Nov. 20, 2004
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Quarterback Kole McKamey scored on an 80-yard option run in the third quarter and New Mexico's defense kept Wyoming out of the end zone in a 16-9 win Saturday that ensures the Lobos of a third straight bowl bid, a first in school history.
New Mexico (7-4, 5-2), won its fifth straight to finish second in the Mountain West behind BCS bowl hopeful Utah. Wyoming (6-5, 3-4) will also get a bowl bid - the Cowboys' first in 11 years - if Utah beats Brigham Young on Saturday night.
McKamey, mediocre in the first half when he completed just 5 of 11 passes for 40 yards, erased a 6-2 Wyoming lead with his scoring run with 6:13 left in the third quarter. McKamey faked a handoff, found a seam in the defense and outran Wyoming safety Ron Rockett with 6:13 left in the third quarter.
Wyoming came right back and tied the game at 9-9 on Deric Yaussi's third field goal, a career-best 51-yarder with 1:46 left in the third. Yaussi, who also had field goals of 31 and 25 yards in the first half, missed from 52 and 48 yards earlier in the third quarter.
New Mexico halfback DonTrell Moore broke the tie with a 20-yard touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter. It was set up by McKamey's 24-yard run.
Wyoming's final drive, which started at the Cowboys' 1-yard line after Tyler Gaus' punt bounced out of bounds there, ended at the New Mexico 39 with just over four minutes left. Wyoming elected to punt and the Lobos ran out the clock.
McKamey finished with 152 yards rushing on 15 carries and Moore had 150 on 28 carries to go over 1,000 yards for the third straight season. McKamey had 111 yards rushing in the third quarter, when Wyoming was unable to adjust to the Lobos' option.
Wyoming halfback Ivan Harrison darted his way for 93 yards on 26 carries, while Corey Bramlet was 19-of-31 for 213 yards.
Wyoming took a 6-2 halftime lead on Yaussi's field goals late in the first half.
The first was set up by a 12-play drive that reached the New Mexico 14 before stalling. New Mexico's offense set up Yaussi' second field goal a minute and 16 seconds later. Moore fumbled a bad pitch from McKamey and Wyoming defensive back John Wendling recovered at the New Mexico 8. Again New Mexico's defense held as Bramlet threw three straight incomplete passes.
New Mexico's defense accounted for the Lobos only points in the first half. Linebacker Nick Speegle and safety Charles Brown sacked Bramlet in the end zone for a safety with 1:43 left in the first quarter.