LOGAN — Northridge ended Logan's 14-game winning streak and hopes of back-to-back undefeated seasons on Friday.
Junior quarterback Nate Kusuda led the Knights to a 41-27 win and racked up 231 yards on 9 of 18 passing attempts for three touchdowns.
"It's all because of the line. I couldn't do that if the line didn't block as well as they did," Kusuda said. "It's a great start for us. If we can prove that we can beat a second-ranked team, I think we can beat anybody."
The Grizzlies drew first blood when quarterback Luke Falk found senior wide receiver Jesse Braddy from 14 yards out to put the Grizzlies up 7-0.
Northridge answered back with a big kickoff return to midfield before Kusuda connected with senior Davey Adams out of the backfield for the 19-yard score to tie the game with 7:34 to go in the first quarter.
Kusuda and the Knights struck again two minutes later on a 52-yard pass to senior running back Dallin Isaacson to go up 14-7.
Not to be outdone, Falk tossed a bomb of his own to junior receiver Taylor Compton with 1:18 left in the first quarter, but kicker Jake Thompson's point-after attempt was blocked to make it 14-13.
Then Northridge started rolling and forced four turnovers.
"The only reason we blew things open there in that second part of the game was they turned the ball over," Northridge head coach Erick Thompsen said..
"We feel very fortunate to get out of here with a win… Logan's probably the best team we'll play all year. We have great respect for them."
Junior linebacker Austin Ricks picked off a Falk pass midway through the second quarter, giving the Knights the ball back on their own 32-yard line.
Kusuda took advantage and hit senior wide out Zach Hayes on a 65-yarder to go up by eight.
Northridge scored 27 unanswered points to take a commanding 41-13 lead into the fourth quarter.
Injuries didn't help Logan.
Falk went out partway in the third quarter after taking a vicious hit on a quarterback sneak and was replaced by Braddy, who had 149 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns under center.
Senior linebacker Chasen Andersen, Utah State head coach Gary Andersen's son and prized in-state recruit, went down on the first defensive play with a possible torn ACL.
"It never helps you, but it's never a reason for your performance to go down," Logan head coach Mike Favero said. "It's part of the adversity that comes with the sport of football. It's part of the luck element. Everybody crosses their fingers and hopes that you never have any injuries, but unfortunately we've had a boatload of them this year and it's our job to overcome that."
The Grizzlies made a game of it at the end, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter under Braddy, who also left the game with an injury, but the deficit—and turnovers—proved too much to overcome as Northridge won 41-27.
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