ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Final score: New Mexico 14, Utah State 13. The Aggies miss a 41-yard field goal in the final minutes, and the Lobos win it. They improve to 5-4 on the year, 3-2 in Mountain West Conference play. Utah State is 5-4, 4-2.
Lobos 14, Aggies 13: After a 45-yard interception return, the UNM defense holds and Utah State settles for a 41-yard Brock Warren field goal. There’s 11:47 left in this one.
After three quarters: New Mexico 14, Utah State 10. The Lobos have the ball, 2nd and 9 at the Utah State 45-yard line.
Lobos 14, Aggies 10. Utah State drives 61 yard on 6 plays, culminating in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kent Myers to Andrew Rodriguez. There’s 5:55 left in the third quarter.
Lobos 14, Aggies 3: After a 52-yard Zack Rogers punt, UNM’s David Anaya forces a fumble on the return. Lobos tight end Reece White recovers on the Utah State 3-yard line and running back Richard McQuarley scores on the next play. There”s 13:20 left in the third quarter.
The second half is under way. New Mexico has the ball first, starting at its own 30.
Halftime stats: First downs — UNM 7, USU 5. Rushing — UNM 82, USU 25. Passing — UNM 4-of-5 for 104 yards, USU 7-of-11 for 109.
Halftime: New Mexico 7, Utah State 3. This is a Utah State team that has topped 50 points three times this year; this is a New Mexico team that has given up 30 or more four times. Who’d have thought?
Lobos 7, Aggies 3: After a 40-yard kickoff return, two 15-yard personal foul penalties against New Mexico on the same play set up a 25-yard Jake Thompson field goal. There’s 6:10 left in the second quarter.
Lobos 7, Aggies 0: Quarterback Lamar Jordan hooks up with wide receiver Delane Hart-Johnson on an 86-yard catch and run for the game’s first score. Officials first ruled Hart-Johnson out of bounds at the 1-yard line, but was deemed a touchdown after review. There’s 8:59 left in the second quarter.
After the first quarter: New Mexico 0, Utah State 0. The Aggies had a huge scoring opportunity, driving to the UNM 2-yard line on the strength of a 63-yard screen pass, but the Lobos turned in an outstanding goal line stand to keep USU out of the end zone. As the second quarter begins, Utah State has the ball facing a fourth-and-1 at the UNM 29-yard line.
Utah State has won the coin toss and will receive. And, here we go. …
Good afternoon from University Stadium, where the New Mexico Lobos (4-4 overall, 2-2 in Mountain West Conference play) and the Utah State Aggies (5-3, 4-1) will tee it up in about 25 minutes.
It’s a sunny but chilly day, with a strong southeasterly breeze that’s likely to affect the kicking and passing games (as well as the comfort level of the fans).
I’ll be blogging here with score changes and updates at the quarter and halftime breaks. I’ll also be tweeting @burquerick.