New Mexico fumbles away comeback attempt, falls 14-10 to Colorado State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/03/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 3, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Trailing by four, New Mexico had the ball at Colorado State's 15-yard line with 23 seconds left, but quarterback Tarean Austin fumbled the ball when he was sacked by Ram defensive lineman Nordly Capi.

Capri recovered the fumble to preserve Colorado State's 14-10 victory and thwarted the Lobos' late rally

With New Mexico at the Rams' 15-yard line with 23 seconds left, Capi stripped quarterback Tarean Austin, then fell on the ball to thwart the Lobos' last chance.

Chris Nwoke's 2-yard touchdown run with 7:17 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Rams up in the season and Mountain West opener for both teams.

After a scoreless first quarter that featured a missed field goal by each team, both squads found the end zone in the second quarter.

With 2:37 left in the half, Colorado State receiver Crockett Gillmore out-jumped defensive back A.J. Butler in the end zone for a 33-yard score.

The Lobos moved right back down the field in five plays, capping the drive with a 27-yard pass from Austin to Lamaar Thomas.