After a thrilling 39-38 come-from-behind victory in Sacramento on Oct. 12, the FCS No. 21 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky Conference) return home to the Walkup Skydome to welcome in the Idaho State Bengals for Homecoming on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.
Junior Chase Cartwright will step in as the Lumberjacks starting quarterback, a week after entering for sophomore Kyren Poe in the third quarter to start the comeback.
Poe had started the first five games of the season, until Cartwright finished the game versus Sacramento State.
Cartwright threw for 208 yards on 16-of-19 passing and three touchdowns, leading NAU to touchdowns on his first four drives.
Senior Zach Bauman, NAU’s all-time leading rusher, continues to climb the ladder in the record books. The Chandler, Ariz. native sits at 4,294 career rushing yards, seventh in Big Sky history.
Bauman rushed a season-high 196 yards on 27 carries against the Hornets, including a 7-yard touchdown, and the game-winning 25-yard touchdown with 9:23 left in the final quarter.
Senior Nick Cole may be Cartwright’s favorite receiver. The wideout had five grabs for 104 yards and a 42-yard score in Cartwright’s first drive.
NAU finished with season-highs in total yards (619), passing yards (402), and rushing yards (217).
The Lumberjacks expect a big crowd Saturday as the Bengals (3-3, 1-2 BSC) come in for Homecoming. NAU is 51-34-2 in Homecoming games. The Bengals and Lumberjacks last played on NAU’s Homecoming in 2009. NAU won 40-12.
NAU’s defense has 11 turnovers on the season and leads the conference with four pick-sixes.
The Lumberjacks and Bengals will meet for the 51st time, and NAU has won the last eight match ups.
Cartwright last started in 2012 at home against Fort Lewis before leaving with a season-ending injury right before halftime.