Puzzi kicks winning FG for Colgate as time runs out
HAMILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Puzzi kicked a 38-yard field goal as time ran out to give Colgate a 23-20 win over James Madison on Saturday and send the No. 8-seeded Raiders to the FCS playoff quarterfinals.
Puzzi’s winning kick, his third field goal of the game, went inside the right upright and came after James Madison came up short on a fake punt on fourth-and 5, giving the Raiders the ball at their 39-yard line with 2:46 left.
The Dukes (9-4), who have won two national championships and were making their 15th playoff appearance and fifth straight, tied the game at 20-all on Ben DiNucci’s 7-yard run with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 13-6 at halftime, Colgate (10-1), hosting its first FCS playoff game in 15 years, got touchdowns on Grant Breneman’s 32-yard run and his 14-yard pass to Owen Rockett in the third quarter to lead 20-13. Rockett finished with 104 yards receiving on five catches.
James Madison scored first on Cardon Johnson’s 2-yard run and Ethan Ratke kicked two field goals. But DiNucci was intercepted five times, two by Tyler Castillo.
Colgate, the No. 8 seed, will take on top-seeded North Dakota State (12-0) in the quarterfinals.