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Wayne Nelson / Forum News Service, Published November 02 2013

Northern Arizona rolls past UND for college football win

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It was an absolutely gorgeous day Saturday in the San Francisco Peaks, the mountains that serve as a scenic backdrop for the Northern Arizona campus.

Northern Arizona’s performance wasn’t gorgeous against the University of North Dakota. The Lumberjacks didn’t have to be pretty or flashy, considering the way the season is unfolding for UND.

Instead, Northern Arizona methodically rolled past UND 48-27 before 4,895 fans at the Walkup Skydome, a win that kept the Lumberjacks’ Big Sky Conference title hopes alive.

UND dropped its fourth straight game as North Dakota dropped to 1-5 in the Big Sky and 2-7 overall. Outside of an impressive passing day between quarterback Ryan Bartels and Kenny Golladay, UND’s performance typified that of a team desperately struggling to find ways to win.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said UND coach Chris Mussman. “The focus for us is that our guys continue to play hard. I saw that tonight.”

But as has been the case throughout the season, UND just couldn’t catch a break.

NAU’s biggest break came on the last play of the first half. The Lumberjacks lined up for a 19-yard field-goal attempt. Instead, holder Jordan Perry – a backup quarterback – took off toward the end zone and scored, giving NAU a 28-14 halftime lead.

The play was significant because UND – for the first time in a month – had shown signs of offensive life behind Bartels and Golladay, who set a single-game UND receiving record with 17 catches. He also had all four UND touchdowns.

In the third quarter, however, UND stumbled on a few offensive possessions as NAU – behind the rushing of Zach Bauman (162 rushing yards) – had to settle for two field goals.

“Good call by NAU,” said Mussman of the score on the fake field goal. “In the third quarter, we just couldn’t generate that one score. Our defense was playing pretty well then, too. We just couldn’t get it to one score in the third quarter to make them stress a little bit.”

North Dakota 0 14 0 13 – 27

N. Arizona 7 21 6 14 – 48

First Quarter

NAz – Holmes 12 pass from Cartwright (Wilder kick), 9:19.

Second Quarter

NAz – Poe 2 run (Wilder kick), 12:18.

NDAK – Golladay 28 pass from Bartels (Z.Miller kick), 8:14.

NAz – Bauman 14 run (Wilder kick), 3:27.

NDAK – Golladay 22 pass from Bartels (Z.Miller kick), :54.

NAz – Perry 2 run (Wilder kick), :00.

Third Quarter

NAz – FG Wilder 32, 9:31.

NAz – FG Wilder 35, 5:42.

Fourth Quarter

NAz – Holmes 3 pass from Poe (Wilder kick), 10:57.

NDAK – Golladay 10 pass from Bartels (kick failed), 4:29.

NAz – Jahn 44 run (Wilder kick), 4:18.

NDAK – Golladay 3 pass from Bartels (Z.Miller kick), 2:03.

A – 4,895.

NDAK NAz

First downs 27 26

Rushes-yards 15-50 43-275

Passing 371 204

Comp-Att-Int 40-62-2 20-33-0

Return Yards 0 95

Punts-Avg. 4-47.3 3-44.3

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 10-86 11-125

Time of Possession 21:17 38:43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: North Dakota, Shaugabay 3-17, Bartels 5-14, Garman 2-8,

Townsend 1-5, J.Miller 1-2, Mollberg 1-2, Hardin 2-2. N. Arizona,

Bauman 19-162, Jahn 13-106, Poe 4-24, Perry 1-2, Team 1-(minus 1),

Cartwright 5-(minus 18).

PASSING: North Dakota, Bartels 39-59-2-367, Mollberg 1-3-0-4. N.

Arizona, Poe 12-20-0-119, Cartwright 8-13-0-85.

RECEIVING: North Dakota, Golladay 17-134, Hardin 8-118,

Townsend 4-48, Shaugabay 4-36, Bridges 2-1, Young 1-16, Iverson 1-8,

A.Carr 1-5, Garman 1-4, Pecosky 1-1. N. Arizona, Holmes 5-36,

D.Walker 3-57, Rickert 3-31, Bauman 3-18, Jahn 2-26, Cole 2-22,

Butier 1-9, Brantley 1-5.


Nelson is the sports editor for the Grand Forks Herald