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NEW MEXICO:One of the premier running backs in the nation during his career who firmly established himself as the most productive rusher in New Mexico and Mountain West Conference history...captured virtually every rushing and scoring record in both school and league history...faced his most challenging season in 2005 after missing all of spring practice as he recovered from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee...made dramatic improvement, however, during his one-on-one summer rehab sessions with UNM assistant trainer David Smith...returned to non-contact action during training camp in early August and was in the starting line-up in the Lobos' season-opener against UNLV...coaches said his remarkable return to form was a testament to his incredible work ethic...suffered the injury on Dec. 30, 2004, during the first quarter of the Lobos' Emerald Bowl game vs. Navy...surgery was performed on Feb. 3 by Dr. James R. Andrews of Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center...was named 2005 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year by the league media and coaches and Honorable Mention All-America by SI.com after turning in perhaps his best season...first player in UNM and MWC history named first team all-conference four times...was a unanimous selection three times...accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine college football all-star game...UNM and MWC career rushing leader with 4,973 yards, which ranks 13th all-time...passed several greats on the all-time list in his final season, including: Bo Jackson (43rd), Earl Campbell (36th) and Eric Dickerson (35th), Marshall Faulk (29th), Thurman Thomas (28th), Marcus Allen (24th), Mike Rozier (21st), George Rogers (15th) and Anthony Thompson (14th)...51 rushing TDs and 59 total TDs are the most in school and conference history...also threw a pair of TD passes...was responsible for a TD in each of his last 15 regular season games...356 career points is tied with Tony Dorsett for 11th on the NCAA career list for non-kickers...surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in the 9th week of the '05 season to become just the sixth player in the history of NCAA Div. I-A football to reach the 1,000-yard mark four times in a career: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh 1973-76), Amos Lawrence (North Carolina 1977-80), Denvis Manns (New Mexico State 1995-98), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin 1996-99) and Cedric Benson (Texas 2001-04) were the first five...2003 All-American who was named the league Player of the Year in 2003 by both ESPN.com and CollegeFootballNews.com...2002 MWC Freshman of the Year and first Lobo rookie ever voted first team all-conference...2004 & 2005 team captain...has all the tools of an elite back: good speed, tremendous quickness, excellent footwork, great field vision, possesses excellent strength and attacks the holes well...rarely brought down by the first defender and excels at gaining yardage after first contact...also a tireless worker during the week...insisted on running all the way off the field after every practice, often forcing reporters and media relations staff to jog to catch up with him...2004 winner of the team's Beefmaster award for players weighing between 201-225 pounds...boasts a 555-pound max in the squat...four-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week...1,028 career rushing attempts are also the most in school and conference...26 career 100-yard rushing games are also a school record...averaged 103.6 yards in 48 career games...his 5,947 career all-purpose yards (123.9/game) rank 2nd all-time at UNM, tops in MWC history and 25th all-time in NCAA history...92 career receptions for 857 yards (9.3 avg)...avid movie buff who owns a large collection of DVDs...is very well-read and an eloquent speaker...was a basketball player, before his mother, Angela, guided him onto the football field as a youngster...was also a member of the golf team in high school...active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and earned his degree in Criminology in December of 2005.
