Northern Arizona 42 Southern Utah 39

Lumberjacks hold off Thunderbirds

The NAU Lumberjacks jumped out to a 35-17 lead after 3 quarters, then had to hold off a furious rally by Southern Utah in the 4th quarter, prevailing over the Thunderbirds 42-39.

Alex Henderson led the way for the Jacks, with 32 carries for 168 yards and 2 TDs. He also recovered his own fumble in the end zone for a 3rd TD. Micheal Herrick completed 15 of 21 passes for 306 yards and a TD. 4 of those were complete to Conrad Meadows for 121 yards. Austin Shanks and Giovannie Dixon added TD Runs. NAU has 554 yards of total offense.

The Thunderbirds gashed the NAU defense for 540 yards of total offense, led by 425 yards passing by Cade Cooper. Cooper completed 33 of 48 for 4 TDs and no INTs. Austin Minifee had 89 yards rushing and 85 receiving, including 3TDs receiving. Tysson Poots had 6 catches for 109 yards and a TD.

The Lumberjacks evened their record at 1-1, while Southern Utah dropped to 1-2. The Lumberjacks will be in action Saturday September 26, hosting the Montana Grizzles.

Scoreboard
Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern Utah (1-2) 7 7 3 22 39
Northern Arizona (1-1) « 14 14 7 7 42

Scoring Summary
NAZ Daiveun Curry-Chapman 5 yd pass from Michael Herrick (SHAUN FITZPATRICK 2pt run)
NAZ Alex Henderson 0 yd run (failed 2pt rush)
SUT Austin Minefee 17 yd pass from Cade Cooper (Ryan Griffith kick)
NAZ Austin Shanks 35 yd run (Matt Myers kick)
NAZ Alex Henderson 3 yd run (Matt Myers kick)
SUT Tysson Poots 25 yd pass from Cade Cooper (Ryan Griffith kick)
NAZ Alex Henderson 57 yd run (Matt Myers kick)
SUT Ryan Griffith 17 yd FG
SUT Major Gray 1 yd run (Ryan Griffith kick)
NAZ Giovannie Dixon 30 yd run (Matt Myers kick)
SUT Austin Minefee 15 yd pass from Cade Cooper (Fesi Sitake 2pt pass from Cade Cooper)
SUT Austin Minefee 40 yd pass from Cade Cooper (Ryan Griffith kick)

Team Stats
SUT NAZ
First Downs 29 23
Third Down Efficiency 8-16 5-10
Fourth Down Efficiency 2-2 1-2
Plays-Net Yards 81-540 61-554
Rushes-Yds 32-109 40-248
Passing Yds 431 306
Kick Return Yds 74 82
Punt Return Yds 15 4
Passes 34-49-0 15-21-0
Punts 4-167 3-154
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-1
Penalties-Yds 10-105 7-118
Time of Poss. 34:10 25:50

Individual Stats
RUSHING
SUT: Austin Minefee 19-89, Trevor Ward 1-14, Ammon Olsen 1-12, Major Gray 3-2, Cade Cooper 8–8
NAZ: Alex Henderson 32-168, Giovannie Dixon 7-45, Austin Shanks 1-35
PASSING
SUT: Cade Cooper 33-48-425-0, Ammon Olsen 1-1-6-0
NAZ: Michael Herrick 15-21-306-0
RECEIVING
SUT: Fesi Sitake 10-80, Tysson Poots 6-109, Austin Minefee 5-83, Mitch Jessop 4-74, Jared Ursua 4-48, Karl Williams 3-29, Deckar Alexander 1-5, Abbel Aiono 1-3
NAZ: Conrad Meadows 4-121, Alex Henderson 3-64, Daiveun Curry-Chapman 3-47, Ed Berry 2-33, Ryan Rauschert 2-19, Giovannie Dixon 1-22