ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Kole McKamey kept looking over his
shoulder, seemingly aware that he was being chased by a guy named
McKamey didn't need to worry. He beat Wyoming defensive back Ron
Rockett to the end zone on an 80-yard scoring run in the third
quarter Saturday that put New Mexico on its way to a 16-9 win over
The win ensured the Lobos of a third straight bowl bid, a first
in school history.
New Mexico (7-4, 5-2), won its fifth straight to finish second
in the Mountain West behind BCS bowl hopeful Utah. Wyoming (6-5,
3-4) will also get a bowl bid -- the Cowboys' first in 11 years -- if
Utah beats Brigham Young on Saturday night.
McKamey, who grew up in the pass-happy town of Artesia, N.M.,
used his feet to come up with his biggest play of the season, one
that erased a 6-2 Wyoming lead.
"It felt like it took me so long to get there. I've been
waiting for my chance all year to break one," said McKamey, who
faked a handoff, found a seam in the defense and outran Rockett
down the right sideline.
"I felt myself slowing down. I kept weaving in and out, hoping
they wouldn't catch me," McKamey said. "When I turned around the
final time, I saw that he was five yards behind me, but I was
running out of my endurance."
The one play more than made up for an otherwise vanilla day for
McKamey, who completed just 5 of 15 passes, none in the second
half, for 40 yards. McKamey found enough holes in Wyoming's defense
in the third quarter to finish with 152 yards on 15 carries. That's
the best rushing game by a New Mexico quarterback since Don Woods'
188 yards against New Mexico State in 1973.
McKamey had 111 yards in the third quarter, when New Mexico went
to the option and Wyoming couldn't stop it.
"It was more us than anything," said Wyoming safety John
Wendling. "We missed assignments and New Mexico did a good job of
adjusting to what we were doing on defense."
"At halftime it was hard to get a feel for what we could do, so
we made a corporate decision to go out and run some option," said
New Mexico offensive coordinator Dan Dodd. "It opened the game for
After McKamey scored, Wyoming came right back and tied it at 9-9
on Deric Yaussi's third field goal, a career-best 51-yarder with
1:46 left in the third. Yaussi, who also had field goals of 31 and
25 yards in the first half, missed from 52 and 48 yards earlier in
the third quarter.
New Mexico halfback DonTrell Moore broke the tie with a 20-yard
touchdown run on the second play of the fourth quarter. It was set
up by a 24-yard run by McKamey.
Wyoming's final drive, which started at the Cowboys' 1-yard line
after Tyler Gaus' punt bounced out of bounds there, ended at the
New Mexico 39 with just over four minutes left. Wyoming elected to
punt and the Lobos ran out the clock.
Moore had 150 yards on 28 carries to go over 1,000 yards -- he's
now at 1,082 -- for the third straight season.
Wyoming halfback Ivan Harrison darted his way for 93 yards on 26
carries, while Corey Bramlet was 19-of-31 for 213 yards. Bramlet
took plenty of hits and was sacked eight times, but he repeatedly
completed passes while on the run or as he was being hit.
But the Lobos managed to stay one defensive stop ahead.
"We never could get a rhythm going," Wyoming coach Joe Glenn
said. "Defensively, they finally got us. We hung in there real
good, but we couldn't get their options stopped and couldn't get
the tailback (Moore) stopped."
Wyoming took a 6-2 halftime lead on Yaussi's field goals late in
the first half.
The first was set up by a 12-play drive that reached the New
Mexico 14 before stalling. New Mexico's offense set up Yaussi'
second field goal a minute and 16 seconds later. Moore fumbled a
bad pitch from McKamey and Wyoming defensive back John Wendling
recovered at the New Mexico 8. Again New Mexico's defense held as
Bramlet threw three straight incomplete passes.
New Mexico's defense accounted for the Lobos only points in the
first half. Linebacker Nick Speegle and safety Charles Brown sacked
Bramlet in the end zone for a safety with 1:43 left in the first
Speegle played most of the game despite separating his left
shoulder in the first quarter.