2005 (SENIOR):Erased all doubts about his health and enjoyed a career-year as he secured his place as one of the greatest running backs in college football history...consensus MWC Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-MWC pick, and named Honorable Mention All-America by SI.com...a Doak Walker Award semifinalist who capped his career with an outstanding 10-game stretch since the season-opener...returned to his traditional place as the Mountain West Conference's leading rusher with 1,298 yards on 275 carries (4.7 avg.)...ranked 10th nationally, rushing for a career-high 118 yards/game...averaged 125.9 yards/game (259 att. - 1,259 yds.) in the final 10 games after getting his legs back under him in the season-opener...7 100-yard games on the year, including 4 times in his last 5 games...rushed for 14 TDs and had 9-straight games with a rushing TD...was also the Lobos' No. 3 receiver, recording career-highs of 31 catches for 371 yards (12.0 avg.) and 3 TDs...had a long grab of 41 on a deep pass down the middle...2nd in the MWC (15th nationally) in all-purpose yardage, averaging 151.7 yards/game (career-high 1,669 total)...average rushing/receiving yards led the league by 15 per game...had over 100 total yards in 10 games, including 9 straight to close the year...averaged 167 rushing/receiving yards (1,169 total) in his last 7 games...topped the league scoring list with 17 TDs and 104 points (9.5 avg. - 11th nationally)...season yardage, rushing TD and total TD numbers were No. 2 all-time at UNM, behind his own records set in 2003...all-purpose yardage ranked 4th on the single season list...vs. Air Force...Pounded out 143 yards on 28 carries...had 97 yards at the half, but found few holes to run through after UNM was forced to turn to its 3rd string QB midway through the 3rd quarter...capped a 13-play, 66-yard drive with an 11-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter...carried the ball on 6 straight plays for the final 33 yards of the drive after starting QB Chris Nelson was knocked out of the game...caught a 2-pt. Conversion pass in traffic after the final UNM TD...at Utah...Blue-collar effort, rushing for 70 yards on 25 carries...didn't have many holes to run through as a new starting QB helped the Utah defense key on the run...had 2 long runs called back on holding penalties...still finished with 102 all-purpose yards after catching 3 balls for 32 yards...scored from 2-yards out in the 2nd quarter...vs. Colorado State...Ran into the record books once again, finishing with 117 yards on 19 carries to become the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards or more 4 times in a career...flew past the 1,000-yard mark late in the 1st quarter on a tremendous 37-yard cut-back run...got into the end zone from a yard out on the next play...scored again on a 29-yard dash in the 2nd quarter, his longest TD run of the year...also caught a pair of shovel passes for a gain of 26 yards...picked up 19 on his first catch, a 3rd-and-18 play from the UNM 32 that led to a 2nd quarter FG...at San Diego State...Determined effort against what had been the only team in the MWC never to allow him over 100 yards in a game...had 95 by halftime en route to a 36-carry, 162-yard rushing day...rushing attempts matched his career-high for the second straight week...sat out much of the fourth quarter after UNM had built a big lead...scored from 4 yards out on a 4th-and-1 play to cap the Lobos' second drive of the game...also caught 6 passes, the second-most in his career, for 61 yards...had a career-high 42 touches for 223 all-purpose yards - the third-highest in his career...at Wyoming...Dominated the game from start-to-finish, powering the Lobos to an upset victory on the road en route to MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors...matched his career-high with 36 carries, finishing with a season-high 181 rushing yards (3rd-most in his career) and 3 rushing TDs (2nd-most in his career) against the MWC's top-ranked defense...also gained 37 on 2 catches for 218 all-purpose yards (3rd-highest in his career)...38 total touches were a career-high...2 TDs came on 4th-and-goal and the other on 3rd-and-5...had 5 straight carries to open the 2nd half and had 26 over the final 2 quarters...passed former NCAA and NFL greats Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson on the NCAA career rushing list...finished his career against the Cowboys with a total of 660 yards on 117 carries, averaging 165 yards per game...scored 10 TDs in his career against the Pokes (7 rushing, 3 receiving)...vs. BYU...Had his streak of 3-straight 100-yard games snapped, but picked up 82 hard-fought yards on 22 carries, including a 1 yard TD plunge...also caught a pair of screen passes for 24 yards...at TCU...Continued to shine with an excellent effort against a talented and aggressive defensive front...went over the century mark for the 6th time in his last 7 regular season road games, rushing for 129 yards on 21 carries (6.1 avg.)