LAS VEGAS (AP) -- DonTrell Moore ran for 141 yards and a
touchdown on 26 carries to lead New Mexico to a 24-20 win over UNLV
UNLV was slowed by six turnovers, tying the most by a Lobos foe
in Rocky Long's seven years of coaching at UNM.
Marcus Smith rushed for 83 yards for New Mexico (3-4, 1-2
Mountain West), including a 65-yard scoring run down the right
sideline with 6:59 left in the third quarter, tying the game at 17.
"I hadn't gotten to run it," Smith said of fly-series
handoffs. "But today I got it four times. I hope I get it more and
New Mexico took the lead for good when Kole McKamey tossed a
34-yard scoring pass to Anthony Carter later in the period. McKamey
completed 14 of 26 passes for 92 yards.
"We were throwing short all day to try to take advantage of how
far off (the cornerbacks) play on the ball," McKamey said.
Earvin Johnson caught two touchdown passes and finished with 144
yards receiving for UNLV (2-5, 1-2). Dominique Dorsey ran for 110
yards on 18 carries.
The Lobos stopped UNLV late when Mike Mohoric sacked quarterback
Kurt Nantkes, who fumbled. New Mexico's Fola Fashola recovered the
ball at the 44-yard line with 1:07 left.
"That game was exactly like I thought it was going to be,"
Long said. "I thought it was going to be momentum shifting back
and forth and whoever got the momentum shift at the end of the game
was going to win.
"We caused the fumble at the end of the game, so we won," Long
Nantkes finished 8-of-18 for 82 yards and an interception, and
Shane Steichen completed 9 of14 for 124 yards and an interception
for the Rebels.
The Lobos outrushed the Rebels 284 yards to 156.
Steichen threw scoring passes of 19 and 47 yards to Johnson in
the first half as UNLV build a 17-10 halftime lead.
The Lobos jumped to a 7-0 lead on Moore's 8-yard run up the
right side with 7:41 left in the first quarter.