FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Idaho quarterback John Friesz threw five touchdown passes Saturday as the Vandals remained undefeated in the Big Sky conference play, beating Northern Arizona, 41-31.
The game was billed as a duel between Friesz and Northern Arizona's Greg Wyatt.
Friesz won the quarterback contest as he repeatedly riddled the Lumberjacks' zone defense for 427 yards in completing 21 of 33 passes for the five scores.
Friesz had scoring strikes of 14, 2, 7 and 36 yards and a 98-yard touchdown heave to Lee Allen as the Vandals improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Sky. Northern Arizona fell to 2-3 and 1-2.
Wyatt, the conference all-time leader in completions and attempts, threw for 310 yards on 28-of-40 passes and two touchdowns. Wyatt, in surpassing the 9,000-yard mark, now has 786 career completions, passing Mark Hermann of Purdue (772), John Elway of Stanford (774), Kevin Sweeney of Fresno State (780) and Iowa's Chuck Long (781) to become No. 7 on the all-time NCAA list.
Ben Bennett of Duke is Wyatt's next target with 820. At the top is Neil Lomax of Division II Portland State with 938.
Northern Arizona running back Edmond Bardwell rushed for 190 yards on 23 carries and a 5-yard touchdown run, as he continued in place of starter Lavon Worley.
Idaho scored on three of its first five possessions, building a 21-0 lead with 6:48 left in the first half. NAU finally scored on Bardwell's run with 3:38 left in the half.