...ripped off a 49-yard run in the first quarter, the second-longest of his career...scored 3 touchdowns, including 2 rushing, to become the MWC's all-time leader in rushing TDs (42), total TDs (50) and points (300), passing former BYU RB Luke Staley in each category...it was his first 3-TD game since rushing for a three scores vs. Colorado State on Nov. 7, 2003...established career-highs with 9 catches for a game-high 99 yards, including a 41-yard TD reception deep across the middle to knot the game at 28 midway through the 3rd quarter...after his first two catches went for a combined loss of 9 yards, he picked up 108 yards on his next 7 receptions (15.4 avg.)...finished with 228 all-purpose yards on 30 touches (7.6 avg.), the second-highest total of his career (242 yards, all rushing, vs. Colorado State 11/7/03)...at UTEP...Turned in his best rushing performance since the 2004 season-opener, finishing with 161 yards on 28 carries, including a 4-yard TD run, against an excellent defensive front...became the 65th player in NCAA history to reach the 4,000-yard rushing mark with a 4-yard gain early in the 3rd quarter...had just 7 yards on 3 1st quarter carries, but averaged 6.2 yards per attempt (154 total) over the next 3 quarters...vs. New Mexico State...Became the Lobos' all-time leading rusher 5 minutes into the 2nd quarter...tied Mike Williams' (1975-78) record of 3,862 with a 5-yard run, then went for 8 yards on the next play to take over the career rushing record...finished the night with 120 yards on 24 carries and 1 rushing TD in just 3 quarters of play...it was his first 100-yard game of the year since suffering the ACL injury in December...also pulled in 2 passes for 23 yards, including a 24-yard TD on a 3rd-and-10 screen play...at Missouri...Quietly rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries against a defense that spent all week focused on stopping him...juked, jumped and slashed his way up the field as he more than doubled his yardage total of the previous game...threw the second TD pass of his career, a 25-yard floater that Hank Baskett turned into a 41-yard TD...vs. UNLV...Made a successful return in his first full-contact football action since Dec. 30, 2004...made his 31st start at tailback and finished with 103 all-purpose yards and a TD on 19 touches against UNLV...moved into third place on the UNM career all-purpose yardage list, passing Mike Williams...carried the ball 16 times for 39 yards, but showed some signs of a complete return to form...dragged Rebel defenders for 16 yards on back-to-back carries to end the 3rd quarter...made his biggest impact as a receiver, catching 3 balls for 64 yards and a 10-yard TD...picked up 54 yards and two 1st downs on a pair of 3rd-and-long shovel passes...displayed some of his well-known moves and vision, escaping a crowd of Rebels on both plays.
2004 (JUNIOR):Was the Mountain West Conference's premier running back once again, earning unanimous first team all-MWC honors, despite being hampered for 3 weeks by a sprained MCL in his left knee...suffered the injury on the first series of the second half at NMSU (Sept. 25) and had his streak of 30 consecutive games played snapped when did not take the field the next week vs. Utah...was still slowed significantly at Air Force, two weeks after the injury...later suffered a torn ACL in the same knee early in the Lobos' Emerald Bowl game vs. Navy...finished the year ranked 2nd in the MWC and 24th nationally, averaging 99.2 yards/game (1,091 total)...2nd player in UNM history to record 3 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons...all-time leading rusher Mike Williams was the first (1976-78)...4.7 average on his 232 carries...6 100-yard games on the season, including a career-best 4 in a row on the road...averaged 126.5 yards in his final 4 games away from home...closed the regular season with 3 straight 100-yard games, averaging 135 yards during that span...5 rushing TDs, including a career-long run of 61 yards in the season-opener...led the surging Lobos down the stretch once again, carrying the bulk of the offensive load despite being the focus of every opponent's defensive scheme...averaged a league-best 121 yards rushing and scored 4 TDs in 6 MWC games...also became much more of a receiving threat, both out of the backfield and lined up as a slot receiver...second on the team with career-highs of 27 catches for 198 yards (7.3 avg.), including a long of 24 yards and a 21-yard TD...caught a pass in every game he played...also had 35 yards on 9 punt returns (3.9 avg.) before his first knee injury...120.4 all-purpose yards/game...voted team MVP by