In order for New Mexico to beat Fresno State they had to control the tempo of the game and keep the Bulldogs offense off the Field. Through the first 39 minutes the Lobos executed their game plan and had a 17 to 7 lead with a minute left. The Lobos offense did a good job of moving the ball and sustaining long drives; this kept the defense fresh and kept the Bulldogs offense off the field.
The next 37 seconds would change the game; the Bulldogs drove the ball in that time span scoring a touchdown on a 10 yard pass from Brian Burrell to Josh Quezada. Instead of going into the locker room with a ten point lead the Bulldogs were now only down 3 and would receive the second half kickoff. The Bulldogs would take the second half kickoff and score another touchdown and take control of the game. The Lobos managed to score in the third quarter off of a Lamar Jordan yard touchdown pass to David Anaya but that would be the last time that New Mexico would score. Fresno State would score two more second half touchdowns giving them their first conference win of the season 35-24.
"Reminds me a little bit there of the State (Arizona State) game where we were in a position at halftime I felt to really make a move in the second half," head coach Bob Davie said in his post game press conference. "The stage was set; we’re just not good enough yet. That’s my responsibility, we’re not good enough yet to go perform against a team like that for the entire game and go win the game. And that’s the reality, that’s the truth."
The Lobos gained 289 yards in the first half but the Bulldogs made adjustments and held the Lobos to just 93 yards in the second half. The Lobos were led by Crusoe Gongbay who had 163 yards rushing. Redshirt freshman quarterback Lamar Jordan once again had a good scoring on an impressive 26 yard run. He finished the night with 35 yards rushing and 97 yards passing with a touchdown. Jordan continued to show that he is capable of making good reads out of the option and big play ability.
"I'm always just proud of how Lamar performs every game. He goes out there with the confidence of a fifth-year senior and that's what drives him. He's not afraid to make a mistake. He's not afraid to chase after those big plays. He's just the type of guy that; he pushes himself hard, sometimes a little too hard. But he's the guy that will work hard and he'll put himself out there for the team" Davie said on Jordan Performance.
Fresno State’s offense started the game slow but ended the game racking up 598 yards of total offense, 321 passing and 278 rushing with three second half touchdowns Brian Burrell who was supposed to split time with Brandon Connette but his performance kept him on the field. He finished the game with 318 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He also gained 68 yards on the ground on 14 carries. The Bulldogs leading rusher Marteze Waller had his second career 100 yard rushing game with 168 yards on 19 carries.
The Bulldogs will next face San Diego State Next Friday while the Lobos will face the University of Texas San Antonio on Saturday Oct. 5.