SAN DIEGO (AP) -- DonTrell Moore ran for two touchdowns and Billy
Strother returned a blocked punt for a score to lead New Mexico to
a 30-7 win over San Diego State on Saturday night.
The Lobos (4-3, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) used three San
Diego State miscues to account for 17 points, including Strother's
14-yard return of a punt blocked by Hank Baskett to give New Mexico
a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
San Diego State (3-5, 0-3 MWC) gained only 39 yards rushing and
could not overcome four interceptions thrown by Adam Hall,
including two at the New Mexico goal line.
New Mexico defensive back Gabriel Fulbright led the tenacious
New Mexico defense with three interceptions.
"The first one was a great play, the next two were bad
throws," Long said. "The first one was critical, I thought it
changed the momentum."
In all the Lobos forced six turnovers -- five interceptions and a
"I thought we played very good defense in the red zone," said
New Mexico coach Rocky Long. "In the first half we struggled in
coverage, but we made plays when they got close to our goal line."
Moore, who gained 89 yards on 15 carries, scored on runs of 2
and 3 yards. The latter touchdown put New Mexico ahead 24-7 early
in the third quarter.
The Lobos also got three field goals -- 48, 32 and 21 yards --
from Wes Zunker.
BrandonRatcliff returned Hall's first interception 14 yards to
the San Diego State 19-yard line. That set-up Moore's 2-yard
touchdown run in the first quarter, putting New Mexico in front
Nick Speegle intercepted Hall in the third quarter and returned
it 23 yards to the Aztecs' 20, which led to Zucker's 32-yard field
Hall finished 25-of-48 for 291 yards.
San Diego State had 354 yards passing, but the New Mexico
defense held when it had to.
"We played eight or nine different coverages and it didn't seem
to matter," Long said. "They were throwing it and catching it and
making first downs."
Lynell Hamilton scored San Diego State's only touchdown on a
1-yard run in the second quarter that cut the Lobos' lead to 14-7.
Long said the Lobos also caught a San Diego State team that has
been hit hard by injuries.
"They're a little beat up and not playing at full strength,"
The win was the seventh for New Mexico under Long after a bye
week. Since Long took over the program in 1998, the Lobos have
never lost after having a week off.