Colgate stuns #23 Cal Poly 20-14

Raiders open the season with road win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (Colgate Athletics) -  


COLGATE 20.....#23 CAL POLY 14......


Colgate put on a near picture-perfect display for three quarters and then held off a furious Cal Poly rally to post a 20-14 intersectional victory over No. 23 Mustangs here Saturday.

With the ESPNU cameras rolling and a national television audience tuned in, Colgate jumped to a 20-0 lead through the first 45 minutes. James Holland Jr., returned from injury to rush for a 17-yard touchdown and Alex Mathews added a 57-yard scamper to highlight the Raider offense.

Carmine Scarfone emerged relatively unscathed from his first collegiate start – and snap –. Scarfone led his opening drive of the game 75 yards in 11 plays for a Chris Puzzi 27-yard field goal. He finished 8-of-15 passing for 94 yards and one interception.

Puzzi added a 35-yarder in the third quarter for Colgate's 20-0 point cushion.

And the Raiders would need nearly every point. Cal Poly scored with 14:22 and 7:07 remaining in the game and was driving for the winning points in the closing minutes.

The Mustangs converted three straight fourth-down conversions before they were foiled on the final attempt when Abu Daramy-Swaray batted down a Khaleel Jenkins pass with 37 seconds remaining.

Colgate's win is its first to open a season since a 37-34 overtime triumph over Albany back in 2011. The last time the Raiders began with a road win was the 15-1 national championship game season of 2003 that started 20-19 at Georgetown.

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