Nov. 13, 2004
LaVell Edwards Stadium - Provo, Utah
New Mexico has won back-to-back games at BYU for the first time in the 54-year history of the series...the Lobos ended a 31-year drought with their 20-16 in Provo in 2002...UNM improved to 6-4 on the year to attain bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season....the Lobos also earned their fourth straight win this season, tying the longest streak under head coach Rocky Long...New Mexico also improved to a stunning 8-0 following bye weeks, under Rocky Long...UNM is 11-0 since 1996 following scheduled open weeks.
In addition: UNM has won at least 4 conference games in three straight years for only the second time in school history (also 1958-60), the Lobos will also have at least 6 wins in four straight years for the first time since 1961-64 and have clinched their fourth straight non-losing season for the first time since 1958-64...New Mexico has a 10-3 record in November games since 2001.
UNM has also won 4 road games this year (4-2), including 3 straight, for the first time since 1997 (4-1)...the lone setbacks were at Oregon State and at Air Force...New Mexico is 6-1 in its last 7 MWC road games, 8-2 in its last 10 and 10-3 in its last 13.
New Mexico played its first 10 a.m. game in four years...in their last morning start, the Lobos defeated Air Force 29-23 on Oct. 21, 2000 in Colorado Springs.
Saturday was New Mexico head coach Rocky Long's 83rd game at his alma mater, surpassing Bill Weeks (1960-67) for most career games leading the Lobo program...Long is (39-44) 10 games into his seventh season.
Junior tailback DonTrell Moore went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth straight game on the road, fifth time overall this season and 18th time in his career...Moore finished with 101 yards on 25 carries, including 44 in the fourth quarter alone...he now has 3,516 career rushing yards...in 9 November games, Moore is averaging 148.3 yards on the ground.
Junior wide receiver Hank Baskett turned in one of his best games of the year, after giving his left knee bruise time to heal over the bye week...Baskett notched his 3rd 100-yard game of the year, finishing with 125 yards on just 4 catches...he also made a leaping finger tip grab for his 3rd TD of the year.
UNM had a season-high 7 sacks for a loss of 46 yards, the most since the 2003 regular season finale at Wyoming...several of the sacks were a direct result of tight coverage in the secondary....BYU notched just 2 sacks, allowing the Lobos to take over the MWC lead with 34 sacks this season...six different players dropped BYU QB John Beck, including freshman Michael Tuohy who had a career-high 2 sacks from his defensive end position.
The league's best rushing defense also held BYU RB Curtis Brown to a mere 14 yards on 11 carries, snapping his streak of 4 straight games over 100 yards...Brown had been averaging 117.6 yards in MWC play and 76.8 yards rushing overall...the past 3 games, New Mexico has allowed 74 total yards rushing (24.7 avg.) and 783 yards of total offense (261 avg.).
New Mexico forced 3 more turnovers, while committing just one...UNM is now +13 (27-14) on the season in turnover margin...in 6 MWC games, its +13 (17-4) and its 14-2 during the four-game winning streak.
Sophomore QB Kole McKamey completed 58.3% of his passes (12-7) and had 143 yards, his best total in 7 games since throwing for 173 vs. Texas Tech...McKamey had his streak of 79 straight pass attempts without an interception snapped at the end of the 2nd quarter...under pressure, he tried to throw the ball away, but was unable to get the pass past the BYU secondary, resulting in the INT...McKamey hadn't thrown a pick in 4 games (3rd quarter vs. Utah)...New Mexico is 5-1 this season when both McKamey and DonTrell Moore are in the starting lineup.
The Lobos' 14 points in the first quarter were the most by UNM in the opening period since also scoring 14 vs. UNLV on Nov. 1 last year - a span of 14 games...UNM went 3-and-out on its first two possessions before scoring a pair of touchdowns on its next two drives...the Lobos held the ball for a combined 1:20 on its two 1st quarter scoring drives
The Lobos had their longest scoring drive of the year in terms of plays, yards and time of possession...New Mexico drove the ball 87 yards on 15 plays, using up 7:52 of the third and fourth quarters...DonTrell Moore plunged in for a 1 yard TD to give the Lobos a 21-7 lead with _ remaining in the game.
Junior cornerback Gabriel Fulbright notched his 5th interception of the year, establishing a career-high...his previous high was 4 INTs in 2003...Fulbright and teammate Brandon Payne have combined for 10 INTs this season, the best of any cornerback duo in the Mountain West Conference.