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1932 Colgate Red Raiders football
Co-national champion (Parke H. Davis)[1]
1932 record9–0
Head coachAndrew Kerr (4th season)
Offensive schemeDouble-wing
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The 1932 Colgate Red Raiders football team represented Colgate University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate competition during the 1932 college football season. Fourth-year head coach Andrew Kerr led Colgate to a perfect record, and the team did not allow an opponent to score throughout the entire season.

Nevertheless, Colgate did not receive an expected invitation to the 1933 Rose Bowl, and as such, the team was called "undefeated, untied, unscored upon, and uninvited".[2] The 1932 Colgate eleven is one of only three college football teams since 1920 to have finished a perfect season without being scored upon. The new maroon uniforms adopted by this team inspired the nickname for the school's athletics program: the "Red Raiders".


Colgate was led by fourth-year head coach Andrew Kerr, who had a previous stint at Stanford at the request of Glenn "Pop" Warner. Kerr employed a complex offensive scheme built around Warner's double-wing formation with an additional emphasis on trick plays using reverses and laterals.[2][3] In 1932, Colgate joined a very small number of football teams to have ever compiled an undefeated, untied, and unscored upon season. Since 1920, only Duke in 1938 and Tennessee in 1939 have matched the feat.[4] Colgate was also the first Eastern team to have accomplished the deed since 1910 when both Navy and Pittsburgh did so.[3] Colgate won its nine games by a combined margin of 264–0.[5] Throughout the season, Colgate recorded a total of 99 first downs to their opponents' 21; 1,581 yards of total offense to 255; and 45 pass completions to 13.[3] The closest match was a 14–0 victory over the NYU Violets at Yankee Stadium.[5] Time magazine described the NYU defense as porous against Colgate's short-range passing and ground attack, and said the Violets' line "seemed to have a hinge in the middle."[6] In that game, Colgate also debuted new uniforms that featured maroon trousers and a new nickname: the "Red Raiders of Chenango".[6]

In the final game, the likewise undefeated and untied Brown Bears came the closest of any opponent to scoring against Colgate. At the end of the second quarter, with the score at 6–0, the Bears were at the Colgate one-yard line with time for one final play in the half. Brown's quarterback, Robert Ramsay Chase, held onto the ball on a rushing attempt. He was brought down close to the goal line, and the referees measured it and determined the ball was still two inches shy of the end zone. Instead of playing conservatively to preserve their lead and unblemished record, Colgate took an aggressive approach in the second half. This included a blocked punt which Colgate converted for a safety. Later, Colgate halfback Whitey Ask intercepted a pass on his own 20-yard line, and Colgate scored again. In a desperate attempt to score, Brown attempted a fourth down pass, but it fell incomplete and the Bears turned over on downs. Colgate scored on their next possession with a pass from Conroy to Bodganski, for the final score of 21–0.[3]


Upon the season's conclusion, Colgate felt there was the possibility of a Rose Bowl invitation.[7] However, despite the team's remarkable record, they were not invited to participate in the 1933 Rose Bowl. The team reportedly had their bags packed to go to the Rose Bowl, but the call never came. This led some observers to refer to the team as "undefeated, untied, unscored upon, and uninvited."[2] Pittsburgh was the eastern team to appear in the Rose Bowl, where they lost to USC, 35–0.[8]

Parke H. Davis, an NCAA-recognized selector, named Colgate a national championship team (co-champions with Michigan and Southern Cal).[9] After the season, Colgate guard Robert Smith was named a first-team All-American by the All-American Board, the International News Service, and Liberty magazine. Quarterback Charles R. Soleau was named an All-American Quarterback[10] and was also named to the 1932 "All-Scout" team by Boys' Life magazine.[11]

The 1932 team's use of maroon uniforms led to Colgate's nickname, the "Red Raiders", although in 2001 this was expurgated to simply "Raiders" due to a perceived racial connotation.[12]


September 24[[{{{school}}}|St. Lawrence]]Hamilton, NYW 42–0
October 1Case TechHamilton, NYW 27–0
October 8[[{{{school}}}|Niagara]]Hamilton, NYW 47–0
October 15at Lafayette
W 35–0
October 22at NYUW 14–0
October 29Penn StateHamilton, NYW 31–0
November 5Mississippi CollegeHamilton, NYW 32–0
November 12at SyracuseW 16–0
November 24at BrownW 21–0


  1. Parke H. Davis named Colgate the national championship team alongside Michigan and Southern Cal.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Andrew Kerr, Class of 1900 Archived 2008-11-22 at the Wayback Machine, Dickinson College, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sport: Football, Dec. 5, 1932, Time, December 5, 1932.
  4. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 249, New York: ESPN Books, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 1932 Colgate Game-by-Game Records, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sport: Football, Oct. 31, 1932, Time, October 31, 1932.
  7. History hints at swift beating Archived 2009-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, New York Daily News, January 13, 2001.
  8. Rose Bowl 1933 Archived 2007-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, Rose Bowl History, retrieved June 20, 2009.
  9. "National Poll Champions", 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF), p. 77, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2007.
  10. "2005 Colgate Football-History". Colgate University. 2005. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  11. An All-America All-Scout Team. Boys' Life. p. 13. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  12. Colgate To Drop 'Red' From Its Nickname Red Raiders, Patriot League, August 15, 2001.

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