his teammates for the third straight year...Emerald Bowl (vs. Navy)...Had gained 12 yards on 4 carries and caught 3 passes for 21 yards before suffering a devastating knee injury on the Lobos' second possession of the game...was blindsided by a diving Navy defensive back four yards into the backfield, taking a vicious shot to his left knee immediately after catching an option pitch...Navy recovered his fumble and took a 14-7 lead 5 plays later...final rushing tally was 8 yards on 5 carries...was carried off the field on the shoulders of linemen Claude Terrell and Robert Turner before being taken into the locker room...vs. Wyoming...Carried the ball 28 times for 150 yards, including a 20-yard TD run...had 78 yards through 3 quarters (4.6 avg.) before exploding for 72 yards on 11 4th quarter carries (6.5 avg.)..also had a 7-yard reception and tallied 2 knockdown blocks...at BYU...Pounded out 101 yards on 25 carries, including 44 in the fourth quarter alone, to help UNM control the second half...had 28 yards on 8 punishing carries during the Lobos' pivotal 2nd half drive...converted a pair of 3rd down plays, including an 11-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 from the BYU 15...scored from a yard out 3 plays later to give UNM a commanding 21-7 lead...at Colorado State...Continued his success against the Rams, rushing 29 times for 154 yards, his third straight game over 150 vs. CSU...he passed Winslow Oliver (1992-95) by recording his school-record 17th career 100-yard game and also passed Oliver for 2nd place on the school's all-time rushing list with 3,415 yards...found the end zone from 7 yards out to give UNM its first lead 5 minutes into the 2nd half...the TD was the 40th of his career, passing WR Terance Mathis (1985-89) for the most in UNM history...vs. San Diego State...Had 70 hard-fought yards on 22 carries against one of the nation's premier run defenses to help UNM control the ball for over 34 minutes...got stronger as the game went on, gaining 51 yards 15 attempts after halftime...had 29 yards on 6 big carries, picking up 2 first downs, as the Lobos ran out the final 5:53 of the game...matched a career-high with 5 receptions for 46 yards...caught 3 balls for 39 yards on the opening drive, including a 21-yard TD on a screen pass...also had a stellar 21-yard gain in traffic down the sideline to set up the Lobos' second TD...116 all-purpose yards on 27 touches...at UNLV...Appeared back to his old self, finishing with a game-high 141 yards and 1 TD on 26 carries...outgained the league's top rusher, Dominique Dorsey, by 31 yards...also caught 4 passes for 18 yards for a total of 159 all-purpose yards...at Air Force...Gutsy performance in his first game in two weeks, churning out 110 yards on 29 carries...sore knee prevented him from using any of his trademark moves, but hit the holes hard and accelerated quickly up the field...had 109 yards through 3 quarters before UNM tried to rally via the pass...carried the ball on the Lobos' first 6 plays of the game (21 yds.)...finished the game as the MWC leader in career rushing attempts and passed former Dallas Cowboy great Don Perkins for 5th on the UNM career all-purpose list...at New Mexico State...Left the game less than two minutes into the second half after injuring his left knee while attempting to return a punt on the Aggies' first drive of the half...two NMSU players hit him early on the play and were penalized for kick catch interference...one player dove into his left knee, which was loosely planted in the turf...before his injury, he had rushed for 92 yards on 17 attempts (5.4 avg.) and totaled 124 all-purpose yards in the first half...passed Fred Henry for third on the all-time rushing list and Chuck Hill (6th) on the career all-purpose yards list...game was played on his 22nd birthday...vs. Texas Tech...Finished with 76 yards on 20 carries, but came alive when UNM needed him most...rushed 4 times for 30 yards on the Lobos' 54-yard game-winning drive, including a 11-yard gain on a 3rd-and-2 play from the UNM 38...picked up 8 yards on his first carry of the final drive to become the MWC's all-time leading rusher...also caught four balls for 46 yards, including a long of 24...vs. Washington State...Thrilled home fans and an ESPN national TV audience with his 167-yard rushing performance against a tough Pac-10 defense in the season-opener...it was the most yards against the Cougars since Ohio State's Maurice Clarett had 230 yards in 2002...had just 15 yards on 3 carries in the first quarter before erupting for 152 yards on 21 attempts over the next 3 periods...ripped off a career-long 61-yard TD run, midway through the 3rd quarter which gave UNM a 14-7 lead...finished with 204 all-purpose yards (167 rushing, 23 receiving, 14 punt returns), the second-highest total of his career.
