Lumberjack Football Hosts New Mexico Highlands in Home Opener

Lumberjack Football Hosts New Mexico Highlands in Home Opener

Game 2 Information


Opponent: New Mexico Highlands

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 • 4 p.m. 

Location: Flagstaff, Ariz. (Walkup Skydome)

TV: FOX Sports AZ Plus and Fox College Sports Pacific

Radio: HITS 106.1 FM

Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM

KNOT 100.9 FM & 1450 AM

Northern AZ Healthcare

Lumberjack Radio Network

Play-by-play - Mitch Strohman

Analyst - Kevin Stephens

Sideline – Reggie Eccleston/Kara Hammer

Audio Stream: 

Video Stream: and

On The Web:    Live stats

Head Coaches: NAU: Jerome Souers (Career: 101-93 in 17 seasons; At NAU: same)

                          NMHU: Jeff Mills (Career: 0-1 in one season; At NMHU: same)

 Against NMHU: 24th Meeting; NAU leads the all-time series 16-5-2


Game Notes 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (1-0) welcomes New Mexico Highlands (0-1) this Saturday, Sept. 12 in its home opener at the Walkup Skydome. Saturday will also be NAU's Hall of Fame game, as former Lumberjack wide receiver Clarence Moore will be inducted this weekend. Kickoff for the Lumberjacks versus the Cowboys is set for 4 p.m., but arrive early to see the Freshmen Run. The first 2,000 fans will receive thundersticks at the door.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on HITS 106.1 FM, KNOT 100.9 FM & 1450 AM, and Fans in the Phoenix area can tune into Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM. Mitch Strohman will be providing play-by-play and Kevin Stephens will be doing color commentary. Reggie Eccleston and Kara Hammer will be reporting from the sidelines. Live stats are available at Saturday's game will also be shown on FOX Sports AZ, FOX Sports AZ Plus, and FOX College Sports Pacific. Please check your local listings for channel information.

The Lumberjacks opened the season last weekend with a 34-28 win over then-Top 25 Stephen F. Austin. It was the first win over an FCS opponent in a season opener since 2001. NAU jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Spectacular play by freshman Case Cookus at quarterback, sophomore wide receiver Emmanuel Butler and running back Casey Jahn boosted the Lumberjack offense. NAU's defense saw Josh Bamrick and Marcus Alford tie for a team-high nine tackles as NAU came away with the victory.

New Mexico Highlands is guided by first-year head coach Jeff Mills. Prior to his arrival, he served one year as the defensive line coach at Indiana State and two years as the defensive coordinator at New Mexico. The Cowboys opened the season with a 40-10 loss to Eastern New Mexico on the road. In the Cowboys' loss to ENMU, it was the first time NMHU had not scored 20 points in a game since Oct. 11, 2014. The Cowboys scored 20 or more points in all but one game last season.



• Saturday marks the second straight year, NAU and NMHU will face each other.

• NAU won the last meeting, 62-23.

• NAU looks to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

• NMHU has not beaten NAU since Sept. 18, 1971.

• NMHU is on a five-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 25, 2014.

• NMHU was picked to finish 10th in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

• Jeff Mills played for NAU head coach Jerome Souers while at Western Washington.



Did you know?

• Greyshirt quarterback Case Cookus was the first freshman to start in the season opener since Travis Brown started for the 'Jacks on Aug. 29, 1996 versus Western New Mexico. NAU won that game 75-0. Cookus finished his debut 13 for 18 with a pair of thrown touchdowns to Emmanuel Butler and an 11-yard rushing touchdown. His accuracy of 72.2 percent helped him finish with 267 passing yards.

• Butler was named the Co-Big Sky ROOT Sports Offensive Player of the Week.

• Cookus was named the FCS Freshman of the Week.

• NAU Athletics Hall of Famer Clarence Moore still holds the school record for season (1,184) and career (3,042) receiving yards.

• You can download the new NAU Athletics mobile app on Google Play and the Apple Store. Search: "Lumberjack Front Row." Receive breaking news, scores and alerts by signing up for notifications.

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