Kemp, Jountti lead Lumberjacks past No. 10 Montana

NAU running back Corbin Jountti (left) had TD runs of 1 and 13 yards in the third quarter Saturday.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Blake Kemp threw touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half and Corbin Jountti ran for two in the second and Northern Arizona defeated No. 10 Montana 45-34 on Saturday night.

Kemp, who was 11 of 19 for 200 yards in the first half, connected with William Morehand for 74 yards and Delshawn McClellon for 10 on the first two possessions for the Lumberjacks (4-4, 3-2 Big Sky). In the second it was Kendyl Taylor for 19 yards and Jake Thomas for 3 as the Lumberjacks opened a 28-20 lead.

"Montana likes to play really stout run defense, so it left some openings and single coverage over the top," NAU coach Jerome Souers said. "I thought Kemp did a great job taking advantage of those situations when they presented themselves. Our offense really gave us the quick start we were looking for."

NAU 45, Montana 34

Jountti had TD runs of 1 and 13 yards in the third quarter as NAU pushed the lead to 45-20.

"We kept the pressure on the opponent over the course of the game and I thought that was important toward the outcome. … This was a good win to build on. We have a rough stretch ahead after this bye-week, but we needed this and it was a big one for us."

Brady Gustafson, who was 34 of 59 for 394 yards, had two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies (5-2, 2-2). James Homan and Justin Calhoun combined for 17 catches and each had 133 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Logan ran for 114 yards for Northern Arizona and Morehand had five receptions for a career-high 125.