The horn sounds, the NCAA Division I-AA championship game is over, the most
successful Raider football season in history is complete, Colgate's faithful
fill the crisp evening air with the dramatic harmonies of the alma mater. The
victory celebration begins . . . unfortunately, it's on the Delaware
But, despite the 40-0 loss to the Blue Hens on a bitterly cold night in
Chattanooga, the 2003 Raider football team has no reason to hang their heads
after achieving a perfect regular season, three playoff victories leading to an
appearance in the Division I-AA championship game, a final record of 15-1 (the
most single-season wins ever by a Colgate team), and a second-place finish in
the final Division I-AA poll.
The longest season in Colgate history ended on a mid-December weekend after
countless hours of travel, and a media frenzy that gained intensity as the
kickoff against Delaware approached, which then peaked when most students were
concentrating on finals.
"That was a just bit stressful, getting ready for the game and having to talk
with professors about when I could take my exams," said Ronnie Millen '06, who
took his Religion in America exam in a banquet room at the Chattanooga Choo
Choo Hotel, "but everything went really smooth for me."
"It was a wonderful season, we set a lot of records, [and] we were sad [after
the loss]," Millen continued, "but now I'm thinking about next season and all
the players who will be returning."