Despite recording negative yardage through the first quarter, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) rattled off 372 yards in the second and third quarters combined as they upset the previously undefeated No. 11 Illinois State Redbirds (4-1) 37-16 Saturday in the Walkup Skydome.
Case Cookus threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns, while catching one himself on a throw back across the field by receiver Chancellor Brewington. Elijah Marks, matching up against one of the nation’s best corners in Davontae Harris, recorded his fourth 100-yard games in five contests this season, finishing at 130 on eight catches.
Having allowed just 35 points this season, Illinois State’s defense struggled after Northern Arizona began to pick up its pressure. Meanwhile, Northern Arizona’s defense held Illinois State out of the end zone until 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter after allowing 30 points in the past two weeks.