Scores

Final

N Arizona 24

(5-3, 4-2 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 27

(3-5, 3-3 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
NAU 7 17 0 024
SAC 10 7 10 027

Top Performers

Passing: M. Herrick (NAU) - 376 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: S. McCowan (SAC) - 27 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Meadows (NAU) - 8 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Sacramento St. 27, N. Arizona 24

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jason Smith threw for 210 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter Saturday as Sacramento State defeated Northern Arizona 27-24.

Smith found Brandyn Reed for a 42-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and Sam McCowan ran for a 6-yard touchdown as the Hornets (3-5, 3-3 Big Sky) built a 17-7 lead. But the Lumberjacks (5-3, 4-2) came back to lead 24-17 at the half on Alex Henderson's 2-yard TD run, a 52-yard pass from Michael Herrick to Austin Shanks and Matt Myers' 31-yard field goal.

But Sacramento State shut out Northern Arizona after halftime, and Smith's 1-yard run ended the scoring.

McCowan finished with 130 yards on 27 carries for the Hornets.

Herrick threw for 376 yards and two TDs and Henderson ran for 98 yards for the Lumberjacks, who missed a chance to tie when Myers missed a 55-yard field-goal attempt as time ran out.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NAU
SAC
1st Downs2315
Total Yards460363
Passing376210
Rushing84153
Penalties6-382-10
3rd Down Conversions5-144-15
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers33
Possession30:4029:20

Passing Leaders

Northern ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Herrick31/443768.522
Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith14/302107.012

Rushing Leaders

Northern ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henderson24984.1116
Shanks242.006
Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCowan271304.8137
Heath11818.0018

Receiving Leaders

Northern ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Meadows89712.1130
Berry67111.8016
Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hendershott510621.2049
Reed58517.0142

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNAUSAC
TD10:57Conrad Meadows 30 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 70
TD06:07Brandyn Reed 42 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Chris Diniz Kick) 77
FG02:50Chris Diniz 22 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTERNAUSAC
TD11:58Sam McCowan 6 Yd Run (Chris Diniz Kick) 717
TD07:03Alex Henderson 2 Yd Run (Matt Myers Kick) 1417
TD04:50Austin Shanks 52 Yd Pass From Michael Herrick (Matt Myers Kick) 2117
FG00:00Matt Myers 31 Yd 2417
THIRD QUARTERNAUSAC
FG07:51Chris Diniz 23 Yd 2420
TD02:09Jason Smith 1 Yd Run (Chris Diniz Kick) 2427