Recap: New Mexico vs. San Diego St
Albuquerque, NM (SportsNetwork.com) - Donnel Pumphrey ran for a career-high 246 yards and scored twice as the San Diego State Aztecs held on for a 24-14 victory over the New Mexico Lobos in Mountain West Conference action at University Stadium.
Pumphrey carried the ball 20 times for the Aztecs (3-3, 2-1 MWC) as head coach Rocky Long defeated his former team and alma mater. Also setting a personal high on the ground was Chase Price who added 141 yards and a score on 17 attempts, as SDSU finished with 397 yards on 46 rushing attempts.
The Lobos (2-3, 0-1) were led by quarterback Lamar Jordan who came in for an ineffective Cole Gautsche and converted 8-of-18 passing for 97 yards and a TD. Jordan also led the rushing attack with 52 yards as UNM bowed for the second time in three outings.
The Aztecs managed to move the ball inside the five-yard line early on, but on third-and-goal the team was pushed back and lost yardage, forcing kicker Donald Hageman to come in and convert a 25-yard field goal for the first points of the meeting.
It wasn't until there was 11:37 left in the first half that the initial touchdown of the night was registered, as Pumphrey took a pitch near midfield, wiggled his way beyond the line of scrimmage and then outran the defense for a 49-yard TD.
On their next possession the Lobos turned to Jordan to take over the offense from Gautsche who was just 3-of-6 for 14 yards. Jordan sparked the unit immediately with a lengthy run and then a 45-yard touchdown connection with Carlos Wiggins to cut the deficit to three points.
The Aztecs needed just three plays to cover 56 yards and get into the end zone once more, as Price broke several tackles and crossed the goal line on a 27-yard run to make the score 17-7 minutes into the second half.
New Mexico cut the deficit to just three points late in the third as Teriyon Gipson finished off a lengthy 13-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard TD run.
The Aztecs needed just 60 seconds to respond to the UNM TD as Pumphrey found a whole in the line and streaked 93 yards to the end zone, the longest TD run of his career. The run tied for the third-longest in program history as well.
San Diego State could have given itself some breathing room, but following the Pumphrey TD the team turned the ball over four times in a span of just six snaps.
Luckily for the Aztecs, New Mexico was unable to take advantage of the numerous miscues, allowing the visitors to eventually run out the clock and claim their second win in three tries.
UNM came into the night ranked fourth in the nation in rushing with 308.8 ypg, but finished with only 152 yards on 38 attempts. Defensively, the squad was 120th in the FBS with a hefty 257.2 ypg allowed on the ground.Game Notes