2003 (SOPHOMORE):Unanimous first team all-MWC selection by the league's coaches and media...led the league and finished 9th in the country with 1,450 yards rushing in 13 games...averaged 111.5 yards/game (15th nationally)...broke the UNM single season rushing record vs. Air Force, moving past Mike Williams (1,240 - 1976)...averaged a stellar 146.4 yards in 7 MWC games...had played just over 8 quarters in the first 3 games of the year...was injured early at Texas Tech and sat out the fourth quarter after UNM jumped out to a big lead vs. Texas State...ran through nagging ankle and foot injuries in the first half of the year, but was nearly unstoppable after getting time to heal over UNM's bye week (Oct. 11)...averaged 153.5 yards/game (921 total) with 10 rushing TDs in his final 6 regular season games after the break...led the MWC with 9 100-yard rushing games (UNM single-season record), including 5 in a row to close the regular season, and 7 multiple TD games during the fall...5.3 yards per carry and MWC-leading 19 rushing TDs on the season, the most in UNM history...21 total TDs were a school record and one behind Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald, Texas RB Cedric Benson and Oregon State RB Steven Jackson for the national lead...owned another UNM record with 126 points during the season...also 11 catches for 149 yards (13.5 avg.), with 2 TDs...44-yard catch-and-run and a 40-yard receiving TD...did a much better job of holding onto the football with just 5 fumbles (4 lost) on 276 carries on the year...dropped the ball just once in the first 7 games...named team MVP and Best New Mexico Player for the second straight year...also named Offensive MVP by his teammates...Wyoming...Ground out a quick 153 yards on 25 carries in just over 2 quarters of play...left 6 minutes into the second half after injuring his ankle...was unable to employ his trademark moves due to the blizzard-like conditions, but wrapped up the ball and barreled straight ahead behind the UNM O-line...got the Lobos on the board with an 8-yard TD catch in the first quarter...Air Force...Another sensational performance to help the Lobos claim bowl eligibility and sole posession of 2nd place in the MWC...rushed for 188 yards on a career-high 36 carries, with 2 TDs...displayed video game-type moves, juking and spinning his way out of trouble at will...set the tone with 41 yards in the first quarter, then put the Falcons away with 143 yards on 24 carries in the second half...picked up his second straight MWC Offensive Player of the Week award for his effort...Colorado State...Carried the team to a pivotal program victory and dazzled an exclusive national audience, rushing for a career-high 242 yards with 3 TDs on 34 carries (7.1 avg)...yardage total was the most by a MWC back during the year and third in league history...total was also the second-most in UNM history...was unstoppable through 3 quarters, amassing 214 yards on 24 attempts (8.9 avg)...put all of his skills on display, running with tremendous agility, speed and power...earned his second MWC Offensive Player of the Week award following what head coach Rocky Long called the best game of his career...UNLV...Had one of the Lobos' many roller coaster performances...picked up 130 yards on just 17 carries (7.6 avg.), including 71 yards in the 4th quarter...made some eye-popping moves on several of his runs, but lost two costly fumbles...was hit and fumbled after a 12-yard gain as the Lobos were driving to take the lead in the 2nd quarter...ball was returned 61 yards for a UNLV TD...also lost the handle on UNM's first play of the second half...kept the Lobos in the game though, scoring a 1 yard TD to cut the Rebel lead to 37-35 with 3 minutes left in the game...ran, caught and even passed for a TD en route to 203 yards of total offense...threw a 21-yard TD pass to Adrian Boyd and scored on a 40-yard catch-and-run...2 catches for a career-high 52 yards receiving...Utah...Turned in his first 100-yard game on the road, rushing for 119 yards on 18 carries (6.6 avg.) against the nation's 25th-ranked run defense...had just 27 yards on 6 carries (4.5 avg.) in the first half, then erupted for 92 yards on 12 carries (7.7 avg.) in the second half...notched the longest TD run of his career when he zig-zagged 35 yards to close the 3rd quarter...also made a tremendous one-handed grab on a screen pass and scampered a career-long 44 yards on a 3rd-and-7 play...had some trouble on two handoffs, losing one fumble to