NCAAF Game Recap - Northern Arizona at Arizona
Sat Sep 7, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Arizona 65, Northern Arizona 41

Sep 7, 2019, 10:45 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northern Arizona (1-1)

7

6

14

14

41

Arizona (1-1)

21

30

7

7

65

Arizona bounces back with 65-41 rout over Northern Arizona
Sun Sep 8, 2019 3:13 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona rallied from a season-opening loss by scoring quickly and building an insurmountable halftime lead.

The Wildcats let down in the second half and had too many penalties to be satisfied completely with the win, particularly with the schedule about to get a whole lot harder.

Gary Brightwell ran for 141 yards and a touchdown on five carries, Khalil Tate accounted for three scores and Arizona bounced back from a disappointing opening loss by routing Northern Arizona 65-41 on Saturday night.

"I'm happy about the win, but there's a lot of things that I'm not very happy about," Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said. "I addressed that in the locker room and we're going to continue to address that."

Arizona (1-1) had an extra week off to think about its opening loss to Hawaii.

The Wildcats took it out on the Lumberjacks (1-1) early, scoring on touchdowns on their first seven drives and racking up 517 yards while setting a school record for points in a half for a 51-13 halftime lead.

Arizona finished 720 total yards, 431 rushing. Brightwell scored on a 94-yard run, Darrius Smith scored twice, and J.J. Taylor ran for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Tate hit 13 of 15 passes for 142 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tayvian Cunningham before being replaced by Grant Gunnell with 7:56 left in the second quarter.

The second half was a different story. Arizona's offense stalled, the defense gave up some big plays and the penalties piled up - not what they want with a prolific Texas Tech team coming to the desert next week.

"We aren't satisfied for sure," said Tate, who threw two passes in the third quarter before sitting for good. "We didn't play collectively as well as we should have."

Coming off an opening win against Missouri State, Northern Arizona had a few good offensive moments against Arizona, but dug too a deep of an early hole to ever have much of a chance.

Case Cookus threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for the Lumberjacks.

"Every play, even when you win, you've got to take something away," Cookus said. "I made a lot of mistakes, there's guys across the board who made mistakes and they're a good football team, going to win a lot of football games."

Arizona's onslaught started from the opening drive, when Tate hit Cunningham on a 47-yard score. Next series, Taylor broke free for a 49-yard run, then scored on a 25-yard burst up the middle.

Brightwell made it 21-0 midway through the first quarter, making one defender miss and racing past the rest on a 94-yard touchdown run, tied for second-longest in school history.

Tate went in untouched on a 1-yard run , then found Cunningham for a second time, on an 8-yard TD pass before heading to the bench.

Gunnell stepped in and threw TD passes on his first two collegiate drives, hitting Drew Dixon on a 9-yarder and Thomas Reid III on a 75-yarder.

Gunnell added a 1-yard TD pass to Smith in the fourth quarter to put Arizona up 65-27 and finished 9 of 11 for 151 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northern Arizona never stood much of a chance against the bigger, faster Wildcats, but the experience could help once the Big South season hits.

Arizona bounced back nicely from the Hawaii loss with a dominating performance, even if it was against an FCS opponent.

CASE'S RETURN

Cookus was limited to two games in 2018 due to a broken collarbone and could have left NAU as a graduate transfer, but opted to return as a fifth-year senior. His return was a huge boon to the Lumberjacks and he's had a solid start to the 2019 season.

Cookus made some superb throws while completing 28 of 48 passes against Arizona after throwing for 290 yards and two scores against Missouri State last week.

"He's worked his tail off to get back from his injury," NAU first-year coach Chris Ball said. "He's a great leader, he's extremely smart, has a great arm, he's tough, probably the most competitive guy I've been around."

PILES OF PENALTIES

Sumlin was not pleased with the defense in the second half, but was more concerned with the penalties. Arizona had 11 penalties for 127 yards, many on personal fouls.

"Too many selfish penalties, things we're not going to tolerate," Sumlin said. "The penalties we had today are not OK. It's not about you, it's about us and some of those penalties were about you."

UP NEXT

Northern Arizona hosts Western New Mexico next Saturday.

Arizona hosts Texas Tech next Saturday.

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Passing

NoAZ Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Cookus 48 28 58.3 2 373 56 2 79.6
Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
G. Gunnell 11 9 81.8 3 151 75 0 158.3
K. Tate 17 14 82.4 2 138 47 0 139.7

Rushing

NoAZ Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Romero-Robinson 4 40 10.0 23 1
H. Beemiller 2 18 9.0 11 0
Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Brightwell 5 141 28.2 94 1
J. Taylor 10 102 10.2 40 1

Receiving

NoAZ Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Johnson 7 97 13.9 56 0
B. Porter 8 79 9.9 32 0
Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Reid III 1 75 75.0 75 1
T. Cunningham 3 58 19.3 47 2

Fumbles

Returning

NoAZ KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Stinson 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
A. Aldredge 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0
Ariz KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Brightwell 3 13.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
B. Casteel 0 - 0 0 1 42.0 0 42

Punting

NoAZ Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Arnson 2 86 43.0 54
Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
K. Ostendorp 2 76 38.0 42

Takeaways

Ariz Int Yds InTD
C. Roland-Wallace 1 0 0
J. Whittaker 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

NoAZ Ariz
Points For 41 65
Total Yards 442 720
Rushing Yards 69 431
Passing Yards 373 289
Passing Completions / Attempts 28/48 23/28
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 26 27
Penalties - Yards 4/15 11/127
Time Of Possession 21:21 39:39
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/15 9/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 3/3
Punts - Average Yards 2/43 2/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NoAZ Ariz
Ariz 1:31 TD Tayvian Cunningham 47 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Lucas Havrisik kick) 0 7
Ariz 4:00 TD J.J. Taylor 25 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 0 14
Ariz 7:38 TD Gary Brightwell 94 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 0 21
NoAZ 10:15 TD Stacy Chukwumezie 24 yd pass from Case Cookus (Luis Aguilar kick) 7 21
2nd Quarter NoAZ Ariz
Ariz 2:33 TD Khalil Tate 1 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 7 28
Ariz 5:18 TD Tayvian Cunningham 8 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Lucas Havrisik kick) 7 35
NoAZ 7:04 FG Luis Aguilar 34 yd FG 10 35
Ariz 10:42 TD Drew Dixon 9 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 10 42
Ariz 11:32 SF Team safety 10 44
Ariz 13:19 TD Thomas Reid III 75 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 10 51
NoAZ 15:00 FG Luis Aguilar 43 yd FG 13 51
3rd Quarter NoAZ Ariz
NoAZ 5:52 TD Jacob Mpungi 2 yd run (Luis Aguilar kick) 20 51
Ariz 8:55 TD Darrius Smith 47 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 20 58
NoAZ 11:40 TD Nate Stinson 7 yd run (Luis Aguilar kick) 27 58
4th Quarter NoAZ Ariz
Ariz 4:30 TD Darrius Smith 1 yd pass from Grant Gunnell (Lucas Havrisik kick) 27 65
NoAZ 7:48 TD Terrell Hayward 6 yd pass from Case Cookus (Luis Aguilar kick) 34 65
NoAZ 11:41 TD George Romero-Robinson 23 yd run (Luis Aguilar kick) 41 65

Game Information

Stadium: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 40,741
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