Zach Bauman and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks had a rather quiet first half before the senior running back scorched Idaho State in the third quarter, on his way to a career-high 266 yards in a 39-30 Homecoming victory on Oct. 19 in front of more than 8,200 fans at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
After rushing for 74 yards in the first half, Bauman gained 192 yards in the second half, nearly as many as he had gained in his last game against Sacramento State (196).
The Chandler, Ariz. native rushed for 168 yards in the third quarter alone, in what proved to be the decisive quarter of the game. After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Lumberjacks outscored the Bengals 20-0 in the third and led 32-14 entering the final quarter.
NAU (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky) was down two entering the third quarter, but Bauman led the Lumberjacks on a 6-play, 85-yard drive. Bauman rushed five times for all 85 yards, including a season-long of 57 yards on the second play.
In one drive, Bauman had gained more yards than he had in the entire first half.
After a three-and-out from the Bengals, NAU scored on the first play of the next drive, a 52-yarder from Bauman. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Lumberjacks found themselves leading 25-14.
Bauman rushed for 137 yards on six carries between the two drives.
On the Lumberjacks next drive, Bauman would catch a pass from receiver Alex Holmes and turn it into a 45-yard reception, before junior quarterback Chase Cartwright connected with Jesse Brantley for an 11-yard score to give NAU a 32-14 lead.
1:20 later, Bauman would rush for another score, this one from 9 yards out to give NAU its biggest lead at 39-14. The Lumberjacks would score 33 unanswered points.
Cartwright, who replaced Kyren Poe versus Sacramento State, made his first start since early last season. He threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Idaho State (3-4, 1-3 BSC) would score twice in garbage time to cut the deficit to nine points.
The Bengals would end up losing their 42nd straight road loss, a streak that dates back to the 2006 season.
Bauman would also finish with a team-high seven catches for 58 yards. With the 324 total yards and 266 rushing yards, he set career-highs. His previous career-high in rushing yards was 253 versus Montana last season.
The running back moved from seventh to fifth in Big Sky history with 4,560 career rushing yards.
NAU next plays on the road at Cal-Poly on Oct. 26.