With five games left in conference play, senior quarterback Case Cookus has broken the school record for touchdown passes. When he completed a pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Stacy Chukwumezie, he surpassed the record with 95.
The record breaking pass was thrown at Weber State University’s Stewart Stadium Saturday, Oct. 19. In the second quarter, Cookus completed a 94-yard pass to Chukwumezie with 34 seconds left in the half.
Cookus added to the record later in the game when he tossed to freshman wide receiver Hendrix Johnson who sat under the ball for a 44-yard pass with 14:50 in the fourth quarter.
Jason Murrietta previously held the touchdown passing record after playing for NAU from 2003 to 2006.
This is not the only record Murrietta holds that Cookus is chasing down.
Murrietta held the record for touchdown passes in a single season at 34. This was also claimed by Cookus during his 2015 season when he threw 37 as a freshman.
After the Weber State game, Cookus is only 1,038 passing yards away from Murrietta’s current single-season record of 3,472 yards.
Cookus has been playing in Flagstaff for five seasons. After a historic freshman year, he appeared in only four games during his second season due to a season-ending injury. He made a return in 2017 and had yet another historic year. Following the pattern, Cookus suffered an injury in the second game of the 2018 season.
One of Cookus' noteable receivers was Emmanuel Butler. The New Orleans Saints picked up the ex-Lumberjack receiver as an undrafted free agent, and he is now on their practice squad. Before his taste in the NFL, he caught 21 of Cookus’ 96 touchdown passes.
Currently, the fifth-year quarterback spends time finding redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandon Porter and Chukwumezie. Cookus has connected with Porter for 627 receiving yards, while Chukwumezie has 653 this season.
As Cookus completes his final season, the Lumberjacks stand fifth in Big Sky Conference. They have a losing 3-4 overall record.
NAU is undefeated in the Walkup Skydome, as it welcomes Portland State University Saturday, Oct. 26.