No. 14 UMass Gains Revenge Against No. 4 Colgate, 30-20
Sept. 11, 2004
The Associated Press
The game was a rematch of last year's NCAA Division I-AA first round playoff game, won by Colgate 19-7. A crowd of 16,405 came out for the largest crowd at McGuirk Stadium since Nov. 26, 1974.
Day connected with Peebler on a 50-yard strike at 8:02 of the third quarter, then threw a 58-yard scoring pass to Peebler on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 30-13 lead.
Day was 13 of 21 for 258 yards, while Peebler had four receptions for 161 yards. Peebler is now second all-time in career receiving yards with 1,724 and is now ninth in career receptions with 84.
Steve Baylark scored on runs of 32 and 13 yards in the first quarter to give the Minutemen (2-0) a 14-0 lead. Baylark finished with 115 yards rushing on 18 carries to overshadow Colgate's Jamaal Branch, who won last year's Walter Payton Award as the nation's top Division I-AA player. Branch finished with 62 yards on 23 carries.
The Red Raiders (0-1) pulled within 14-10 on Lane Schwarzberg's 21-yard field goal with 2:22 left and Chris Brown's 31-yard touchdown pass to Luke Graham at 1:42 following a UMass fumble.
Brown was 27 of 48 for 272 yards and DeWayne Long caught nine passes for 117 yards.
The Minutemen made it 17-10 at halftime on Matt Goldstein's 20-yard field goal on the last play of the half.
Branch scored on a 1-yard run late in the game to cap an 80-yard drive.
The win was the fourth in a row for UMass over a top-five team over the last three years.
UMass hosts Richmond next Saturday at McGuirk at 1 p.m.