3:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005
3:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005
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 on Saturday.
"Is he a senior finally? Good riddance. The guy's a really great football player," Glenn said. "We had no answer for the guy."
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 our program."
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 halftime.