College Football: NAU wins 5th straight, leads Big Sky
FLAGSTAFF — Cory Young and Joe Logan each ran for two touchdowns and Northern Arizona took over the top spot in the Big Sky Conference with a 45-31 win over UC Davis Saturday night.
The Lumberjacks (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky) are the only team without a conference loss following Eastern Washington’s 46-28 loss at Southern Utah.
NAU took control in the second quarter with four unanswered touchdowns. Young scored on runs of 43 and 4 yards for a 14-7 lead and Case Cookus added touchdown passes to Elijah Marks and Hunter Burton.
Logan scored from a yard out to push the NAU lead to 35-7 early in the second half before the Aggies got a 100-yard kick-off return for a TD by Namane Modise to kickstart a 17-point third quarter comeback to cut their deficit to 11, 35-24.
Logan scored from the 2 to make it 45-24 in the fourth quarter.
The Northern Arizona football team scored 35 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 to extend its current winning streak to five consecutive games Saturday at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.
The five-game winning streak represents the longest for the ‘Jacks since 2013 when it posted six consecutive victories. With the win, Northern Arizona improves to 5-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Big Sky Conference action. UC Davis slips to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 in conference play with the loss.
“The best of part the game that I really liked is our response to the early turnover,” NAU head coach Jerome Souers said. “The way Maurice Davison stayed in position and then they overthrew the ball and he picked it. Then our offense climbed on top and scored. ... It was 35 unanswered points and that was huge. It didn’t put the game out of reach but it forced them to have to take a lot of chances.”