Holding on after a third-quarter push by UC Davis, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks won their fifth straight game Saturday afternoon at the Walkup Skydome.
With the 45-31 victory, the Lumberjacks (5-2, 4-0 Big Sky) took sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference as the Eastern Washington Eagles fell to the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday.
After struggling to just 43 yards of offense in the first quarter, Northern Arizona’s offense erupted for 28 second-quarter points.
With a pair of rushing touchdowns by Cory Young starting the run, Case Cookus found Elijah Marks and Hunter Burton open across the middle of the end zone for scores of 32 and 8 yards respectively. The Lumberjacks outgained the Aggies 227 yards to 42 in the second quarter.
UC Davis attacked Northern Arizona on the ground early on, but struggled to consistently extend drives in the first half. The Aggies' lone first-half touchdown drive came in the first quarter, with UC Davis converting a fourth-and-1 from its own 29, as well as a second-and-14 from its own 27 two plays later.
Reaching the red zone thanks to an 18-yard catch by national yards leader Keelan Doss, the Aggies ran a trick play, with their backup quarterback C.J. Spencer taking a handoff and finding Doss in the end zone for the 6-yard touchdown.
UC Davis scored 17 straight points in the third quarter, bringing the game as close as 35-24 with 50 seconds left in the third quarter, but a 20-yard field goal by Griffin Roehler and Joe Logan’s second touchdown of the day, the last of season-high of four touchdowns on the ground, closed out the game in the fourth quarter.