Wagner Cruises Past No. 24 Colgate in FCS First Round; Eastern Washington Next Stop for Seahawks
Staten Island, NY - Wagner jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Colgate and never looked back in a wire-to-wire 31-20 victory in a NCAA FCS First Round game on Grymes Hill.
The Seahawks used turnovers to derail the high-powered offense that Patriot League champion Colgate brought to town. Wagner’s NEC-leading defense victimized Colgate quarterback Gavin McCarney, forcing the all-Patriot League passer to turn the ball over five times (2 INT, 3 FR).
Colgate came into the game averaging 41.2 points and 503.7 yards per contest, both Patriot League bests. The Raiders were unable to come close to that success at Hameline Field on Saturday.
Wagner limited Colgate to 296 yards and 14 offensive points on the way to notching the program’s first postseason win since the 1987 NCAA Division III National Championship Game.
Wagner's defense wasted no time in making its mark, setting the tone on Colgate’s opening possession. All-NEC cornerback Torian Phillips picked off McCarney on a 3rd-and-6 play to set the Seahawks up with a 1st-and-10 at Colgate’s 17-yard line.
On the very next play, Wagner quarterback Nick Doscher, an all-NEC first team selection, hit Anthony Carrington in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Doscher finished the game 11-of-19 passing for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound signal caller added 91 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
While Colgate was plagued by turnovers, Wagner played near-flawless football.
The Seahawks did not commit a single turnover as Doscher extended his interception-free streak to 11.5 games. Wagner’s quarterback was last intercepted in August at Florida Atlantic. Doscher has thrown 209 consecutive passes without an interception and has not been picked off by a FCS team this season.
Wagner junior Dominique Williams, who joined Doscher on the All-NEC First Team, ran 21 times for 106 yards and one touchdown as part of a rushing attack that totaled 245 yards.
McCarney went 13-of-22 passing for 119 yards for Colgate. He was also the Raiders’ leading rusher, gaining 97 yards on 19 attempts.