No. 19/21 NAU Football Continues Road Play at Sacramento State
Game 6 Information
Opponent: Sacramento State
Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013/6:05 p.m. PST
Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Hornet Stadium)
Radio: KBTK 105.1 FM
Sodexo Lumberjack Radio Network
Play-by-play - Mitch Strohman
Analyst - Kevin Stephens
Sideline - Matt Howdeshell
Audio Stream: www.BigTalkerRadio.com
Video Stream: www.WatchBigSky.com
On The Web: Live stats at www.hornetsports.com
Head Coaches: NAU: Jerome Souers (Career: 87-87 in 16 seasons; At NAU: same)
SAC: Marshall Sperbeck (Career: 33-40 in seven seasons; At SAC: same)
Against SAC: 18th Meeting
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The No. 19/21 Northern Arizona football team will continue road play this weekend with a trip to Sacramento State on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff at Hornet Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. PST.
The Lumberjacks are ranked No. 19 in The Sports Network media poll and No. 21 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll that were both released on Monday.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on KBTK 105.1 FM and www.BigTalkerRadio.com. Mitch Strohman will be providing play-by-play and Kevin Stephens will be doing color commentary. Live stats are available on www.hornetsports.com. The live video stream for the contest can be seen on www.WatchBigsky.com.
NAU looks to record its second straight win over the Hornets. The two teams last faced off in 2011, where the Lumberjacks came away with the 27-26 victory on the road.
The Lumberjacks are 1-1 in Big Sky play after defeating Montana at home and losing to Montana State on the road.
Senior running back Zach Bauman leads the Lumberjack offense. Bauman became the first NAU player to reach the 4,000 career rushing yards mark on Sept. 28. He also ranks second on the NAU career all-purpose yards chart with 5,113.
Lumberjacks in the Polls
The Northern Arizona football team saw a slight drop in this week's national polls that were released on Monday. The Lumberjacks are ranked 19th in The Sports Network Poll, while the FCS Coaches Poll has NAU ranked 21st. In the College Sports Madness Poll, the Lumberjacks are slotted 17th.
• Saturday's game will be the 18th meeting between the two teams.
• Sacramento State enters the game with a 3-3 overall record and 2-0 Big Sky record.
• NAU last defeated Sacramento State in 2011, 27-26, on the road. The victory over the Hornets snapped a two-game win streak for Sacramento State over NAU.
• The Lumberjacks are 7-7 against Sacramento State under Jerome Souers.
• NAU leads the Big Sky in total defense (326.4) and pass defense (164.0).
• The Lumberjacks rank in the top 25 for the sixth consecutive week and the top 20 (The Sports Network) for the second straight week.
Did you know? On Sept. 28, 2013 senior running back Zach Bauman became the first player in NAU history to rush for 4,000 career yards.
• All four of NAU's interceptions have been returned for a touchdown.
• NAU is tied for first in the nation in opponent fourth down conversion percentage.
• Marshall Sperbeck is in his seventh season as the head football coach at Sacramento State. Sperbeck has an overall career record of 33-40 (seven yrs).
• The Hornets are one of five teams in the league that remain undefeated in Big Sky play.
• Sacramento State has 1,484 passing yards and 897 rushing yards total after its first six games.
• Garrett Safron has been the go-to guy at the quarterback position for the Hornets. Safron has completed 138-of-219 passes, but he has thrown seven interceptions so far this season. Safron has 16 touchdowns under his belt.
• Ezekiel Graham is the top rusher for Sacramento State with 322 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
• The top three targets for Safron are Morris Norrise (356 yds), DeAndre Carter (422 yds) and Shane Harrison (274 yds). Carter leads the group with 10 receiving touchdowns.
• Todd Davis leads the Hornet defense with 59 tackles, one sack, one interception, three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
• Sacramento State ranks seventh in the league in scoring offense (25.3), 10th in scoring defense (30.5), sixth in total offense (396.8) and eighth in total defense (408.8).