Scores

Final

Sacramento St 10

(3-3, 1-2 Big Sky)

N Arizona 42

(4-1, 2-0 Big Sky)

6:05 PM ET, October 4, 2008

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 7 0 3 010
NAU 5 13 14 1042

Top Performers

Passing: L. Kriesien (NAU) - 256 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Williams (NAU) - 17 CAR, 47 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Washington (SAC) - 6 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

N. Arizona 42, Sacramento St. 10

Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Lance Kriesien threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Arizona beat Sacramento State 42-10 Saturday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

The Lumberjacks (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) are off to their best start since 2003 when they went 9-4 and won the conference championship.

The victory also was the 59th at Northern Arizona for Jerome Souers, making him the school's all-time winningest football coach in his 11th year. Souers passed Max Spilsbury, who won 58 games with the Lumberjacks from 1956-64.

Sacramento State (3-3, 1-2) was led by Duncan White, who was 15-of-31 for 253 yards including a 53-yard touchdown pass to Tony Washington but was intercepted twice.

Kriesien, who was 14-of-26, threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Curt Sweeney in the second quarter and found freshman tight end Brian Riley for a 56-yard TD in the third quarter.

Northern Arizona held the Hornets to 21 rushing yards on 41 carries.

After Washington's TD catch less than three minutes into the game, the Lumberjacks closed to 7-5 on Robbie Dehaze's 37-yard field goal and a safety late in the first quarter.

Sweeney's TD catch put Northern Arizona ahead to stay and Cyrus Igono's fumble recovery in the end zone 1:18 before halftime made it 18-7.

Deonte Williams added a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter before Riley's TD catch. Kriesien had a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and Dehaze added a 48-yard field goal with 8:54 to play.

Sacramento State's other points came on Juan Gamboa's 44-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAC
NAU
1st Downs1720
Total Yards280367
Passing259255
Rushing21112
Penalties12-1089-81
3rd Down Conversions5-165-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers31
Possession34:3725:23

Passing Leaders

Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
White15/312538.212
Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kriesien14/262569.821

Rushing Leaders

Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Croxdale14543.9010
Hilliard16231.405
Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams17472.817
Shanks9414.6018

Receiving Leaders

Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington611719.5153
Hill48721.8024
Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley28542.5156
Berry46817.0040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSACNAU
TD12:35Tony Washington 53 Yd Pass From Duncan White (Juan Gamboa Kick) 70
FG05:43Robbie Dehaze 37 Yd 73
SF01:14Duncan White Tackled By - Team In End Zone 75
SECOND QUARTERSACNAU
TD11:08Curt Sweeney 29 Yd Pass From Lance Kriesien (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 712
TD01:18Cyrus Igono Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Pat Blocked) 718
THIRD QUARTERSACNAU
TD11:58Deonte Williams 3 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 725
FG09:01Juan Gamboa 44 Yd 1025
TD07:54Brian Riley 56 Yd Pass From Lance Kriesien (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 1032
FOURTH QUARTERSACNAU
TD12:59Lance Kriesien 4 Yd Run (Robbie Dehaze Kick) 1039
FG08:54Robbie Dehaze 48 Yd 1042