Game 9 Information
Opponent: No. 4 Eastern Washington
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 • 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MST
Location: Cheney, Wash. (Roos Field)
Flagstaff- HITS 106.1 FM
Phoenix- Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM
Prescott area- 97.9 Eagle Rocks
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: FOX Sports AZ
Play-By-Play: Sam Adams
Color Analyst: Bill Ames
Live Video: www.WatchBigSky.com
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.NAUAthletics.com
Head Coaches: NAU: Jerome Souers (Career: 105-96 in 18 seasons; At NAU: same)
EWU: Beau Baldwin (Career: 92-33 in nine seasons; At EWU: 82-30)
Against EWU: 31st Meeting; EWU leads the all-time series, 19-11
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – There's an offensive showdown set for Northern Arizona (5-3, 3-2 BSC) and No. 4 Eastern Washington (6-2, 6-0 BSC) this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. MST. Two of the top quarterbacks and the top two wide receivers in the league will face off on the red turf this weekend.
Quarterbacks Case Cookus vs. Jordan West and wide receivers Emmanuel Butler vs. Cooper Kupp (all at the top of the national and league rankings) should make this an offensive explosion for the ages. NAU hasn't won in Cheney, Wash. since 2006, dropping its last two games there. The Lumberjacks handed the Eagles their only conference loss last season, so the home team will be looking for redemption.
The Lumberjacks registered a new NAU conference high of 63 points last weekend holding Northern Colorado to 21 points. NAU's efforts led to Cookus and Ryan Hawkins earning Big Sky ROOT Sports Player of the Week honors. Cookus was also named the national player of the week, after tying a school record seven thrown touchdowns. Butler and running back Casey Jahn are both on pace to record 1,000-yard seasons. On the defensive side of things, the Lumberjacks have come away with seven interceptions. Senior safety Eddie Horn is leading the way with three picks and 56 tackles.
Head coach Beau Baldwin is 82-30 in eight seasons at Eastern Washington, as the Eagles ride a six-game win streak into Saturday. For the second straight year, EWU will go up against NAU with an undefeated conference record. The Eagles were stunned by NAU in Flagstaff last year falling 28-27 for EWU's only league loss. Four of EWU's league wins have been by eight points or less, and three out of the five have been by two points or less. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp leads the Big Sky in scoring, receptions per game, and receiving yards per game. He's tallied 1,290 yards on 91 catches with 17 touchdowns. Throwing to Kupp is quarterback Jordan West - the leagues' leader in passing yards per game (329.9). He's thrown 28 touchdowns this season. As a team, EWU has converted 13 of its 17 fourth down conversions (76.5 %).
• Saturday marks the first time since 2010 that the Lumberjacks have played in Cheney.
• EWU leads the all-time series 19-11
• EWU's last league loss was to NAU on Oct. 25, 2010
Did you know?
• Ryan Hawkins ranks first in the nation in field goal percentage and second in punting.
• Case Cookus ranks first in passing efficiency (197.4), second in the nation in yards per pass attempt (10.49), third in passing touchdowns (26), and third in completion percentage (70.0). He has also been named to the CFPA Midseason Player of the Year Watch List.
• Emmanuel Butler ranks second in the FCS in receiving touchdowns (13), fourth in receiving yards (896), and sixth in receiving yards per game (112.0).
• Casey Jahn ranks sixth in the country in rushing yards per game (125.0) and ninth in rushing yards (875).