MISSOULA, Mont. - Chase Reynolds ran for three touchdowns, Cole Bergquist threw for three and the No. 6-ranked Montana Grizzlies made short work of No. 19 Northern Arizona on Saturday, swamping the Lumberjacks 45-10 in a key Big Sky Conference game.
Reynolds had runs of 6 and 37 yards in the first half, as Montana (8-1 overall, 4-1 Big Sky) took advantage of two interceptions by Colt Anderson and two NAU fumbles to build a 31-3 lead.
The tailback added a 67-yard scoring run as the lead grew to 38-3 early in the third quarter. He finished with 157 yards on 12 carries as the Griz overpowered NAU’s vaunted run defense.
Northern Arizona (6-3 and 4-2) fell off the pace in the Big Sky with the second straight lopsided loss. The Lumberjacks were allowing 18.8 rushing yards a game, but surrendered more to the Griz, 223, than they had the entire season.
“I think I can speak on behalf of everybody in our program on how disappointed we are in our performance today,” said NAU coach Jerome Souers.