Scores

Final

N Colorado 27

(1-4, 0-3 Big Sky)

N Arizona 35

(2-2, 1-1 Big Sky)

6:05 PM ET, October 3, 2009

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
UNCO 7 14 0 627
NAU 0 14 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: M. Herrick (NAU) - 277 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Henderson (NAU) - 19 CAR, 160 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Thompson (UNCO) - 12 REC, 164 YDS, 3 TD

N. Arizona 35, N. Colorado 27

Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Michael Herrick threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns as Northern Arizona knocked off Northern Colorado 35-27 Saturday.

With the Lumberjacks (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky) leading 28-27, Herrick found running back Alex Henderson for a 24-yard touchdown pass and an eight-point lead with 6:55 to play.

Northern Colorado (1-4, 0-3) put together an 18-play, 78-yard drive on the ensuing possession. But Bryan Waggener's fourth-down pass fell incomplete with less than one minute left, and the Lumberjacks held on.

The Bears, who came into the game having scored just seven points in two Big Sky games, found their groove early and put up 21 points in the first half.

Waggener threw two early touchdown passes to receiver Alex Thompson. Dylan Orms, Northern Colorado's running quarterback, threw one pass -- a 37-yard touchdown pass to Thompson midway through the second quarter.

The second Waggener-to-Thompson touchdown pass came with 1:37 left in the first half, and it looked like the Bears would go into the locker room leading 21-7.

Instead, Herrick engineered a six play, 89-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Daiveun Curry-Chapman to bring the Lumberjacks within 21-14 with 11 seconds to go before halftime.

Northern Arizona scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, an 81-yard pass from Herrick to Ed Berry and a 69-yard run by Henderson, to take a lead it never gave back.

Henderson ran for 160 yards, and Berry was the Lumberjacks' leading receiver with five catches for 140 yards. Junior defensive end Isaac Bond had 10 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and three and a half tackles for loss.

Waggener threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Thompson had 12 catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNCO
NAU
1st Downs2418
Total Yards384461
Passing329277
Rushing55184
Penalties8-8611-87
3rd Down Conversions13-233-11
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers02
Possession36:4723:13

Passing Leaders

Northern ColoradoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Waggener28/482926.120
Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herrick19/302779.240

Rushing Leaders

Northern ColoradoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Burnley16483.009
Orms6162.709
Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson191608.4169
Herrick3186.0010

Receiving Leaders

Northern ColoradoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson1216413.7337
Walker56112.2030
Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry514028.0181
Sweeney45814.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCONAU
TD11:00Alex Thompson 36 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Michael York Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUNCONAU
TD13:03Conrad Meadows 7 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 77
TD04:18Alex Thompson 37 Yd Pass From Dylan Orms (Michael York Kick) 147
TD01:37Alex Thompson 10 Yd Pass From Bryan Waggener (Michael York Kick) 217
TD00:11Daiveun Curry-Chapman 6 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 2114
THIRD QUARTERUNCONAU
TD13:22Alex Henderson 69 Yd Run (Matt Myers Kick) 2121
TD04:20Ed Berry 81 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 2128
FOURTH QUARTERUNCONAU
FG11:35Michael York 19 Yd 2428
FG08:10Michael York 34 Yd 2728
TD06:55Alex Henderson 24 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 2735