New Mexico St. 21, Louisiana-Monroe 14

Updated: October 26, 2003, 1:21 AM ET

MONROE, La. -- Eric Higgins ran for 218 yards, while Buck Pierce added 85 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, to lead New Mexico State to a 21-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.

Pierce's touchdowns came on runs of 68 and 15 yards, the last coming with 10:10 remaining in the game to give the Aggies (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) their winning margin.

Steven Jyles was 13-of-26 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown for Louisiana-Monroe (1-7, 1-3). But the Indians were held to only 35 rushing yards.

Dario Agiuniga field goals of 42 and 23 yards and a safety helped New Mexico State build a 15-0 lead at halftime.

Charles Estes gave Louisiana-Monroe its first points on an 82-yard kickoff return to start the second half. The Indians pulled within 15-14 when Jyles found Justin Ebersole for a 2-yard scoring pass with 6:27 left in the third quarter.

The game was delayed about an hour by lightning. The storm dumped more than an inch of rain on the field.

The Aggies snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.

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