Lumberjacks roll past Idaho St. behind QB Kemp

NAU quarterback Blake Kemp threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns Saturday against Idaho State.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Blake Kemp threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns, two to Emmanuel Butler, to lead Northern Arizona to a 52-7 win over Idaho State on Saturday night.

Northern Arizona (3-3, 2-2 Big Sky) never trailed, getting a 9-yard touchdown run from Delshawn McClellon in its opening possession after Jake Thomas intercepted Idaho State’s Tanner Gueller to set up the four-play scoring drive. McClellon also had a 22-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

NAU 52, Idaho State 7

William Morehand had a 47-yard touchdown catch from Kemp, and Hunter Correll connected with Hunter Burton in the fourth quarter for another 47-yard touchdown. Kelepi Fifita had a 23-yard fumble return for a TD and Griffin Roehler had a 32-yard field goal.

"To come out today and play with the energy that we had was great," NAU coach Jerome Souers said. "The actual matchups that took place today was not reflected in the score. Idaho State interrupted our running game and we were forced to make changes. The team stepped up as a whole. We made plays and scored points to win the game."

Idaho State (2-4, 1-2) got its only score midway through the fourth quarter with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Gueller to his brother Mitch Gueller. Tanner Gueller finished 21 of 40 for 230 yards passing and an interception.