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UNM-NMSU FOOTBALL: Lobos run for 541 yards, thrash Aggies 66-17

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UNM's Kasey Carrier, 5, races downfield followed by NMSU's Darien Johnson, left, and Lewis Hill the first half of the game at University Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

UNM’s Kasey Carrier, 5, races downfield followed by NMSU’s Darien Johnson, left, and Lewis Hill the first half of the game at University Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Should the New Mexico Lobos beat the New Mexico State Aggies in football every year? That’s the subject of some debate.
What’s not up for debate is this: The Lobos hung a Grade A, big-time beatdown on the Aggies Saturday night.
New Mexico, scoring almost at will and getting some unaccustomed but welcome big plays from its defense, blasted its downstate rival 66-17 at University Stadium.
An announced crowd of 29,749 watched the Lobos stay in control from start to finish, with only isolated pockets of Aggie success.
New Mexico improved its season record to 2-3. New Mexico State dropped to 0-6.
The Lobos, who rushed for 497 yards in a 56-42 loss to UNLV the previous Saturday, gained 541 yards on the ground in thrashing NMSU.
“I think it was a continuation, really, on our offensive performance from last week,” UNM coach Bob Davie said.
But then, UNM’s onslaught on the ground was by no means unexpected. The Lobos entered the game ranked third in the nation in rushing offense; the Aggies came in ranked 123rd or last in rushing defense.
Perhaps the most pleasant development for the Lobos was a defense that created three turnovers, had three sacks and made key stops on third and fourth down.
Against UNLV, the New Mexico defense gave up 568 yards. Saturday, the Aggies had 451 yards and hit pass plays of 39, 55, 46 and 34 yards.

UNM quarterback Cole Gautsche, 8, runs for a touchdown in front of NMSU's Robert Wagner, 40, during the game at University Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

UNM quarterback Cole Gautsche, 8, runs for a touchdown in front of NMSU’s Robert Wagner, 40, during the game at University Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

But, thanks to the turnovers, the sacks and those 11 stops, the Lobos held NMSU to 17 points.
“As we continue to grow … it’s (all about) developing a defense,” Davie said.
“We gave up some plays, but we came back and made some plays, as well.”
Junior defensive end Brett Bowers, who forced a fumble and had all three of UNM’s sacks, sported an ear-to-ear grin afterward.
“We definitely picked it up, did our job and made some plays,” he said.
On offense, the Lobos scored on their first five possessions, with a 100-yard touchdown kickoff return by Carlos Wiggins thrown in for good measure.
Quarterback Cole Gautsche and running back Kasey Carrier finished with 127 and 126 yards, respectively, and combined for four touchdowns. Wiggins had two carries for 57 yards and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Gautsche in addition to his TD kickoff return.
Carrier said Gautsche’s skill on the option and the outside speed provided by Wiggins, freshman Dameon Gamblin, et al. — plus the threat of the occasional pass — kept the NMSU defense off balance all evening.

“It makes things a lot easier, because now the safeties aren’t thinking about staying in the box,” Carrier said. “They know they have to roll with the guy coming in motion.”
But Carrier also credited a defense that got interceptions from linebacker Tevin Newman and cornerback SaQwan Edwards, as well as Edwards’ recovery of the fumble forced by Bowers.
Newman’s interception and Edwards’ fumble recovery set up a touchdown and a field goal.
Edwards, a converted wide receiver, prevented an NMSU touchdown with his interception in the end zone.
“We have a lot of playmakers on that side of the ball,” Carrier said. “Tonight, they came out and played and showed it.”
The Lobos took control from the outset and never lost it. But if there was a turning point, it might have been Newman’s interception.
After the Lobos broke on top with a seven-play, 69-yard scoring drive, Aggies quarterback Andrew McDonald hit Germi Morrison for a 39-yard gain to the UNM 35-yard line. But the Aggies stalled on their next series of downs, and on a fourth-and-8 play from the 33, Bowers sacked McDonald for a 2-yard loss.
Nine plays later, Carrier scored from the Aggies 1-yard line to make the score 14-0. Was the rout on? Not yet; the Lobos had gone up 14-0 on UNLV the previous week, yet lost by 14.
On the ensuing NMSU possession, Newman — playing in place of senior Rashad Rainey, who was limited with a stiff neck — stepped in front of a McDonald pass and returned it 26 yards to the Aggies 11. Carrier scored on the next play to make it 21-0.
THE SERIES: Both schools now agree that Saturday’s game was the 105th in the series.
Until this year, NMSU had been depriving itself of a victory. In fact, an NMSU news release early last week listed the series as 67-31 in UNM’s favor with five ties.
With Saturday’s outcome, the series now stands at 68-32-5.

