Sept. 3, 2004
September 3, 2004
Albuquerque, N. M.
Washington State defeated the Lobos tonight, 21-17, in front of 34,860 fans at University Stadium, the 9th largest crowd in school history. New Mexico falls in its home opener for the first time since the 2000 season.
The 0-0 first half was the Lobos' first since Oct. 25, 1997 at Utah. The Utes eventually won that game 15-10.
The Lobos had a punt blocked for the first time since Colorado State's David Anderson did so in 2002, a span of 16 games.
Junior TB DonTrell Moore rushed for over 100 yards for the ninth consecutive game at University Stadium, and the 14th time overall. He tallied 167 yards in tonight's game, which included a career-long 61-yard burst for his 33rd career touchdown. Moore continues to add to the school record for career rushing touchdowns with every score. Against the Cougars last season Moore was held to just 21 yards on 11 attempts in UNM's 23-13 loss.
DonTrell Moore's 167 yards rushing are the most against Washington State since Ohio State's Maurice Clarett had 230 yards against the Cougars in 2002. Moore now has 2,751 career yards and he remains in 4th place all-time at UNM.
Moore's 204 all-purpose yards (167 rush, 23 receiving, 14 punt returns) is his second-best game at UNM trailing last year's 242 rushing yards against Colorado State.
New Mexico WR Hank Baskett established career-highs for receptions (9) and yards (165) in tonight's game. His previous best was three receptions against Utah and 48 yards against UNLV, both during last season. Baskett came into the game with 19 career receptions for 309 yards. The 165 yards are the most by a Lobo since Dwight Counter had 171 last year vs. UNLV.
UNM NT Marcus Parker has seven career sacks with four of the seven coming against Washington State. He had two tonight and two in last season's 23-13 loss at WSU.
The Lobos had won 16 consecutive games when leading after three quarters before tonight's loss. UNM led 17-7 going into the 4th quarter tonight. The last time New Mexico lost when leading going into the fourth quarter was against BYU in 2001. UNM led 13-10, but lost 24-20 to the 17th-ranked Cougars. The Lobos' are now 28-8 when leading after three quarters under Rocky Long.
New Mexico committed four turnovers (3 int/1 fumble) - all in the 2nd half - tonight compared to WSU's three miscues (2 int/1 fumble). Under Rocky Long, the Lobos are now 4-27 when committing more turnovers than their opponent.
Washington State had to travel just 22 yards for two of its scores, an 18-yard TD pass early in the 3rd period then just four yards midway through the 4th quarter after the blocked punt.