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Arizona vs. NAU: Tra'Mayne Bondurant provides turning point against Lumberjacks

Bondurant came up with two picks on the day, including a pick-six on the first play of the second half that gave the Cats momentum the rest of the way

Tra'Mayne Bondurant came up with two picks in the season opener against Northern Arizona
Tra'Mayne Bondurant came up with two picks in the season opener against Northern Arizona
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At halftime, the Arizona Wildcats led Northern Arizona by just 14 points, thanks in large part to a 91-yard touchdown run by Daniel Jenkins.  Outside of the first drive of the game, the offense was just not moving the ball at all.

NAU won the coin toss, and deferred until the second half.  They started with the ball on their own 18.

Kyren Poe dropped back on the first offensive play of the half, released the ball, but unfortunately for him, the ball found Tra'Mayne Bondurant.

"It always feels good," said Bondurant.  "The touchdown's always great.  Just appreciate everything that you work for.  I got the interception just by playing hard, so that's always good.  My coach will be happy for that."

Even in a game with a 91-yard run, that play is what set the tone for the offense and the defense the rest of the way.

"Once it happened, I seen everyone going crazy, I knew the offense would go out and do what they had to do," said Bondurant.

"Tra'Mayne's always around the ball," added Jake Fischer.  "It doesn't matter where he is, the ball just kind of gravitates towards him.  He just makes plays for us, and the rest is history."

"Whenever the ball gets tipped it goes right to him.  He's just a ball player."

"Those are extra possessions," said head coach Rich Rodriguez.  "If you can sneak out a couple extra by a turnover that's huge."

If you can remember back to the 2011 NAU game, it was almost the exact same situation coming out of the locker room for the second half.  Arizona was up 14-10, NAU started with the ball close to their endzone, and Trevin Wade intercepted Cary Grossart to completely turn that game around for the Wildcats.

Déjà vu all over again.