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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Don't Count Colgate Out Yet

Ah, the sweet nectar of victory. No, make that upset victory. Wait, make that upset victory over UMass! Colgate took down #13 UMass 17-14 in one of the better defensive performances I've seen this team ever put on. Steve Baylark and the entire UMass rushing attack was held to 84 yards. Tim Day was intercepted four times and his replacement Liam Coen was picked off once. I am plenty satisified that Mr. Day was sacked twice after it was pointed out that he hadn't been sacked in four games.

The Colgate offense still needs plenty of work, but it was steady and didn't make a lot of mistakes. That is certainly a step in the right direction. There was also plenty of youth on that side of the ball. Steve Hansen, J.J. Bennett, Brent Dillingham, Steve Jonas: all freshman who saw a lot of time on the field (not to forget Sam Breslin seeing a ton of action on the defensive side).

Colgate just made a huge statement with this game. Last week's loss is behind us; the team was focused and hungry - and the defense looked amazing. I'm sure I'll think of more as the weekend progresses, but hot damn - Colgate ain't ready to call this a "rebuilding" season just yet!

Oh, and thank goodness the 'gate made it back on the helmets. I bet there is a story there!

14 Comments:

  • when you get a chance,comment on those saders--maybe hc is back--silva continues to use your motivation

    By Blogger hchoops, at 7:11 PM  

  • WOW!! I always said that was the hardest place to win a game. Good Win....another notch for the PL!
    -Lafalum29

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 PM  

  • Held the Umass rushing attack to 84 yards? Gate only had 85. Allowing 451 yards of offense and you call it the "one of the better defensive performances I've seen this team ever put on" You won because of the 8 turnovers and that is the only reason. Our D by far outplayed your D. 3 pts and just 167 yards of total offense(29 from your punter) I dont want to make this sound like a bitter loss but just the way you did your writeup rubs me the wrong way. Be happy you won the game but dont change the facts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:07 AM  

  • Yes there is a story about the helmet.

    The Raiders are 6-27-1 without 'gate on the helmet since they first wore it in 1977.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 AM  

  • Hi UMass fans

    NO SNOW THIS TIME TO COMPLAIN ABOUT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • Dear bitter UMass fan -

    Yes, THE FACT IS COLGATE HELD UMASS TO 84 YARDS RUSHING! That is a great defensive performance! I'm not talking about Colgate's offense here. Focus on what the Colgate D did to you UMass: scored 14 points off of turnovers and shut you out for 3 quarters. That's a hell of a defensive day against the supposed #15 team in the country that boasts a Walter Payton candidate and transfers from SU, Hawaii and whatnot.

    Gate gave up 223 yards in offense and two scores in the fourth quarter. Due to the anemic Colgate offense, they were on the field a ton, often going back to back series because of turnovers. They brought it all day long. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, they were out of gas. Then they stepped up again for one last series.

    Screw all the yards given up on those under routes. We'll give those any day while trying to protect a lead.

    give credit where it is due. Colgate defense ruled the day.

    By Blogger colgate13, at 12:41 PM  

  • Way to bounce back 'gate. Was heartened when I heard the score. With Lafayette's win over the Spiders and our strong showing at Delaware, the "Big 3" are back again. Looking forward to the rest of this season more than ever.
    --Ngineer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM  

  • Any observation as to the performance
    of the frosh running back , JJ Bennett?

    It was a tough game to make your first
    start but it sounds like he has plenty
    to offer .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 PM  

  • ngineer--maybe there will be an addition to your "big 3 "

    By Blogger hchoops, at 2:25 PM  

  • hchoops--I'll reserve judgement pending the next two weeks--win one of those two and add you in!
    -ngineer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:54 PM  

  • To the UMass poster...

    UMass 1Q 9 plays 61 yds. How many turnovers?

    UMass 2Q 25 plays 77 yds. 11 plays and 62 yds coming on last series in 2 minute offense and Colgate in prevent D. How many turnovers? How many points?

    UMass 3Q Overpowering. 16 plays 15 yards. How many turnovers?

    Half of Umass' passes came in the 4Q when they were in a virtual 2 minute drill for the whole quarter. And that's when most of their total offense came. Keep rationalizing, but you guys got your asses kicked by our defense.

    Baylark? over rated
    Day? over rated

    You couldn't run on us at all.

    5 INTs

    14 defensive points scored offsets your 14 offensive points scored.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:53 PM  

  • You gues had 8 men in the box all game to stop Baylark... Your main goal was to stop our running game. You did a good job at stoping the run. In the 4th, we gave up on the run and passed you to death. If your happy about a win by 3 points in which you got 8 turnovers and 14 points from your D then so be it... Also please tell me why your D would be more tired then ours when our D was on the field 10 more minutes? We shut you down much more then you did us. Ill take a 3 pt loss when we had 8 turnovers anyday... you make it seem like you dominated us. If you beat us by much more then I would have no comments to make besides congrats... the thing is you are lucky to come away with the victory. Enjoy it because both of us know who will have a better season!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 PM  

  • Colgate's goal was to win the game. Stopping the UMass running game was a step toward that goal. With 8 men in the box the passing game should have been wide open with the receiving talent you have. That was shut down for three quarters and the picks and the third quarter fummble recovery/TD were the result of the Colgate defenders physically beating the UMass players. Did you actually see the game?

    If you're happy with a loss, so be it. You should be ecstatic all week! You can argue that you shut us down more than we shut you down, but we shut you down when and where it counted - the scoreboard.

    You should take a look at your team because it is not as good as you seem to think it is. You had trouble with Richmond, (getting, hmmm, 4 INTS, I believe), which lost to Lafayette. You lost to Colgate. What happens when you play Delaware (which won in OT against Lehigh)? Don't be so sure you'll end up with better season than Colgate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:17 AM  

  • UMassfan - You really do live in la la land, don't you?

    If a team can keep a passing attack in check with 3 men and the opposing team had a supposed Walter Payton candidate, why the heck wouldn't a defensive plan to have 8 men up? LOOKS LIKE IT WORKED! The previous Colgate poster pretty much made my points for me. You look at this loss and see that Colgate sucked or that UMass was a better team? You are dellusional. You think your team is certain to have a better season than Colgate? You have the majority of the A-10 schedule ahead of you and a I-A vs. Army ahead. It will not be easy for UMass to have a 7-4 season, which is a very good possibility for Colgate.

    Your time of possession comment is very funny. It shows you never played football. You're hanging your opinion on a statistic that can be misleading. If you actually watched the game you would see and know that Colgate's defense was doing back to back series several times and since our offense was hurting, there were plenty of 3 and outs. UMass had 27 first downs to Colgate's 9. That right there throws your time of possesion point out the window.

    Have fun the rest of the season. Colgate will be just fine. I will love to know that you are stewing on this all year long.

    By Blogger colgate13, at 8:24 AM  

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