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Lobos Roll Over Utah State, 34-7
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/04/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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AP Sports Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - DonTrell Moore ran for two touchdowns and Casey Kelly passed for 230 yards Saturday as New Mexico beat Utah State 34-7.

Moore, who rushed for 132 yards on 30 carries, scored in the first half on runs of 6 and 2 yards and Kelly shook off a slow start to consistently find open receivers.

After completing just 2 of 7 passes in the first quarter, Kelly finished 13-of-22, including a 39-yard TD pass to Dwight Counter with 8:53 left in the second quarter.

That score and Moore's second touchdown sparked a 17-point quarter by New Mexico (3-3) that broke open a 10-7 game.

Utah State (1-4) got its only score on a 79-yard pass from Travis Cox to Barry Tolli with 12:10 left in the second quarter, 17 seconds after Moore scored.

The Aggies, who came into the game averaging 322 yards in total offense, never got their offense untracked against the Lobos' blitzing defense. Cox completed 13 of 27 passes for 162 of the Aggies' 221 total yards.

New Mexico also got field goals of 24 and 41 yards from Wes Zunker and a 6-yard touchdown run from D.D. Cox.

The Lobos forced two Utah State turnovers in the first quarter, a fumble by Travis Cox and a fumbled punt by Tony Pennyman. New Mexico didn't get any points off Cox's fumble, but Pennyman's fumbled punt was recovered by Lobo defensive back Jerrell Malone at the Utah State 19. Moore then carried the ball four straight times, scoring with 3:14 left in the quarter.

Counter had 106 yards receiving on just four catches, his longest being a 46-yarder to the Utah State 3 that set up Zunker's second field goal early in the third quarter.

Kelly, the target of criticism from Lobo fans in recent weeks, had his best game since throwing for 349 yards against Texas Tech a month ago.