Sept. 25, 2004
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - D.D. Cox ran for three touchdowns and 110 yards, and New Mexico shut down New Mexico State's stagnant offense in a 38-3 win Saturday night.
The Lobos (2-2) had no trouble beating the Aggies (1-3) for the 29th time in the last 36 games, but this win could be costly for a team that takes on No. 14 Utah next week.
Lobo halfback DonTrell Moore, the leading rusher in the Mountain West Conference, left the game early in the third quarter with a strained ligament in his left knee.
Moore, who last year rushed for a single season school record of 1,450 yards, was hit while trying to field a punt and was carted off the field moments before Cox's third score gave the Lobos a 24-0 lead with 9:02 left in the third quarter.
Cox, who had rushed for just 50 yards in the Lobos' first three games, also scored in the first half on runs of 10 and 1 yard. Before Moore was injured, the duo took turns running through huge holes in the Aggies' defensive front. Moore had 92 yards on 17 carries.
New Mexico's defense was equally tough.
New Mexico State had 1 yard of offense in the first quarter and two first downs and 41 yards in the first half. The Aggies didn't get a first down until the 12:05 mark of the second quarter and finally crossed midfield on a run by Justine Buries on the final play of the third quarter.
That drive enabled the Aggies to avoid the shutout, with Ryan Guardia's 27-yard field goal with 12:41 left in the game.
The Lobos led 17-0 at halftime after Wes Zunker hit a 23-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.
Zunker's field goal was set up by an 18-yard run by Moore to the NMSU 35 and a 23-yard run by quarterback Kole McKamey.
The Lobos' lead would have been larger if not for the Aggies' first interception of the season - by Shukree Shabazz - on a pass into the end zone by McKamey intended for Hank Baskett.