LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn isn't sorry that
New Mexico is going to graduate DonTrell Moore, who ran for 181
yards and scored three touchdowns in a 27-24 win over the Cowboys
"Is he a senior finally? Good riddance. The guy's a really
great football player," Glenn said. "We had no answer for the
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lobos (4-3,
2-2 Mountain West Conference), who pulled away from Wyoming on a
pair of nearly identical, back-to-back touchdowns by Moore in the
third and fourth quarters.
New Mexico beat Wyoming for the sixth straight time and for the
fourth year in a row, Moore had a huge day against the Wyoming
defense. He had averaged 159.7 yards a game in three previous games
against the Cowboys and his three touchdowns gave him 10 against
Wyoming in four seasons, including five in his freshman year.
Moore ran in from 6 yards to cap a New Mexico drive that lasted
the first half of the third quarter, tying the game 17-17. And
after the Cowboys didn't get past their own 35 on their next
possession, a 50-yard Lobos drive ended with another 6-yard
touchdown run by Moore early in the fourth.
Heading into the game, Moore was already second in the nation
with 4,300 career rushing yards and had 43 career rushing
touchdowns. He has 806 rushing yards this season and is on his way
to becoming only the sixth player in NCAA Division I history to run
for over 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.
But he wasn't hogging the spotlight. "I give a lot of credit to
the offensive line," he said. "The Wyoming defense is ranked No.
1 in the Mountain West Conference, and our offensive line really
pushed their defense around, and that is what allowed me to get the
yards that I did today."
Meanwhile, although Wyoming (4-3, 2-2) has dished out grief to
backup quarterbacks for UNLV and Mississippi this season, it didn't
keep Chris Nelson from a solid performance. Starter Kole McKamey
had to leave with a mild concussion in the second quarter and
Nelson finished 8 of 14 for 91 yards.
"Once their starter went down, you know we were thinking, `All
right, here we go ...," said Cowboys linebacker Ward Dobbs.
"Their backup drove the ball really well on us. What else can we
say? We played hard and tried to shut them down."
"Chris did a real nice job of stepping in for Kole," said New
Mexico coach Rocky Long. "He made some real good throws on third
and short that got us first downs and kept those drives going."
After New Mexico took the lead, Wynell Seldon tied the game with
a 2-yard touchdown for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter.
But Kenny Byrd's 30-yard field goal gave the Lobos the win.
"When you control the ball for 14 of the first 16 minutes of
the second half, it is going to throw off the opposing team's
offense, and we did that today," Long said.
"Coach Glenn and his team are going to win a lot of ball games.
I'm just happy that we could come away with this win. It is big for
Wyoming's Corey Bramlet was intercepted twice in the fourth
quarter, stymieing the Cowboys' attempts to regain control. With
just over three minutes left, Deric Yaussi attempted a 42-yard
field goal that would have tied the game, but the ball sailed over
the left post and was deemed no good.
Bramlet was 19 of 35 for 214 yards. He connected with Jovon
Bouknight five times for 106 yards.
Moore gave New Mexico a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he
bobbled the ball but regained control for a 3-yard touchdown.
Wyoming tied it at 7-7 when Austin Hall recovered a fumble and
returned it 18 yards for a touchdown on the Lobos next possession.
The Cowboys widened their lead on a 16-yard touchdown catch by
John Wadkowski and a 23-yard field goal by Yaussi. Byrd's 24-yard
field goal with 2 seconds left brought the Lobos within 17-10 at
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