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Scouting Northern Arizona: Walsh says running back Bauman holds the key

Cal Poly football head coach Tim Walsh calls the offense of No. 15 Northern Arizona the most balanced the Mustangs have faced all season. 

And with a quarterback who’s passed for more than 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns and a running back who’s rushed for more than 1,000 yards, the Lumberjacks have proven to be effective in both aspects. 

Yet, whereas teams have hurt the Cal Poly defense with a quick and efficient passing game in each of the Mustangs’ two losses this season, Walsh said it’s Northern Arizona senior running back Zach Bauman that will command his attention today.

“You can’t let Zach Bauman have a great game,” Walsh said. “If he has a big game, it just makes all the complements in the pass game that much better.” 

Bauman had a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns against Montana last month, and since then, teams have focused on stopping him. He’s been held under 100 yards each of the past two weeks, and Walsh wants to continue that trend.

“I do know that if they’re running the ball well,” Walsh said, “we’re going to struggle.”