FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) Case Cookus threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns and Northern Arizona withstood a late flurry to beat Montana State 49-41 Saturday.
The Lumberjacks (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) traded touchdowns with the Bobcats early. Cookus found Emmanuel Butler for a 2-yard score to give NAU a 21-14 lead. Casey Jahn carried the ball in from a yard out to make it 28-14 right before halftime.
Jahn scored again from 6 yards out, then wideout Alex Holmes threw 10 yards to R.J. Rickert to extend the lead to 42-14. Holmes had 72 yards receiving and scored twice. Cookus threw his fourth touchdown pass to Holmes from 13 yards out.
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Dakota Prukop threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns for the Bobcats (2-2, 1-1). He threw for scores of 13, 85 and 40 yards in about a four-minute span in the fourth. NAU recovered the onside kick with 1:48 left to seal it.