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New Mexico Finally Gets First Win of the Year

The New Mexico Lobos finally got head their first victory of the year and the first victory for head coach Mike Locksley.  On the other hand Colorado State has lost eight in row and is now sitting at 3-8 on the year, with the Border War game against rival Wyoming this Friday.  This game went back and forth the entire way, but it was New Mexico who was able to get a pair of field goals to hold of the Rams.

Colorado State benched QB Jon Eastman in favor of back up Grant Stucker and Eastman did not do too much as he was 9 for 12 with 145 yards with a score and a pick.  Eastman did not need to do much as running back John Mossure had a career day with 177 yards and two scores but that was not enough for the Rams.

New Mexico was also lead by two running backs with Demond Dennis who had 133 yards and then Kasey Carrier who had 87 yards.  Even with the rushing game leading the way QB Donovan Porterie almost gave away the game in the fourth quarter with a 97 yard interception returned by Colorado State which gave the Rams a late fourth quarter lead.  The Lobos did not roll over and their kicker James Aho who had a very bad week last week against BYU came up big with two fourth quarter field goals for the win and three field goals for the game.

The Rams were able to hold the Lobos to 14 third down attempts but New Mexico was able to make plays on third down as they were able to convert six of those, plus they three for four on fourth down conversions. The last drive started for New Mexico on their own forty-five so the distance for a potential game winning field goal was not far off.  New Mexico did convert on a crucial fourth and two to keep the drive alive, and then RB Kase Carrier had a 22 yard run on the following play which set up the game winning field goal.