GAMEDAY College Football

Northern Arizona 21, Arizona 19

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - RJ Martinez threw a 9-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Northern Arizona stopped a late 2-point conversion attempt, extending Arizona's school-record losing streak to 15 games with a 21-19 victory.

The Lumberjacks (1-2) didn't play like a winless FCS program, coming to life offensively in the second half after struggling in the first. Kevin Daniels scored on a 12-yard TD run in the third quarter and Martinez found Hendrix Johnson in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard score.

Arizona still had one last chance.

Trailing 21-13, the Wildcats (0-3) marched quickly down the field and Jordan McCloud hit Boobie Curry on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:16 left. After multiple stops starts, the Lumberjacks pressured McCloud into an incomplete pass on the 2-point conversion.

Northern Arizona fair caught a pooch kick and wound down the clock, picking up one of the biggest wins in program history while ending a losing streak to Arizona that dated to 1932.

Arizona hired coach Jedd Fisch in hopes of ending a losing streak that stretched back to October 2019. The former NFL and college assistant did all the right things off the field, generating a buzz around the program.

Not much has changed on the field so far.

The Wildcats took away some positives after rallying late in a 24-16 loss to No. 23 BYU, but little went right in last week's 38-14 loss to San Diego State.

Arizona's defense was sharp against NAU after giving up 454 yards last week, creating three turnovers and holding the Lumberjacks to 87 first-half yards.

The offense couldn't get out of its own way.

Arizona's offensive line struggled with the Lumberjacks' quickness early and the Wildcats were held to a pair of field goals after starting deep in NAU's end.

Will Plummer found Curry on a 49-yard TD pass, but also threw an interception that Shough returned 28 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, pulling NAU within 13-7.

Arizona's defense then started to bend in the third quarter.

The Wildcats had two players get ejected for targeting and the Lumberjacks picked their way down the field, taking a 14-13 lead on Daniels' TD run.

An interception by Devontae Ingram set NAU up near midfield and the Lumberjacks took advantage of poor Arizona tackling on two long third downs to keep the drive going. Martinez put NAU up 21-13 with his TD pass to Johnson.

McCloud replaced Plummer - who finished 19-of-34 passing for 191 yards with two interceptions - for Arizona's final offensive possession going 6 of 7 for 66 yards


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NoAriAri
Ari FG 5:13 Lucas Havrisik 31 yd FG 0 3
Ari TD 2:05 Boobie Curry 49 yd pass from Will Plummer (Lucas Havrisik kick) 0 10
Second Quarter NoAriAri
Ari FG 13:05 Lucas Havrisik 24 yd FG 0 13
NoAri TD 1:48 Brady Shough 28 yd interception return (Luis Aguilar kick) 7 13
Third Quarter NoAriAri
NoAri TD 4:16 Kevin Daniels 12 yd run (Luis Aguilar kick) 14 13
Fourth Quarter NoAriAri
NoAri TD 7:53 Hendrix Johnson 9 yd pass from RJ Martinez (Luis Aguilar kick) 21 13
Ari TD 2:16 Boobie Curry 3 yd pass from Jordan McCloud (failed 2pt pass) 21 19
Team Stats
  Northern Arizona Arizona
First downs 15 19
  Rushing 8 8
  Passing 3 10
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 3-14, 21%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-148 27-106
Passing Yards 92 257
Return Yards 55 178
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-20-2 25-41-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--9 2--21
Punts 9 8
Punts-Average 51.6 48.8
Fumbles Lost 3-1 2-1
Penalties - Yards 4-30 7-70
Time of Possession 34:41 24:51
Northern Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Martinez 11 16 88 1 1
J. Widener 1 4 4 0 1
Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Plummer 19 34 191 1 2
J. McCloud 6 7 66 1 0
Northern Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Daniels 27 127 4.7 1
R. Martinez 6 43 7.2 0
D. Hall 2 4 2.0 0
J. Widener 2 -3 -1.5 0
C. Millen 2 -4 -2.0 0
G. Robinson 1 -4 -4.0 0
Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Anderson 12 72 6.0 0
J. John 5 37 7.4 0
S. Berryhill III 2 20 10.0 0
T. Cunningham 1 3 3.0 0
M. Wiley 3 -1 -0.3 0
S. Rocker Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0
J. McCloud 1 -10 -10.0 0
W. Plummer 2 -13 -6.5 0
Northern Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Hall 4 48 12.0 0
C. Owen 4 18 4.5 0
K. Daniels 2 10 5.0 0
H. Johnson 1 9 9.0 1
M. Kempton 1 7 7.0 0
Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Berryhill III 11 94 8.5 0
B. Curry 3 55 18.3 2
B. Casteel 4 49 12.3 0
T. Cunningham 3 28 9.3 0
J. Johnson 2 15 7.5 0
D. Anderson 1 9 9.0 0
B. Wolma 1 7 7.0 0
Northern Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Shough 1 28
D. Ingram 1 0
Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Roland-Wallace 1 36
K. Hebert 1 16
Northern Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Arnson 9 464 51.6
Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ostendorp 8 390 48.8
Northern Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Owen 1 2 2.0
Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Berryhill III 5 73 14.6
Northern Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Owen 1 25 25.0
Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Cunningham 2 53 26.5
Northern Arizona Missed FG
Player Length
Arizona Missed FG
Player Length




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