Coming off a 35-0 rout two weeks ago at the hands of the in-state rival Arizona Wildcats, the No. 24 Lumberjacks have an extra week to prepare for the University of California-Davis Aggies (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky Conference) as the two are set to play on Saturday.
All eyes will be on sophomore quarterback Kyren Poe and senior running back Zach Bauman; they are the two key players for this Northern Arizona football team.
Poe completed his first 10 passes against Arizona, but struggled in the second half, finishing 21-for-36 for 176 yards and three interceptions. Bauman rushed 21 times for 71 yards, and now needs 48 yards to become the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Though, the record will come at some point of the season, all Bauman cares about right now is for NAU to get its first win.
Last season, NAU defeated UC-Davis on Homecoming, 21-7 in the teams’ first-ever matchup. Former quarterback Cary Grossart connected with senior Nick Cole and Bauman for a 17-yard and 25-yard touchdown, respectively.
Both offenses struggled, combining for 6-for-28 on third downs, and committing five turnovers. The Lumberjacks’ defense racked up seven sacks on the Aggies.
Davis enters 0-2 after scoring just seven points both times out, both on the road. The Aggies lost to South Dakota 10-7, and last week, lost to Nevada 36-7.
Senior Randy Wright started the season, but has spent the last six quarters on the sideline, in favor of sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea.
Besides Poe and Bauman, eyes will be on first-year Lumberjacks receivers coach Tim Plough, who spent the last 10 years with the Aggies, first as a player, then as an assistant coach. Plough was the starting quarterback in 2007, under current NAU offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who was with the Davis staff from 2004-08.
Plough, though, is looking for a win, no matter which sideline he’s on. Whether it’s against the Aggies or Arizona, he just wants a win no matter where he’s coaching.
The Lumberjacks are 9-7 on the road and 5-5 in non-conference games since 2010.