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NAU’s Opportunistic Defense Leads Lumberjacks To An Upset Win Over #25 UC-Davis For Homecoming

NAU’s “bend but don’t break” defense played a huge role in the Lumberjacks 38-21 upset win over the 25th-ranked UC-Davis Aggies on Homecoming Saturday. The Jacks were outgained, had the ball 12 minutes less and they ran half as many plays on offense, but still pulled off the big win. The defense also pulled off a big play as defensive back George Steele returned a fumble 90-yards for a touchdown with 3:46 left in the first half. Freshman defensive back Alex McLaughlin had an interception before leaving with the game with a wrist injury. Freshman quarterback Angel Flores replaced freshman quarterback Adam Damonte in the second quarter and gave NAU a new look behind center. Flores finished six-of-nine for 109 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. He also was NAU’s leading rusher with 19 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, and he had 23 yard catch touchdown, off a half-back pass from Chase Belcher to lead NAU. The Jacks held the Aggies to just 2-of-13 on third downs and two-of-five on fourth down and had three interceptions of quarterback Miles Hastings. With the win, NAU improves to 3-2 against ranked teams, but is 0-and-3 against unranked teams. Next week NAU takes to the road for a big test against another ranked team as they face second-ranked Montana State, who lost to Idaho Saturday. Kickoff is at high noon.

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