Scores

Final

N Arizona 25

(3-1, 1-0 Big Sky)

N Colorado 22

(0-3, 0-1 Big Sky)

3:35 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Nottingham Field, Greeley, CO

1 2 3 4 T
NAU 6 10 7 225
UNCO 8 8 0 622

Top Performers

Passing: B. Waggener (UNCO) - 261 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Williams (NAU) - 34 CAR, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Chesla (UNCO) - 5 REC, 99 YDS

N. Arizona 25, N. Colorado 22

Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo. -- Deonte Williams ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and Northern Arizona held off a late rally by Northern Colorado to win 25-22 Saturday in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.

Northern Colorado (0-3, 0-1 Big Sky) trailed 23-22 after Bryan Waggener's 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Smith with 1:09 left. The Bears opted to go for two points in a trick formation, but the pitched ball fell to the ground.

Josh Luck picked it up and ran it back for two points for Northern Arizona (3-1, 1-0), which recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Northern Colorado led early after Quincy Wofford ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and a two-point conversion gave the Bears an 8-0 lead 12 seconds into the game.

The teams were tied 16-16 at halftime. Williams, a true freshman, had a 6-yard TD run to break the tie in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAU
UNCO
1st Downs2311
Total Yards421236
Passing233261
Rushing188-25
Penalties9-709-92
3rd Down Conversions8-197-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers14
Possession38:5021:10

Passing Leaders

Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kriesien12/211698.000
Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Waggener16/392616.712

Rushing Leaders

Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams341273.7212
Kriesien18553.1112
Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson7152.105
Cary362.004

Receiving Leaders

Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry48721.8027
Sweeney36120.3024
Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Chesla59919.8040
Fauver17575.0075

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAUUNCO
TD14:48Quincy Wofford 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Sam Sewell Run For Two-Point Conversion) 08
TD10:13Lance Kriesien 8 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 68
SECOND QUARTERNAUUNCO
FG05:25Robbie Dehaze 31 Yd 98
TD02:41Deonte Williams 7 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 168
TD02:02David Woods 1 Yd Run (Bryan Waggener Pass To Brandon Smith For Two-Point Conversion) 1616
THIRD QUARTERNAUUNCO
TD02:42Deonte Williams 6 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 2316
FOURTH QUARTERNAUUNCO
TD01:09Brandon Smith 21 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2322
DC01:09Josh Luck 0 Yd Off A Fumble 2522