Scores

Final

Montana 16

(3-1, 0-1 Big Sky)

N Arizona 34

(3-1, 1-0 Big Sky)

9:00 PM ET, September 28, 2013

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 3 0 0 1316
NAU 14 7 7 634

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (MONT) - 292 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: Z. Bauman (NAU) - 21 CAR, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Holmes (NAU) - 7 REC, 68 YDS

Defense leads N Arizona to win over Montana 34-16

Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Northern Arizona's defense returned two fumbles for scores, including Ryan Reardon's 98-yarder, and the Lumberjacks smothered the Montana offense in a 34-16 victory Saturday night.

Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, the Grizzlies had fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line when Jordan Johnson fumbled near the goal line and Reardon's long return gave Northern Arizona (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) a 21-3 lead. The Grizzlies opened the third quarter with another fumble and Marcus Alford's 22-yard return made it 28-3.

Northern Arizona's Zach Bauman rushed for 118 yards and scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter, including one for 41 yards, to give the Lumberjacks an early 14-0 lead.

Montana (3-1, 0-1) finally scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Johnson tossed a 15-yard score to Mitch Saylor. Johnson was 17 of 38 for 292 yards and threw two touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MONT
NAU
1st Downs1620
Total Yards347416
Passing292267
Rushing55149
Penalties7-436-54
3rd Down Conversions4-135-14
4th Down Conversions0-22-2
Turnovers32
Possession23:4836:12

Passing Leaders

MontanaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson17/382927.720
Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Poe22/302428.101

Rushing Leaders

MontanaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Van8455.6026
Canada8182.304
Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bauman211185.6241
Jahn5163.2010

Receiving Leaders

MontanaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Haynes36622.0028
Jones26030.0039
Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes7689.7016
Cole55511.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMONTNAU
TD12:30Zach Bauman 41 Yd Run (Ryan Hawkins Kick) 07
TD08:26Zach Bauman 5 Yd Run (Ryan Hawkins Kick) 014
FG05:20Ben Worst 42 Yd 314
SECOND QUARTERMONTNAU
TD02:03Ryan Reardon 98 Yd Fumble Return (Ryan Hawkins Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERMONTNAU
TD13:59Marcus Alford 22 Yd Fumble Return (Ryan Hawkins Kick) 328
FOURTH QUARTERMONTNAU
TD12:14Mitch Saylor 15 Yd Pass From Jordan Johnson (Ben Worst Kick) 1028
FG07:50Andy Wilder 23 Yd 1031
FG05:01Andy Wilder 46 Yd 1034
TD03:02Jordan Harper 9 Yd Pass From Jordan Johnson (Pat Failed) 1634