New Mexico 26, Colorado State 17
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004
Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium - Fort Collins, Colo.
New Mexico won its third straight game to get over .500 for the first time this year, moving to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West Conference play...UNM has won back-to-back games over Colorado State for the first time since 1981-82...it was the Lobos' first victory in Fort Collins since a 22-14 win in 1995...the last 11 regular season games between the two have been decided by 9 points or less.
New Mexico overcame a halftime deficit for the second straight time on the road (trailed 17-7 at UNLV) and also won for the first time in 5 games this year when allowing its opponent to score first...the second half comeback was just the Lobos' third in 10 tries over the past 2 years.
The Lobos put up 13 points in the 3rd quarter and have outscored their opponents 83-19 in the third quarter this year and 69-9 over the past 7 games...the Rams' TD was the first allowed by UNM in the 3rd quarter since Washington State in the season-opener.
UNM allowed the Rams the gain 242 yards (10.1 yards/play) on its 3 scoring drives, but limited CSU to 78 yards of total offense on its other 11 drives (1.7 yards/play)
The Lobos recovered two fumbles and had 1 interception vs. CSU, all coming in the second half...in the past 6 games, New Mexico has forced 16 turnovers while committing just 4...UNM ranks among the best in the nation with a +11 turnover ratio (24-13) this season, including a 14-3 advantage in 5 MWC games.
Junior TB DonTrell Moore continued his success against the Rams, rushing for 154 yards on 29 carries...Moore passed Winslow Oliver (1992-95), moving atop the UNM all-time list with his 17th career 100-yard game...Moore has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his 3 games against Colorado State and is averaging 192.3 yards/game (577 total) in his career against CSU...Moore has gone over the 100-yard mark in 3 straight road games...the Roswell, N.M. native also scored his 40th career touchdown, passing WR Terance Mathis (1985-89) for the most in UNM history.
Senior K Wes Zunker tied a career-high with 4 FGs, including a 50-yard kick to give UNM a 26-17 lead with 3:26 left in the game...the final FG was his second from 50 yards or more in his career, but first since booting a 51-yarder vs. UTEP on the first attempt of his career as a true freshman in 2001...Zunker is just the 3rd Lobo to have 2 or more 50-yard FGs in his career (2-3), joining Rick Walsh (3) and Jason Bloom (3)...Zunker's 5 attempts, including a missed 48-yarder, were a career-high...it was his second multiple field goal game of the season and sixth of his career...Zunker also converted from 46, 21, and 30 yards out.
Senior LB Nick Speegle continued his stellar play, notching 8 tackles, including 7 solo stops...Speegle also had 2 tackles for a loss of 8 yards and a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage to break up a CSU 3rd down play.
UNM leading receiver Hank Baskett played through a badly bruised left knee that he suffered during the second quarter of last week's win over San Diego State and had a career-long 69-yard catch-and-run TD to put the Lobos up 23-14 in the fourth quarter...Baskett limped into the end zone for his second TD of the year and first since the second game of the season vs. Texas Tech...the TD was also the longest pass play of the year for New Mexico...Baskett also had a 64-yard gain on a screen pass in the season-opener vs. Washington State...Baskett, who had played virtually every offensive snap during the Lobos' first seven games this season before the injury, was slowed considerably during the week in practice and played sparingly on Saturday...he finished with 3 catches for 88 yards.
Junior TB Daniel Ramirez recorded the longest punt return of the year for UNM, a 33-yard runback to set up a 3rd quarter TD by DonTrell Moore...the return also matches the longest the Lobos had in 2003...New Mexico's previous best this season was an 18-yard gain by Brandon Payne at UNLV.
Senior CB Brandon Payne broke Eric Jack's 1994 UNM record in the second quarter with his 15th pass break up of the season...Payne leads the nation with 15 PBUs and 20 passes defended (including 5 INTs)...he grabbed his team-high 5th INT late in the game
Senior WR Martin Romero, a Fort Collins native (Fort Collins HS), playing in front of 50 friends and family members, recorded his first career reception (for 7 yards) in the second quarter during the Lobos' first scoring drive...Romero, a former walk-on, transferred to New Mexico from Northern Colorado University in 2001...he was placed on scholarship this past August.
Jeff Babcock's 89-yard punt in the first quarter (69 net) was the longest ever by a New Mexico opponent...UTEP's Ed Bunn had the previous record with a 83-yard kick in 1991.