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Colgate rides dominant defense to league title

Colgate football is once again Patriot League champions.  It's their third title in the last four years.

"It doesn't get worse," senior defensive back Tyler Castillo said.  "I can tell you that."

The key to the Raiders' success has been clear.  The defense hasn't allowed more than three points since the first game of the season against Holy Cross and is ranked No. 1 in all of the FCS.

"They've been dominant," head coach Dan Hunt said.  "We gave up two touchdowns in one quarter of our opening game and none the rest of the year.  I've never been around anything as dominant as this defense.  It's just a joy to watch them practice and see what they can do next."

Colgate put together a historic performance in their last game against Fordham, holding the Rams to negative 50 yards in a 41-0 victory.

"We can't let up," Castillo said.  "As soon as we do, our opponents get back in the game.  We've done a really good job this season of just keeping our foot on the pedal and putting it down their throats."

The Raiders have already tied the FCS record for shutouts in a season with five, including three straight, which has them believing anything is possible.

"We think that we do everything that you would want in a national championship team," running back James Holland Jr. said.  "If our defense keeps this up, the sky is the limit for us.  We just want to keep it rolling."

Colgate wraps up Patriot League play on Saturday when they visit Lehigh.


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