NAU Football upsets Montana for the first time since 1987
By Devontae Browne
The NAU football team has not beaten Montana in 15 years, but then again, our current conglomerate of players is not like our past football teams.
The Lumberjacks upset the No. 14 ranked Grizzlies 41-31 in Missoula, Mont., increasing their win streak to three games.
NAU struggled during the first half at Montana. Senior quarterback Cary Grossart was under pressure and sacked multiple times. NAU found their rhythm during the last two quarters, keeping the ball out of Montanas’ offense with bold play calls, an effective running game and key conversions on third an fourth downs.
This win was huge not only because it was the NAU’s Big Sky Conference opening game, but also because of Montana’s significant home game history; the last time the Grizzlies lost at home was four years ago, in 2008.
The Lumberjacks won thanks to their great offense who put points on the board and, more importantly, an unbeatable defense who created three interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles and multiple quarterback hurries that lead to incompletions.
Grossart went 16-of-23 for 138 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Zach Bauman rushed for a career high 253 yards on 29 attempts to go along with three touchdowns. Baumans’ most crucial score came in the fourth quarter when NAU needed to put the game away and went up 41-24. Senior running back Covaughn-Deboskie Johnson rushed the ball nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown.