In a storied career, senior running back Zach Bauman will play his final regular season home game as Northern Arizona (NAU) will play host to the Northern Colorado Bears (UNC) on Nov. 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Bauman, who became just the ninth player in FCS history to rush for 1,000 yards in four different seasons, already holds numerous school records.
The Chandler, Ariz. product out of Hamilton high school is the career leader in rush yards, rush touchdowns, carries and all-purpose yards. He ranks in the top-15 in season rushing yards four times, with his career-high 1,435 ranking third. During the 2013 season, Bauman sits at 1,137 with two regular season games left.
Even more impressive is his place in Big Sky history. Bauman’s 4,813 career rushing yards ranks him fourth and he’ll need 217 more yards to become third all time.
No. 12 Northern Arizona (7-2, 5-1 Big Sky) and its star running back should find plenty of success against the Bears, who have lost nine straight after winning their season opener. The Lumberjacks have won 10 straight meetings in the series and holds an 11-2 record all time versus UNC.
NAU escaped with a 12-10 victory last season with UNC to win its seventh consecutive game.
Bauman started the season averaging 84.8 yards in NAU’s first five games, with three touchdowns. Since then, the Walter Payton award finalist has averaged 178.8 on the ground in his last four, with five touchdowns.
The Lumberjacks will look for their fifth win at home this year to finish undefeated in the Walkup Skydome this season. The last time NAU played at home, the Lumberjacks defeated North Dakota 48-27. NAU is on a four-game win streak dating back to Oct. 12.
NAU will honor Bauman and 22 other seniors before the game. Others will include safety Lucky Dozier, corner Anders Battle, receiver Nick Cole, defensive end Steven Garcia, defensive tackle Tim Wilkinson, linebacker Ryan Reardon and offensive tackle Kyle Walker.
The Lumberjacks will finish the season on the road against Southern Utah on Nov. 23 and will be looking to capture a berth into the FCS playoffs for the first time since the 2003 season.