Saturday, October 28, 2006
Football: Lobos Beat Colorado St., 20-19
FORT COLLINS, Colo. Kenny Byrd kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired and Donovan Porterie directed New Mexico to its third straight comeback victory, beating Colorado State 20-19 Saturday night.
Porterie, who had led second half wins over UNLV and Utah, completed 15-of-25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Rodney Ferguson ran for 80 yards and a touchdown for New Mexico (5-4, 3-2 Mountain West Conference).
Byrd also kicked a 39-yard field goal. It was his third career game-winning field goal.
Caleb Hanie was 25-for-40 passing for two touchdowns and an interception. Damon Morton caught seven passes for 94 yards and two TDs for Colorado State (4-4, 1-3)
New Mexico trailed 19-10 after three quarters but on the first play of the fourth quarter Hanie was intercepted by Quincy Black, giving the Lobos the ball at the Colorado State 35. New Mexico cashed in when Porterie found Travis Brown on a perfect strike for a 35-yard score nine seconds into the final quarter.
Colorado State drove to the New Mexico 17, but after Hanie was sacked, Jason Smith missed a 42-yard field goal with 9:02 left in the game. Its defense forced a punt with 5:15 remaining.
New Mexico got the ball back with 3:16 left. Ferguson ran for 15 yards to begin a 10-play, 63-yard drive that reached the Colorado State 16. Following a timeout, Byrd split the uprights.
New Mexico scored the first two times it had the ball to take a 10-0 lead after one quarter. Porterie and the Lobos capitalized on a short field and a pass interference penalty to drive 55 yards.
Facing a third-and-5 at the Colorado State 25, Marcus Smith drew a pass interference call at the Rams 10 and two plays later, Ferguson ran untouched into the end zone from the 5.
Colorado State made it as far as midfield and after a punt, the Lobos marched 58 yards to set up a 39-yard field goal by Byrd as the first quarter expired to make it 10-0. Ferguson contributed a 26-yard run.
New Mexico outgained Colorado State 103 to 28 yards in the first 15 minutes. CSU turned the tables, 123 to 22 yards in the second quarter to send the game into intermission tied at 10.
The Rams put together a 57-yard drive. Hanie completed 4-of-5 passes for 35 yards, the last 35 yards a 4-yard TD toss to Morton.
It was the first score of any kind in 90 minutes and 47 seconds. Their last score came on a 3-yard run by Hanie with 37 second left in the first half of the Air Force game.
Smith connected on a career-long 49-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining in the first half.
Smith's second field goal of the game, a 38-yarder with 5:52 left in the third quarter, put Colorado State ahead 13-10. It came a play after Morton dropped a pass in the end zone.
The Rams scored again after linebacker Jeff Horinek recovered Porterie's fumbled snap exchange at the New Mexico 42. Three plays later Morton made a one-handed grab of a 30-yard pass from Hanie with 2:05 left in the third quarter. Holder Jammie Kaylor dropped the snap on the PAT and the lead was 19-10.
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