Game 11 Information
Opponent: No. 18/20 Southern Utah
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 • 3 p.m. MST
Location: Cedar City, Utah (Eccles Coliseum)
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/
Live Video: www.WatchBigSky.com
On The Web: Live statistics at www.NAUAthletics.com
Head Coaches: NAU: Jerome Souers (Career: 107-96 in 18 seasons; At NAU: same)
SUU: Ed Lamb (Career: 37-43 in eight seasons; At SUU: same)
Against SUU: 19th Meeting; NAU leads the all-time series 12-6
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 20/24 Northern Arizona (7-3, 5-2 BSC) has set itself up with a showdown at No. 18/20 for the HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy and a chance for a share of the Big Sky regular season crown. Kickoff at Eccles Coliseum is scheduled for 3 p.m.
You can turn you radio stations to HITS 106.1 FM in Flagstaff, 97.9 Eagle Rocks in Prescott or listen online at 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. Matt Howdeshell will be on the sideline for coverage. Live stats are available at www.NAUAthletics.com and a live video stream of the game can be found at www.WatchBigSky.com. The game will not be televised.
No. 20/24 NAU is on a four-game win streak heading into the final weekend of regular season play. The Lumberjacks' last road win was a 52-30 rout of then-No. 4 Eastern Washington on Nov. 7. NAU capped home play with an undefeated record at the Walkup Skydome. NAU has positioned itself, so that a win on Saturday would give the Lumberjacks a share of the regular season title, regardless of the outcome of any other league games. Reigning Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week, Case Cookus, guides NAU this week after setting a new FCS Freshman Record for the Most Touchdowns in Season. With offensive weapons like wide receiver Emmanuel Butler and running back Casey Jahn, both who have tallied 1,000 yards this season, the Lumberjacks enter Saturday with many different go-tos. Defensively, NAU has senior safety Eddie Horn, senior cornerback Marcus Alford, and senior linebacker Josh Bamrick leading the way.
The first place Southern Utah Thunderbirds are coached by Ed Lamb. SUU has already clinched at least a share of the Big Sky title as it enters the final weekend of regular season play with one league loss. Led by defensive player of the year candidate James Cowser, the Thunderbirds had won six straight games before losing last weekend at Top 25 Portland State. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for SUU. The Thunderbirds have not lost at home yet this season. The last loss at Eccles Stadium for SUU was on Nov. 15, 2014 in a 35-17 loss to Montana. SUU ranks third in the nation in third down conversion percentage defense, holding its opponents to an average of 16.7 points per game. Ammon Olsen has completed 225 of 371 passes with six interceptions. He's racked up 2,535 passes yards and has thrown for 17 touchdowns. Malik Brown has rushed for 739 yards on 142 carries. He's found the endzone seven times, averaging 73.9 yards per game.
• A win on Saturday gives NAU a share of the regular season Big Sky title. NAU has not won the conference since 2003.
• Southern Utah has already clinched at least a share of the regular season title.
• Northern Arizona clinches the Automatic bid with...a win over Southern Utah, a Montana State win over Montana, and an Eastern Washington win over Portland State. (Three team finish at 6-2, NAU will have beaten both Eastern Washington and Southern Utah).
Did you know?
• Quarterback Case Cookus brought his season touchdown passes total to 33, breaking the FCS Freshman Record for Most Touchdown Passes in a Season (previously 31, set back in 2004).
• The Lumberjacks went undefeated at home this season for the second time in three years.