Northern Arizona twice overcame 14-point deficits and scored 17 unanswered points Saturday to beat Weber State 38-35 in a Big Sky Conference game.
Northern Arizona overcame deficits of 21-7 and 35-21 and scored 17 points in the final 23 minutes of the game to run its record to 5-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference. Weber State dropped to 4-6 and 3-5 in conference.The win marked the third consecutive year the Lumberjacks have beaten the Wildcats.
After NAU took a 7-0 lead with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Gerald Robinson, Weber State exploded for 21 points over the next 4 1/4 minutes and threatened to break the game open.
Jamie Martin, the NCAA 1-AA total offense leader, passed for 27 yards to Trevor Shaw to gain a tie. Less than two minutes later, Weber State cornerback Freddie Smith returned a John Bonds interception 46 yards for a score. The extra-point kick was blocked and Weber State led 13-7.
Two and a half minutes later, Martin passed 14 yards to Jon Fuller for a touchdown and completed a pass to Shaw for the two-point conversion to make it 21-7.
NAU gained a 21-21 tie in the second quarter when Charles McKenzie and Robinson each scored on 1-yard runs.
Weber State took a 28-21 halftime lead when Martin passed 1 yard to George Jackson for a TD with 2:54 left in the first half.
Early in the third quarter, Weber State got its final points and assumed a 35-21 lead on a 1-yard run by Gene Ethridge.