set up the Utes' first score...San Diego State...Scored a pair of TDs and picked up 89 yards on just 15 carries (5.9 avg.) in 3 quarters...gained 76 yards in the second half, including a tremendous career-long 45-yard run on the second play of the half...pulled UNM out of a 2nd-and-24 hole from its own 13-yard line...appeared to be stopped after a minimal gain, but never stopped his feet and eventually broke out of the pile down the right sideline...picked up 9 more yards on the drive, including a 3-yard TD to help put the game away...Utah State...A gritty, blue collar performance for the second straight week, grinding out 132 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries...another tremendous start, picking up 92 yards on 23 first half carries to set the tone of the game...got some well-deserved rest, sitting out the final 11 minutes of the game...New Mexico State...Determined effort to carry the UNM offense to a victory...ground out 113 yards on 30 carries, with 2 TDs...also had a pair of catches for 4 yards...accounted for 117 of the Lobos' 228 yards (51%) on the night...BYU...Gutty performance, playing on two bad ankles...rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries (5.0 avg) and scored the Lobos' only TD...18 carries for 92 yards in the 2nd and 3rd quarters...Texas Tech...Picked up 38 yards on 9 carries (4.2 avg) before leaving for the game after injuring his right ankle and hip midway through the second quarter...had a 36-yard gain nullified by a penalty two plays before his injury...Texas State...Breezed to 109 yards on 20 carries (5.4 avg)...career-high 4 rushing TDs in just 33 snaps.
2002 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN):1,134 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns...third player in program history to be named conference Freshman of the Year by league coaches, joining RB Winslow Oliver (WAC - 1992) and S Brandon Ratcliff (MWC co-player - 2000)...also honored by his teammates at the UNM football banquet, earning Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Zia (most valuable in-state player) awards, the results of a players-only ballot...was sensational after moving into the starting lineup in place of Quincy Wright, but really came into his own in the final 6 regular season games...averaged 141.7 yards (5.4 ypc) and 26.3 carries, and scored 10 rushing TDs in that span...tallied 357 yards (178.5/game) vs. CSU and Wyoming, the most ever by a Lobo freshman in back-to-back games...also had 329 yards (164.5/game) in consecutive games vs. Utah State and Utah...surpassed UNM great Winslow Oliver (1,063 - 1992) to become the Lobos' freshman rushing record holder with 1,117 yards...is the 9th rusher in UNM history, and first since Lennox Gordon in 1996, to surpass 1,000 yards in a season...finished 107 yards shy of Mike Williams' (1977) UNM single-season rushing record...led the team and was fourth in the MWC in rushing with 87.2 yards per game on 245 carries (4.6 avg)...officially appeared in 13 games, but had no yards on just 7 total carries backing-up Wright in his first two games vs. Weber State and Air Force...averaged 111.7 yards per game in the final 10 contests of the regular season after assuming the starting job...scored a Lobo freshman record 13 rushing TDs, which tied for second on the UNM all-time list with Rocky Long (1971) and Sam Scarber (1970), and just 1 shy of Stoney Case's 1993 record...15 total touchdowns on the year was also second on the all-time list and 1 behind Terance Mathis' record of 16 (1989)...23 catches for 139 yards, including 21 for 123 yards in the final 7 games...Wyoming...record-setting effort to help the Lobos' clinch their second bowl bid in 41 years...176 yards rushing on 28 carries, including a season-long jaunt of 35 yards, to eclipse both the 1,000-yard mark and UNM freshman rushing record...scored New Mexico's first 4 TDs en route to a school record-tying 5-touchdown day (3 rushing, 2 receiving)...98 yards on just 12 carries (8.2 ypc) in the second half...also caught 2 balls for 21 yards...Colorado State...roller coaster performance vs. the 15th-ranked Rams...was nearly unstoppable on the ground, churning out 181 yards on 30 carries, both season-highs and the most allowed by CSU on the season...however, was his own worst enemy with a pair of critical fumbles which resulted in both CSU touchdowns...outdueled MWC leading rusher, senior Cecil Sapp (14 carries, 32 yards), and bettered his own conference freshman rushing