Game 4: NAU vs. Eastern Washington

Elijah Marks
Elijah Marks


#25 Northern Arizona (1-2) vs. #4 Eastern Washington (2-1)

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 • 4 p.m.

Walkup Skydome, Flagstaff, Ariz.

TV: FOX Sports Arizona PLUS

Radio: Flagstaff HITS 106.1 FM; Phoenix Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM; Prescott Area 97.9 FM Eagle Rocks; Window Rock/Ft. Defiance, Ariz. & Gallup, N.M. KHAC 880 AM

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a high-scoring home opener last weekend, No. 25 Northern Arizona (1-2) looks to continue its win streak at home, as it welcomes No. 4 Eastern Washington for Family Weekend. The Lumberjacks are the only team in the Big Sky to beat the Eagles twice in the last three years. The last time the two teams played each other in Flagstaff was in 2014, when NAU scored a game winning touchdown with 12 seconds left on the clock to earn the victory.


Game Promotions

• Family Weekend

• NAU Water Bottle Giveaway for all fans


Gameday Tickets

Tickets for NAU's game versus Eastern Washington will become available after Thursday at 10 a.m.


The Opening Drive

• Saturday marks the second time in three years that NAU will host Eastern Washington at home in the Walkup Skydome.

• NAU has won the last two meetings over the Eagles. Both times the Lumberjacks beat Eastern Washington, the Eagles were ranked in the top four in the FCS standings.

• NAU is on a six-game home win streak heading into Saturday's game. The Lumberjacks haven't lost at home since Nov. 22, 2014. NAU has gone 15-1 in regular season games in the Walkup Skydome since the 2013 season. The Lumberjacks home record includes two undefeated regular seasons in 2013 and 2015.


Top Storylines

• The 'Jacks are 43-19 all-time on Family Weekend. NAU has won its last nine Family Weekend games, including a 49-41 win over Montana State last season.

• The Lumberjacks scored 73 points versus N.M. Highlands. It was the most since 2012, when the Lumberjacks posted a 69-0 shutout of Fort Lewis. NAU hadn't scored over 70 points in a game since Aug. 29, 1996 in a 75-0 shutout of Western New Mexico.

Case Cookus threw for seven touchdowns in a single game for the second straight season. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 296 passing yards. For every two passes he completed, they equaled a touchdown. It is the most passing touchdowns by any player in the FCS or FBS this season. He's the only quarterback (FBS and FCS) to throw seven touchdowns in a game back-to-back seasons.

Emmanuel Butler caught a career-high five touchdown passes (all from Cookus) to tie the NAU single game record. Butler's previous high was four touchdown receptions set back on Oct. 31 versus Northern Colorado. Butler's touchdown receptions were 13-3-13-51-4 yards each. It is the most touchdown receptions by any player in the FCS or FBS this season.

• True freshman Joe Logan scored a 37-yard touchdown on his first-ever collegiate rushing attempt. On his second rushing attempt, he broke free for a 72-yard touchdown. He finished with 172 yards on nine rushing attempts.


Scouting Eastern Washington

• Head Coach Beau Baldwin is in his ninth season at the helm of the Eastern Washington footballprogram. He has a 74-31 overall record and 50-14 mark in Big Sky play. Under his guidance,has ranked in the top 10 in the FCS in passing offense seven times. Baldwin has coachedsix national players of the year since 2005.

• Eastern Washington is coming off a last second fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown and win over then No. 10 Northern Iowa at home. Missing from the game was All-Americanand reigning FCS STATS Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp. The Eagles produced 403yards of offense, and made a quarterback switch late in the game to enter this weekend 2-1.

• The Eagles' lone loss of the season came during Week 2 at the hands of FCS powerhouseNorth Dakota State. EWU battled the Bison all the way into overtime action, but it was NDSUthat registered a 50-44 win.

• EWU is averaging 41.0 points per game and 44.5 points on the road. The Eagles opened theseason with a 45-42 victory over FBS competitor Washington State on the road. EWU is 1-1away from home this season.

• The Eagles are ranked in the top 10 in the FCS in passing offense (1st), total offense (5th),team passing efficiency (8th), and scoring offense (10th).

• Gage Gubrud has started all three games for the Eagles at quarterback completing 73 of 106passes with six interceptions. He's tallied 1,038 passing yards and has thrown 10 touchdowns. Kupp – his biggest target – leads the team with five receiving touchdowns and 268 yards. KendrickBourne has a team-high 372 receiving yards on 25 catches for one score.

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