FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team opens Big Sky Conference play Saturday at No. 14 Montana in the league opener for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 p.m.
NAU is coming off a 69-0 victory over Division II Fort Lewis, the largest shutout victory since 1996 (75-0 over Western New Mexico). The Lumberjacks are looking for first three-game winning streak since 2009. NAU is 25-16 all-time in conference openers in the Big Sky, winning each of the last two Big Sky openers.
"This game means a lot to our team as our first Big Sky game," said senior quarterback Cary Grossart. "It is crucial to get off to a good start in the conference but against a team like Montana that is 39-1 at home since 2007 for us to come in there and get a win would be awesome."
Grossart, who has missed the last two games, returns in his starting role at quarterback. He saw limited action at Arizona State in the season opener.
"I am 100 percent," said Grossart. "I feel great coming off of last week and I am good to go. I feel strong and back to normal."
Montana leads the all-time series 33-11. Montana has won 14 in a row and 23 of the last 24 games against NAU. The Lumberjacks' last victory in the series came with a 27-24 win in 1997.
"We are coming together and it feels like we are peaking right now," said Grossart. "We have all the pieces together and we have a great plan."
Fans can listen to the game on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM and online via The Big Talker website or mobile app. Flagstaff fans can watch the game at Granny's Closet, who will be showing the game on their televisions with live surround sound. Fans are encouraged to arrive by noon to reserve a seat/table. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the game.
For DIRECTV customers, this weekend's game will be available on ROOT SPORTS Channel 687 in the Northwest region, Channel 683 in the Rocky Mountain region, and Channel 659 in the Pittsburgh region. The game will be available in the outer market on Audience Network Channel 239-1.
For Dish Network customers, the game will air on Channel 426 in the Northwest region, Channel 414 in the Rocky Mountain Region, and Channel 428 in the Pittsburgh area.
ROOT SPORTS Northwest and ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain are widely available on cable throughout Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington Wyoming, and New Mexico, as well as parts of Nevada, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Saturday's ROOT SPORTS game will be called by Tom Glasgow, Sherdric Bonner and Jason Stiles. Jen Mueller and Jenny Cavnar will report from the sidelines.