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Raider D swats down two FGs in regulation
Princeton, NJ - Forty-three years
since the last time we saw these two teams play, it seemed that history would
repeat itself and the Re
The Tigers moved down the field on its first possession, but Ben Bologna's FG attempt from 36 yards was blocked, and the two teams finished out the first period tied 0-0. With 5:01 left in the first half, QB Greg Sullivan (19 rushes for 52 yards, 1 TD) broke the scoreless tie with a 2-yard TD run to put the Red Raiders up, 7-0. Princeton seemed to finally solve the Colgate defense with a drive of its own, but again, the Colgate defense knocked down Bologna's second FG attempt from 24 with :34 left in the half. Colgate held the lead at halftime, and we watched the PU band perform to one of their relatively mild, halftime monologues, but how often do you get to see a band play hockey during halftime with a plastic pumpkin?
Neither team mounted any offense in the third as both defenses played very tough. Not until the final period did the Tigers put together a drive for a score when Tommy Wornham ( 19-34, 2 TD, 1 INT, 215 yards) connected with wide open Trey Peacock for a 31-yard TD pass and knotted the score, 7-7. The two battled it out to a stalemate by the end of regulation, but GGA Roberts and I noted that Colgate Head Coach Dick Biddle was reluctant to allow his PK Evan Colborne to try for three on several occasions by instead seeking a first down. However, the Tiger defense was generally up to the task. LB Scott Britton figured in on 16 tackles with 2.5 for 16 yards in losses.
possession first in the initial OT, and on the third play Wornham connected with
a diving Andrew Kerr over the middle for a 23-yard TD . Bologna's kick was
good and Princeton finally had a lead. But, Colgate's rushing attack which
netted a tough 218 yards on the day, relied on Sullivan and Eachus to take turns
carrying the ball until Eachus took it over from the two on the fifth play
to tie it back up, 14-14, with Colborne's conversion. Colgate would get
the ball first in the second OT as GGA Roberts stated that if Colgate scored, he
just didn't see Wornham up to the task to bring back the Tigers. Eachus
carried the ball on six of nine plays before taking it over again from the two,
and the PAT was good for a 21-14 Colgate lead. Charlie was right. A
one-yard run by Wornham followed by three incomplete passes sealed the Red
Raider victory. It was hard-fought defensive struggle throughout
regulation, but the Colgate ground game was too much at the Princeton 25 both
times it had the ball. PU just did not have the attack to come from behind
at the very end. The Red Raiders (6-0, 1-0) remain unbeaten and will most
likely remain so after next week's game at Patriot League doormat Georgetown.
The conference showdown will be one week later when the Raiders head to
Worcester, MA to face fellow Patriot front-runner Holy Cross. Princeton
(1-3, 0-1) focuses on the Ivy League the rest of the way traveling to Brown next