GRIZvsNAU

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Founded: 1899
Enrollment: 23,845
Nickname: Lumberjacks
Big Sky Champs: 1978, 2003

  • HEAD COACH: Jerome Souers, 17th season at NAU (102-94-0)
  • CONFERENCE: Big Sky Conference
  • STADIUM: Walkup Skydome (15,300)
  • 2015 PRESEASON POLL: 5th place (coaches), 6th place (media)
  • 2014 RECORD: 7-5 (5-3 Big Sky) 5th Place
  • 2015 RECORD: 2-1 (0-0 Big Sky)
  • SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series 34-13
  • LAST MEETING: Sept 28, 2013 – Northern Arizona won in Flagstaff 34-16

NAU Football Schedule/Results

Northern Arizona has played three games so far in the 2015 season.  The first game saw Northern Arizona travel to Stephen F. Austen to get its first win of the season, beating the other Lumberjacks 34-28.  Then NAU returned home for game 2 to host DII New Mexico Highlands where the Lumberjacks ran away in a 41-5 win.  Having to feel good after two good wins, NAU then took on FBS Arizona in game 3.  NAU didn’t look good at all and got absolutely demolished by the PAC12 program, losing to Arizona 77-13.

Below is Northern Arizona’s full schedule as well as last year’s season results, and a list of conference championships.

 

Record: 2-1 (0-0 Big Sky) | Home: 1-0 | Away: 1-1 | PF: 88 | PA: 110

2015 Schedule/Results
DATEOpponentRESULTRECORD
Sat, Sept 5@ Stephen F. AustinW 34-281-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 12vs New Mexico HighlandsW 41-52-0 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 19@ FBS ArizonaL 13-77
Sat, Sept 26@ #14 Montana2:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 3vs #15 Montana State
Sat, Oct 10@ UC Davis
Sat, Oct 24vs Weber State
Sat, Oct 31vs Northern Colorado
Sat, Nov 7@ #11 Eastern Washington
Sat, Nov 14vs Sacramento State
Sat, Nov 21@ Southern Utah

2014 Schedule/Results

DATEOpponentRESULTRECORD
Sat, Aug 30@ San Diego StateL 7-380-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 6@ Abilene ChristianW 27-211-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 13vs New Mexico HighlandsW 62-232-1 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 20@ South DakotaL 21-282-2 (0-0)
Sat, Sept 27vs Cal PolyW 38-353-2 (1-0)
Sat, Oct 4@ Northern ColoradoL 17-243-3 (1-1)
Sat, Oct 18@ Portland State StateW 21-174-3 (2-1)
Sat, Oct 25vs Eastern WashingtonW 27-275-3 (3-1)
Sat, Nov 1@ Weber StateW 29-226-3 (4-1)
Sat, Nov 8vs UC DavisW 23-217-3 (5-1)
Thu, Nov 15@ North DakotaL 28-307-4 (5-2)
Sat, Nov 22vs Southern UtahL 14-227-5 (5-3)

** denotes playoff game

Northern Arizona Championships

No.YearRecordSelector
119568-2Frontier Conference Co-Champions
219578-1Frontier Conference Champions
3195811-1Frontier Conference Champions
419596-2-1Frontier Conference Champions
519606-3-2Frontier Conference Co-Champions
619613-5-1Frontier Conference Champions
719626-4Frontier Conference Champions
819788-2Big Sky Conference Champions
920039-4Big Sky Conference Co-Champions

Northern Arizona has made the playoffs five times since 1996.

Playoff Appearances
NoYearRound & OpponentResultsRecord
119961st Round vs FurmanL 31-420-1
219991st Round @ Georgia SouthernL 29-720-1
320011st Round @ Sam Houston StateL 31-340-1
420031st Round @ McNeese State quarterfinals @ Florida AtlanticW 35-3 L 25-481-1
520131st Round vs South Dakota StateL 7-260-1

Offensive/Defensive Breakdown

Below are the stats for the Griz and Northern Arizona offense/defense from the last three games and how each team compares.

(Stats research from Brint Wahlberg)

Offensive StatsMontanaN. Arizona
Passing Yards356300
Rushing Yards79125
Total Offense435425
Defensive StatsMontanaN. Arizona
Pass Defense182223
Rush Defense212235
Total Defense394459
Other StatsMontanaN. Arizona
Offensive Points Scored26 ppg29.3 ppg
Defensive Points Allowed29.7 ppg36.7 ppg
Turnover Margin-5-4
Fieldgoal %75% made100% made
T.O.P24:1830:04
Red Zone Defense (Touchdowns)72% Allowed91% Allowed
Red Zone Offense (Touchdowns)33%36%

Prediction:

The Griz have clearly struggled on offense the last two games, especially once they get inside the red zone and they have been inside the red zone a lot. With quarterback Brady Gustafson out from his leg injury last week, Chad Chalich has been given the nod to start the game against NAU. The O-Line needs to do a much better job at protecting Chalich this week and giving him and the receivers time to set up routes and make plays. With Chalich’s ability to run, that should allow this offense to move the ball a little bit more, granted the O-Line is able to open up some running paths. Again, execution is huge and will determine whether the Griz win or lose to NAU. Last week execution was the downfall for the Griz. This week, look for the team to limit mistakes and start conference play 1-0. It’s a new season and the Griz get off on the right foot. We’re picking the Griz to win this one 27-21.

GO GRIZ!! BEAT Northern Arizona!!

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