There was nothing NAU could do about Arizona's offense Saturday night at Arizona Stadium as the Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks 77-13.
NAU started on its own 30 with a three-yard run by Nick Butier. On third down, Case Cookus found Emmanuel Butler for 18 yards.
Butler caught a pass for 20 yards a few plays later, but an offensive pass interference on second down brought the Lumberjacks back.
The drive eventually led to a 39-yard field goal and NAU took a 3-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first quarter.
After a nice return by to the Arizona 49 by Jared Baker, Nick Wilson gained 12 on the ground. David Richards then caught an 11-yard pass.
Anu Solomon found Cayleb Jones for nine yards and Samajie Grant for seven more. Wilson ran 11 yards to the one and Solomon ran it in as the extra point out the Wildcats up 7-3.
NAU had the ball on its own 25 and on first down, Cookus hit Dejzon Walker for 69 yards. Corbin Jountti ran for a yard and Boutier for two, but an incomplete pass forced a 21-yard field goal to bring NAU within one.
Both teams exchanged drives before Arizona took over on its own 28. Wilson ran for 12 yards on first down and Richards caught a 14-yard pass two plays later.
Grant had a 14-yard grab of his own and on third down, Jones caught an 11-yard reception. A ten-yard catch by Richards then ended the first quarter.
After one play, Grant caught the eight-yard touchdown. The extra point put the Wildcats up 14-6 seconds into the quarter.
NAU looked like it would go three and out with a sack on third down, but Cam Denson was called for a personal foul.
Three plays later, Cookus found Butler for a 62-yard touchdown and the extra point cut Arizona’s lead to 14-12 with 11:52 left in the half.
The Wildcats took possession on their own 25 with a 19-yard pass to Richards. Wilson ran for five yards and NAU was called offside two plays later.
Nate Phillips gained five on a reception before Grant added 14. On the next play, Solomon hit Richards for a 27-yard touchdown and the extra point had the Wildcats up 21-13.
Davonte’ Neal got an interception on third down and Arizona got the ball on the NAU 37. After an offensive pass interference call, Wilson ran for 43 yards.
He gained eight more on the ground and scored from a yard out on the next play. The extra point put Arizona up 28-13 with 8:35 left in the half.
Arizona got the ball on its own 33 and Wilson ran for 11 on first down. After two incomplete passes, Solomon found Shun Brown for 14 yards.
Two plays later, Richards caught a pass for 19 more. After an incomplete pass, he caught a six-yard pass and then a 14-yard touchdown. The extra point proceeded to put Arizona up 35-13 with a few minutes left in the first half.
Arizona got the ball on its own 39 and Jonathan Haden caught an eight-yard pass on first down. Wilson then had gains of 10, 7, and 6.
After two incomplete passes, Jackson grabbed a nine-yard pass. Solomon ran for 16 yards on second down before Wilson scored from a yard out and the extra point put the Wildcats up 41-13 at the half.
After going three and out, Arizona got the ball back on first down with an interception by Denson to the Wildcats’ own 37.
Phillips caught a 31-yard pass on first down and Johnny Jackson gained six on the next play. NAU was called for a pass interference penalty on third down before Wilson gained three.
On the next play, NAU blitzed and Solomon recognized it immediately, as he found Jackson for the 13-yard touchdown and the extra point put the Wildcats up 49-13.
Arizona forced a turnover on downs and on first down, Jerrard Randall ran it in from 72 yards out with the extra point extending the lead to 56-13 with 7:24 left in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone by himself, Randall added a 73-yard touchdown run later in the game to extend Arizona's lead to 50 points in the fourth quarter.