8:00 PM ET, October 28, 2005
University Stadium (NM), Albuquerque, NM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Colorado State flanker Luke Roberts was wide open on the play, but quarterback Justin Holland opted to go to the best pass catcher in school history.
Good choice. Great catch.
Senior David Anderson pulled in Holland's 15-yard pass at the back of the end zone with 7:47 left in the game Friday night as CSU rallied for a 35-25 win over New Mexico.
"It's fitting that he makes this great catch in the back of the end zone that puts us up for good," said Holland. "That's a Dave Anderson play. He's the only one that's going to make it."
Holland pulled in the pass over defensive back Jerrell Malone.
"We had Luke Roberts wide open on the play, but what are you going to do. I've got Dave Anderson with me," Holland said in the jubilant CSU locker room.
The Rams, who trailed 25-12 at halftime, shut down the Lobos' offense in the second half and converted three New Mexico turnovers into 17 points. Jason Smith booted three of his four field goals in the second-half comeback.
Anderson's touchdown, his second of the night, made him the all-time leading receiver in CSU history with 193 catches. He finished with eight catches for 128 yards to move into the No. 1 spot in career yardage with 3,234.
CSU (5-3, 4-1 Mountain West) stayed in the conference title race behind TCU and ruined New Mexico halfback DonTrell Moore's big night. Moore ran for two touchdowns and 117 yards on 19 carries to become the sixth player in NCAA Division I history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
But it was Moore's fumble at the CSU 41 that set up the Rams' winning score. Darryl Williams recovered the fumble and four plays later Holland hit Anderson in the back of the end zone.
"It was a great thing that it happened, but I would take all the yards away for a win in a heartbeat," Moore said. "We had our chances, we just didn't close the deal."
New Mexico (5-4, 3-3 Mountain West) dominated the first half but fell apart in the second half. Quarterback Kole McKamey threw two interceptions. The first was picked off by Travis Garcia and set up a 28-yard field goal by Smith. Robert Herbert made the second interception and that led to a 23-yard TD run by Kyle Bell with 12:43 left that tied the game at 25.
Moore scored on runs of 1 and 29 yards and ran his season rushing total to 1,085. He broke the 1,000-yard mark with a 37-yard run to the CSU 1 with 5:15 left in the first quarter and scored on the next play.
Moore went into the game with 968 yards and joined Tony Dorsett, Amos Lawrence, Ron Dayne, Denvis Manns and Cedric Benson on the short list of runners with four seasons of 1,000 yards or more. His career total stands at 4,760.
Smith's other field goals were from 30, 41 and 25 yards.
Holland also threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Anderson in the first half and the Rams got a second quarter safety when McKamey was called for intentional grounding while trying to avoid being tackled in the end zone.
Holland completed his first 12 passes and was 20-of-26 for 312 yards. Johnny Walker, the other half of the Rams' dynamic receiving duo, caught five passes for 119 yards.
Holland was sacked four times in the third quarter but took the hits and kept finding Walker and Anderson.
"He's a great quarterback," said CSU coach Sonny Lubick, who got his 100th win at CSU. "That play that he hooked up with David for the last touchdown was a thing of beauty. It was a great throw and a little bit of luck."
New Mexico came up with a huge defensive stop at midfield to set up a pair of touchdowns that took just two plays and 17 seconds in the second quarter for a 22-5 lead.
Lobo freshman linebacker Zach Arnett stopped Bell just short on fourth-and-1 and New Mexico took over at the Rams' 49. On the first play McKamey threw to Hank Baskett just inside the end zone. CSU defensive back Robert Herbert tried to bat the ball away but missed and Baskett caught it.
On CSU's next possession, Holland went into the shotgun and the ball was snapped over his head on third down. The Rams had to punt and Gabriel Fulbright returned it to the CSU 29. Moore scored on the next play.
CSU's defense held New Mexico to minus-7 yards in the third quarter and 47 total yards in the second half.
"That's as bad as you can play on offense in the second half," said New Mexico coach Rocky Long. "I thought the defense did a nice job in the third quarter [but] they collapsed in the fourth quarter."