 

New Mexico State at New Mexico

New Mexico State - 17

(Record: 0-6)

1 2 3 4 T
NMS 0 14 3 0 17
NM 21 21 10 14 66

66 - New Mexico

(Record: 2-3)

12:12 AM, October 5, 2013

Where: Lobo Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.

Attendance: 29,749

Referee: Jeff Hilyer

Scoring Summary
First Quarter   NM NMS
NM TD 10:54 Kasey Carrier 1 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 7 0
NM TD 05:31 Kasey Carrier 1 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 14 0
NM TD 04:06 Kasey Carrier 11 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 21 0
Second Quarter   NM NMS
NMS TD 14:14 Adam Shapiro 4 Yd Run (M. Johnson Kick) 21 7
NM TD 14:02 Carlos Wiggins 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Justus Adams Kick) 28 7
NM TD 07:43 D Rogers 16 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 35 7
NMS TD 04:17 A. Mcdonald 1 Yd Run (M. Johnson Kick) 35 14
NM TD 02:57 Crusoe Gongbay 1 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 42 14
Third Quarter   NM NMS
NM FG 11:31 Justus Adams 33 Yd 45 14
NM TD 09:08 Carlos Wiggins 33 Yd Pass From Cole Gautsche (Justus Adams Kick) 52 14
NMS FG 03:35 M. Johnson 38 Yd 52 17
Fourth Quarter   NM NMS
NM TD 14:55 Cole Gautsche 15 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 59 17
NM TD 09:07 J Pressley 29 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 66 17
 
Team Stat Comparison
NMS NM
1st Downs 19 24
3rd down efficiency 4-13 5-10
4th down efficiency 0-2 1-3
Total Yards 451 608
Passing 269 67
Comp-Att 20-34 3-8
Yards per pass 7.9 8.4
 
 
NMS NM
Rushing 182 541
Rushing Attempts 40 56
Yards per rush 4.6 9.7
Penalties 4-40 2-15
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 29:20 30:40
 
Passing                    
New Mexico State Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int QBRat
A. Mcdonald 20 34 269 58.8 7.9 3 18 0 2 137.0
New Mexico Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int QBRat
Cole Gautsche 2 4 48 50.0 12.0 0 0 1 0 233.3
Clayton Mitchem 1 4 19 25.0 4.8 0 0 0 0 64.9
                     
Rushing                    
New Mexico State           Rush Yds Avg Long TD
A. Mcdonald           13 35 2.7 16 1
Austi Franklin           1 2 2.0 2 0
Adam Shapiro           1 4 4.0 4 1
B. Betancourt           23 139 6.0 20 0
G. Morrison           1 2 2.0 2 0
TEAM           1 0 0.0 0 0
New Mexico           Rush Yds Avg Long TD
Crusoe Gongbay           7 47 6.7 34 1
David Vega           4 21 5.3 18 0
Demarcus Rogers           4 34 8.5 16 1
Kasey Carrier           14 126 9.0 57 3
Jhurell Pressley           5 37 7.4 29 1
Teriyon Gipson           5 27 5.4 10 0
Cole Gautsche           12 127 10.6 36 1
Carlos Wiggins           2 57 28.5 34 0
Dameon Gamblin           1 11 11.0 11 0
David Anaya           2 54 27.0 51 0
                     
Receiving                    
New Mexico State           Rec Yds Avg Long Td
Austi Franklin           3 28 9.3 18 0
J. Matthews           1 34 34.0 34 0
Joshua Bowen           2 10 5.0 6 0
Adam Shapiro           5 72 14.4 46 0
Jerrel Brown           5 91 18.2 55 0
B. Betancourt           3 -5 -1.7 1 0
G. Morrison           1 39 39.0 39 0
New Mexico           Rec Yds Avg Long Td
Ridge Jones           1 15 15.0 15 0
Carlos Wiggins           1 33 33.0 33 1
Marquis Bundy           1 19 19.0 19 0
                     
Kicking                    
New Mexico State         XPM XPA FGM FGA Long Pct
M. Johnson         2 2 1 1 38 100.0
New Mexico         XPM XPA FGM FGA Long Pct
Justus Adams         9 9 1 1 33 100.0
                     
Punting                    
New Mexico State               Punt Avg Long
C Chapman-brown               5 51.6 70
New Mexico               Punt Avg Long
Ben Skaer               1 53.0 53
                     
Returns                    
New Mexico State KR Yds Avg Long TD PR Yds Avg Long TD
Austi Franklin 1 19 19.0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Shapiro 5 95 19.0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Mexico KR Yds Avg Long TD PR Yds Avg Long TD
Tim Foley 0 0 0 0 0 2 15 7.5 8 0
Carlos Wiggins 2 127 63.5 100 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nik D'avanzo 1 11 11.0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
                     

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