Scores

Final

N Arizona 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Arizona 34

(2-0, 2-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
NAU 3 7 0 717
ARIZ 14 7 6 734

Top Performers

Passing: M. Herrick (NAU) - 159 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 15 CAR, 207 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Berry (NAU) - 7 REC, 71 YDS, 2 TD

Grigsby's 207 yards help Arizona pull out win

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nic Grigsby ran for a career-high 207 yards and ripped off the second-longest run in school history, and Arizona tuned up for its trip to Iowa with a 34-17 victory over lower-division Northern Arizona on Saturday night.

Grigsby raced 94 yards to the Lumberjacks' 1-yard line early in the third quarter. That was two yards shy of a school-record 96-yard run by Trung Canidate in 1997.

Grigsby opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game and went 30 yards for another score six minutes later.

The Wildcats (2-0) have won four straight games for the first time since 2000.

Arizona's first two wins this year have come against Central Michigan and NAU (0-1). Next week, the Wildcats invade Big Ten country for a game against Iowa, coach Mike Stoops' alma mater.

Northern Arizona made the Wildcats work.

Down 14-3 early in the second quarter, the Lumberjacks marched 79 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Michael Herrick to Ed Berry to cut the deficit to 14-10.

That's how it stood until Arizona's Matt Scott hit Terrell Turner for a 2-yard score with 30 seconds to go in the half. Making his second college start, Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, and he threw his second interception in as many games.

Cornerback Trevin Wade had two interceptions for the Wildcats, who are 10-1 against Northern Arizona.

The first came near Arizona's goal line with the Wildcats leading 21-10 early in the third quarter. On the next play, Grigsby went 94 yards to the NAU 1-yard line, setting up a touchdown plunge by Keola Antolin.

Wade picked off another pass later in the third quarter.

Backup quarterback Nick Foles, a sophomore transfer from Michigan State, made his first appearance with Arizona leading 27-10 midway through the third quarter.

Foles completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also lost a fumble.

Scott returned in the fourth quarter and threw an interception to Matt Steinbach, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Herrick to Berry.

Herrick completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAU
ARIZ
1st Downs1327
Total Yards226559
Passing159194
Rushing67365
Penalties1-55-35
3rd Down Conversions4-98-13
4th Down Conversions0-03-4
Turnovers22
Possession24:0835:52

Passing Leaders

Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herrick20/301595.322
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scott14/201507.511

Rushing Leaders

Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson14564.0017
Dixon2136.5013
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby1520713.8294
Antolin9606.7122

Receiving Leaders

Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry77110.1219
Curry-Chapman4348.5016
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner5469.2113
Douglas5438.6013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAUARIZ
TD11:19Nic Grigsby 25 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 07
FG09:10Matt Myers 43 Yd 37
TD05:39Nic Grigsby 30 Yd Run (Alex Zendejas Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERNAUARIZ
TD14:16Ed Berry 4 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 1014
TD00:30Terrell Turner 2 Yd Pass From Matt Scott (Alex Zendejas Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERNAUARIZ
TD10:07Keola Antolin 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1027
FOURTH QUARTERNAUARIZ
TD14:10Juron Criner 5 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Zendejas Kick) 1034
TD08:07Ed Berry 19 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 1734