The NAU Lumberjacks wanted to shock the FCS world Thursday night with an upset of top-ranked and defending FCS champion Sam Houston, but too many turnovers in the second half cost them as the Bearkats beat NAU in the Skydome, 42-16. The Bearkats were as advertised, tough running team, tough defense and experienced. However, the Lumberjacks had their moments. Freshman defensive back Colby Humphrey had an interception and was very active defensively. Freshman quarterback Jeff Widener came into the game in the first quarter, replacing senior Keondre Wudtee after he left the game with an ankle injury. The Jacks led 21-10 in the third quarter when Widener threw an interception and linebacker Trevor Williams took it 70 yards for the touchdown for Sam Houston. The Bearkats had over 500 yards of total offense, with running back Ramon Jefferson with 143 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Eric Schmid was 21-of-37 for 268 yards and three touchdowns. For NAU, Widener was 20-of-34 for 275 yards and a touchdown and two picks. NAU finished with nearly 400 yards of total offense. The Jacks now go on a three-game road trip, starting next Saturday in Vermillion, South Dakota to take on the Coyotes. Kickoff is at 11 a.m., with the pregame show starting at 10 a.m. next Saturday on KAFF Country 93.5/AM 930 in Flagstaff and Fun Oldies 97.9 in Prescott.
Post game interviews from head coach Chris Ball, safety Morgan Hess and wide receiver Stacy Chukwumezie. Click here: