Oct. 24, 2004
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. NEW MEXICO Saturday, October 23, 2004 University Stadium - Albuquerque, N.M. POSTGAME NOTES
Lobos win consecutive games for the first time this year...they have won four straight over San Diego State for the first time in the history of the series...UNM has also won six straight homecoming games.
Tonight's attendance of 37,287 was the fifth-largest in UNM history...this is the third crowd over 37,000 in four home games this year...UNM is averaging 37,769 on the year, on pace to smash the school record of 35,127 set last year.
The Lobos held San Diego State to a -19 yards rushing, tying for the 7th lowest total in school history...UNM is now allowing 113.1 rushing yards per game...SDSU was held to 146 yards of total offense, lowering UNM's total defense average to 322.8 yards per game...the Aztecs entered the night averaging 405.2 yards per game.
The past two years, San Diego State has entered the red zone 10 times against New Mexico...the Aztecs have only scored 2 touchdowns, plus 4 interceptions, 2 missed field goals and 2 drives ending on downs...SDSU is 9-44 on 3rd down conversions against the Lobos the past 3 years...the past 5 years, the Lobo defense is allowing SDSU averages of 11 points per game and 225.2 yards of total offense.
New Mexico recorded a pair of interceptions for the second straight game...the Lobos now have 10 in 8 games this year after recording 13 in 13 games last season... junior cornerback Gabriel Fulbright tied his career-high with his 4th interception this year...it was the 8th INT of Fulbright's career with 4 coming in 3 games against San Diego State...he also had a TD-saving pass break up in the end zone on fourth down late in the fourth quarter...Fulbright and fellow CB Brandon Payne are tied for team lead with 4 picks this season....senior safety Kevin Walton made the first interception of his 44-game career with a diving one-handed grab in the first quarter.
The Lobos had a 2-1 edge in turnovers tonight and hold a 13-4 advantage in takeaways in the last 5 games...for the season, New Mexico is a +8 (21-13) in turnovers.
New Mexico tied a season high with five sacks, giving UNM 23 on the season...Lobos also had five in the season opener vs. Washington State...junior DE Adam Garday notched his first sack of the year and UNM Junior safety Charles Brown was also credited for his first sack on an intentional grounding penalty.
New Mexico scored on its opening possession for the first time this season, marching 65 yards on 7 plays, culminating in a 21-yard TD pass from Kole McKamey to DonTrell Moore... New Mexico won for the first time in 5 games this year when scoring less than 24 points.
Junior tailback DonTrell Moore scored his 39th career TD, tying Terance Mathis' school record...Moore had 70 yards, giving him 3,261 career yards in 33 games...he also tied a career high with 5 receptions.
Sophomore QB Kole McKamey had a TD pass for the second straight game after throwing for a score just once in his first 5 games of the year...McKamey finished 10-17 passing (58.8%), the Lobos' best completion percentage of the season and only the second time this year UNM has been above 50%...Lobos were 16-31 against Washington State...McKamey also notched his 4th rushing TD of the season, but first since Sept. 25 at New Mexico State.
With his tipped pass in the second quarter, senior CB Brandon Payne tied Eric Jack's 1994 school record with 14 pass deflection this year.
San Diego State's third quarter safety was the first against UNM since the Lobos had a punt blocked out the end zone vs. Colorado State in 2002...New Mexico later recorded a safety of its own later in the quarter when an SDSU punt was hiked out of the end zone...it was the Lobos' first two pointer since the 2003 regular season finale at Wyoming.
UNM punter Tyler Gaus has sent 20 punts inside the 20-yard line this year, including 11 inside the 10 yard line--only three of his attempts have rolled into the endzone.