NORTHERN ARIZONA

Northern Arizona’s defense fights off Sacramento State in winning effort

Oct 28, 2017, 10:25 PM
Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus looks for a receiver during the first half during an NCAA ...

Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus looks for a receiver during the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Case Cookus threw for 407 yards and a score and Northern Arizona’s defense recorded two interception returns for touchdowns to lead the Lumberjacks past Sacramento State 37-17 Saturday night.

Wes Sutton intercepted Wyatt Clapper and ran 63 yards to give Northern Arizona (6-2, 5-0 Big Sky) a 17-0 lead. The Hornets quickly responded when, on their next drive, Joseph Ajeigbe galloped 71 yards to reduce the deficit to 10. Both teams added field goals, and in the third, Roman Ale found Elijah Dotson on a 48-yard scoring pass to bring Sac State to within 20-17.

The Lumberjacks stiffened on defense, and offensively, NAU reeled off 17 unanswered points, the finally blow coming with 7:03 left when Kam’Ron Johnson recorded a 46-yard pick-6 off backup Wyatt Clapper for the game’s final margin.

Ajeigbe led Sacramento State (4-4, 3-2) with 119 yards on 11 carries.

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