Recap: New Mexico vs. Fresno State
Albuquerque, NM (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Burrell tallied 381 total yards and four touchdowns, as the Fresno State Bulldogs downed the New Mexico Lobos, 35-24, in Mountain West Conference action at University Stadium.
Burrell completed 27-of-39 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns and a pick while adding 63 rushing yards and another score for Fresno State (2-3, 1-0 MWC), which has won two straight since an 0-3 start. Marteze Waller rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries, and Josh Harper (six receptions, 94 yards, TD) was Burrell's top target.
For New Mexico (1-3, 0-1), Crusoe Gongbay had a career-high 163 yards on 28 carries, while Jhurell Pressley (14 carries, 70 yards, TD) also impressed on the ground. Lamar Jordan completed 4-of-7 passes for 97 yards, ran for 35 yards and accounted for two touchdowns.
The only score of the first quarter came on a 19-yard field goal by Zach Rodgers after an eight-play, 85-yard drive by New Mexico stalled.
Fresno State went ahead 7-3 early in the second quarter on a 23-yard scoring hookup between Burrell and Harper.
The Lobos regained control later in the frame with a pair of rushing scores. First Pressley ripped off an 18-yard touchdown run, then four minutes later Jordan added a 26-yard score to put the home team up, 17-7.
The Bulldogs cut into their deficit just prior to the half, as Burrell tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Josh Quezada on 3rd-and-2 with just 16 seconds left before intermission.
Fresno State went ahead on the first drive of the second half, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Burrell to Greg Watson capping off a 12-play, 92-yard drive.
New Mexico went back ahead, 24-21, less than five minutes later on a 36-yard scoring strike from Jordan to David Anaya.
The seesaw continued at the tail end of the third quarter. After another lengthy drive (11 plays, 81 yards), the Bulldogs scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Quezada.
The Bulldogs took an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to Burrell's fourth touchdown of the night, this one courtesy of a three-yard rush, and they would hold on for the 35-24 final.
Fresno State outgained New Mexico, 593-382, despite losing the turnover battle, 2-0.Game Notes