record...30 carries were the most by a Lobo back since 1996...5 carries for 36 yards on the second UNM scoring drive of the game, including a 12-yard TD on a 4th-and-1 play...gained 54 all-purpose yards on the Lobos' final drive, but was tackled for no gain on a 4th-and-11 swing pass from the Rams' 34-yard line...also caught a career-high 5 balls for 13 yards...BYU...was held in check with just 29 yards on 17 carries in the first half, but came alive when it mattered most with 64 yards in the second half, including 46 in the fourth quarter...helped make perhaps the play of the game midway through the fourth quarter...took Casey Kelly's option pitch down the left sideline for 32 yards, down to the Cougar 2-yard line...eventually scored his second rushing TD of the day to give the Lobos' their final 20-14 lead...also caught 3 balls for 24 yards...San Diego State...banged out 71 tough yards on 22 carries...capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard TD plunge, which gave UNM a 13-8 lead early in the 4th quarter...also paced the team with 3 catches for 24 yards...coughed up a pair of fumbles...Utah...tore up the nation's 16th-best run defense with 163 yards on a season-high 27 carries...no opposing RB had surpassed 100 yards in the Utes' previous 7 games...scored on a season-long 33-yard run and nearly found the endzone on a 32-yard dash before a controversial ruling determined he fumbled at the goal line...took the team on his back on the Lobos' game-tying drive in the last minutes of regulation...picked up 22 of the team's 49 yards on the drive, including 2 first downs...also helped the cause by drawing a 15-yard personal foul penalty on a late hit out of bounds...Utah State...amassed 166 yards on 25 carries and scored a pair of TDs...6 carries for 69 yards and 1 catch for 8 yards on the Lobos critical 95-yard TD drive to knot the game at 31 with 1:18 left in regulation...finished with 3 catches for 27 yards, including a season-long gain of 18...long run of 23 yards in 51 plays...UNLV...pounded out 62 tough yards on 16 carries...made an outstanding one-handed snag of a screen pass and scampered 10 yards for a first down on a pivotal 3rd-and-8 play midway through the second quarter...ripped off a 22-yard run 2 plays later to set up his 3-yard TD plunge on the Lobos' first scoring drive...New Mexico State...picked up 79 yards on 20 carries in his first career start...scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter...a 25-yard jaunt led to the Lobos' first score of the night...Baylor...filled in nicely for the injured Quincy Wright, rushing 22 times for 93 yards...had a 2-yard TD run, his first career score...47 plays...Weber State...5 carries for -1 yard in his first game action as a Lobo...saw 7 plays in the backfield.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2001 graduate of Roswell HS...highly-decorated running back from the state Class 4A state champion Coyotes...one of 57 athletes from 33 states selected to Parade Magazine's 2000 All-America team...three-time all-state selection who gained over 6,000 yards in his prep career...led the state in rushing his final two years with 2,243 yards his junior season and more than 2,600 yards and 33 TDs as a senior...also all-state cornerback as a senior for head coach Jack Cisco...four times he rushed for more than 300 yards in a game...led the Coyotes to a dramatic 35-31 win over Piedra Vista in the 2000 state championship game...Roswell trailed 31-7 in the second half...it was Moore's interception that set up the winning score late in the fourth quarter...all-district in basketball and he was a member of the Roswell golf and track teams as well...an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA and he ranked 9th in a class of 267.
PERSONAL:Born Sept. 25, 1982, in Roswell...age is 22...full name is DonTrell Jamar Moore...son of Angela...mom is an English teacher at Roswell High...cousin is DonTa Bright, who signed with the Lobos in 2000 but fell short academically...major is Criminology.
CAREER HIGHS:Rushing Yards: 242 vs. Colorado State (11/7/03)
Rushing Attempts: 36 vs. Air Force (11/15/03)
Rushing TDs: 4 vs. Texas State (8/30/03)
Long Rush: 61 (TD) vs. Washington State (9/3/04)
Receptions: 9 at TCU (10/2/05)
Receiving Yards: 99 at TCU (10/2/05)
Receiving TDs: 2 vs. Wyoming (11/30/02)
Long Reception: 44 at Utah (10/25/03)
All-Purpose Yards: 242 vs. Colorado State (11/7/03)
Total Touches: 36 vs. Air Force (11/15/03)
Total TDs: 5 vs. Wyoming (11/30/02)