, 2019.[8]

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
at Western Michigan at Furman at Maine Dartmouth at Maine at Colorado
at William & Mary William & Mary at Army
at Syracuse at Brown Furman
New Hampshire at Cornell at Stanford


  1. ^ "Colgate's Color Palette | Colgate University Communications Office". Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "Colgate Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c 2008 Football Media Guide (PDF), Colgate University, p. 122, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2007, retrieved December 5, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Okeson, Walter R., ed. (1935). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1935. New York: American Sports Publishing Co.
  6. ^ Andrew Kerr, Class of 1900 Archived November 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Dickinson College, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "Name 'Sugar Bowl' Elevens Tonight". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1934-12-03. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  8. ^ "Colgate Raiders Football Future Schedules". Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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