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November 2, 2013

No. 14 NAU Races By North Dakota 48-27

Postgame Notes 

Zach Bauman becomes the ninth player in FCS history to rush for 1,000 yards four consecutive seasons.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 14 Northern Arizona (7-2, 5-1 Big Sky) was victorious tonight as it took down North Dakota 48-27 at the Walkup Skydome. The Lumberjacks never trailed in the game as they earned their fourth straight win.

"We are very happy to get a win today," said Head Coach Jerome Souers. "I thought at times, offensively, we looked great; defensively, we created some turnovers, and made some big plays. You have to hand it to North Dakota, they had some great offensive weapons, and they gave us all we could handle."

NAU kept North Dakota (2-7, 1-5 Big Sky) off balance by using two different quarterbacks and a pair of running backs that both rushed for over 100 yards.

Senior running back Zach Bauman became the ninth player in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons tonight after he ran for 163 yards against North Dakota.

Bauman also became NAU's career all-purpose yards leader as he completed the night with 180 total yards.

NAU jumped out to a 14-point lead after Chase Cartwright found Alex Holmes in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass, followed by a Kyren Poe rushing touchdown early in the second quarter.

North Dakota was able to get on the scoreboard when Kenny Golladay caught a 28-yard pass from Ryan Bartels in the second quarter, followed by another 1-2 punch with 54 seconds remaining in the half.

NAU faked a field goal attempt with three seconds left in the second quarter, which allowed holder and backup quarterback Jordan Perry enough room and time to run into the end zone for the score.

The Lumberjacks carried a 28-14 lead into the halftime, and were able to add on to it in the second half.

Andy Wilder continued the Lumberjacks' scoring spree with a pair of field goals (32 and 35 yards) in the third quarter.

Kyren Poe connected with Holmes for his second touchdown of the day when he ran three yards into the end zone for NAU's first score of the fourth quarter.

Bartels was able to find Golladay two more times as the duo connected on all four of North Dakota's touchdowns. Golladay finished with 134 receiving yards, while Bartels completed 39-of-52 passes for 367 yards.

Casey Jahn scored NAU's final touchdown of the game when he dodged North Dakota defenders and sprinted 44 yards into the end zone.

Poe and Cartwright combined for 204 yards and threw one touchdown each. Lucky Dozier and Harrison Johnson added on to the Lumberjacks' interception total with one each, giving NAU nine on the season.

Both teams racked up over 400 yards of offense apiece, but NAU came away with the victory to extend its all-time series lead over North Dakota to 4-0.

The Lumberjacks have a bye next week, but will return to the field on Saturday, Nov. 16 for its final regular season home game. Kickoff versus Northern Colorado is slated for 4:05 p.m.