Lumberjacks Set for Conference Opener at Montana

Lumberjacks Set for Conference Opener at Montana

Game 4 Information

 

Opponent: No. 14 Montana

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 • 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT

Location: Missoula, Mont. (Washington Grizzly Stadium)

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 – Matt Howdeshell

Audio Stream:  http://gcmaz.com/nau-lumberjacks-football/ 

TV: ROOT Sports

Play-by-play – Tom Glasgow

Analyst – Jason Stiles

Sideline – Jen Mueller

Live Video: www.eversport.tv/big-sky.com

On The Web: Live stats www.NAUAthletics.com

Head Coaches: NAU: Jerome Souers (Career: 102-94 in 17 seasons; At NAU: same)

                UM: Bob Stitt (Career: 109-64 in 16 seasons; At UM: 1-2)

 

Against UM: 48th Meeting; UM leads the all-time series 34-13

Game Notes 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-1) open up Big Sky Conference play this Saturday, Sept. 26 on the road at No. 14 Montana (1-2). The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on HITS 106.1 FM, KNOT 100.9 FM & 1450 AM, and www.gcmaz.com. 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. Live stats are available at www.NAUAthletics.com. Please check your local listings for channel information for ROOT Sports/DirecTVs Audience Network.

The Lumberjacks fell from the Top 25 after suffering their first loss of the season on the road at FBS Top 25 Arizona. NAU struck first in Tucson, but the Wildcats were able to catch an offensive rhythm that saw them surge ahead. Leading the NAU offense is freshman quarterback Case Cookus. He has started the season completing 38 of 55 passes for 718 yards and six touchdowns. Cookus' top target is Emmanuel Butler, who has a team-high five touchdowns and 389 receiving yards. Josh Bamrick and Eddie Horn lead NAU in tackles with 19 apiece.

First-year head coach Bob Stitt has Montana off to a 1-2 start. The Griz made a huge splash with a 38-35 season opening thrilling victory over No. 1 North Dakota State at home to kick off the FCS football season. Since then, the Griz have dropped two straight with losses to Cal Poly (non-conference game) and then-No. 14 Liberty. UM is averaging 26.0 points per game, while holding its opponents to an average of 28.7 points per game. The Griz are only converting 30 percent of attempted third down conversions, but are 45 percent in fourth down conversions. The majority of UM's offense has been from passing, as it has generated 1,069 yards. Quarterback Brady Gustafson has completed 77 of 132 passes with four touchdowns. He's tallied 841 yards and has been intercepted four times. Gustafson's biggest target is Jamaal Jones with 24 catches for 373 yards and two scores.

 

Storylines

• NAU has won the last two meetings against Montana, while the pair did not face each other last season.

• NAU Head Coach Jerome Souers coached at UM from 1986-97.

• NAU's first win versus UM was on Oct. 9, 1976, where the 'Jacks won 23-21.

 

Did you know?

• NAU defensive coordinator Andy Thompson and safeties coach David Reeves both played for Montana.

• NAU and North Dakota are the only two league schools undefeated on ROOT.

• Saturday marks the third time in four years that NAU has opened Big Sky play against Montana.

• Senior Ryan Hawkins has the best field goal percentage in the nation connecting on all six attempts.

• Freshman Case Cookus ranks first in the nation in yards per pass attempt (13.05).

• 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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