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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:55 am | Updated: 8:46 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

FLAGSTAFF - The Northern Arizona football team scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 27-7 victory over Southern Utah Saturday.

Ryan Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run gave the Lumberjacks (2-1) a 20-7 lead with 6:30 remaining.

On their next possession, Philo Sanchez scored on a 24-yard rush with 3:28 left. He finished with a game-high 97 yards rushing on 25 carries.

Southern Utah dropped to 0-3.

NAU opens Big Sky Conference play next Saturday at Weber State.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, though NAU did pick off two Wes Marshall passes in the quarter, the first of which was intercepted by K.J. Gerard at the NAU 1 on the opening possession of the half. Marcus McIlwain made a pick on the Thunderbirds’ next possession.

NAU also recovered two fumbles, one apiece by Bruce Branch, who had a game-high 10 tackles, and Jeff Singleton.

Lumberjacks coach Jerome Souers said he was very impressed with the performance of Branch, a senior linebacker.

‘‘We really felt Bruce out there today, in pressure and in run containment,’’ Souers said.

NAU quarterback Jason Murrietta was 18-for-38 for 209 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

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