Scores

Final

New Mexico 29

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Arizona 27

(1-2, 1-1 home)

10:07 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
UNM 7 7 12 329
ARIZ 10 3 0 1427

Top Performers

Passing: W. Tuitama (ARIZ) - 446 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Ferguson (UNM) - 26 CAR, 94 YDS

Receiving: M. Smith (UNM) - 11 REC, 164 YDS, 1 TD

New Mexico 29, Arizona 27

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Donovan Porterie threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night, and New Mexico beat a Pac-10 team for the second time in school history, 29-27 over mistake-prone Arizona.

Arizona's Willie Tuitama passed for 446 yards, second-most ever for the Wildcats, and three touchdowns, but the Wildcats (1-2) couldn't overcome critical fumbles and penalties.

The Lobos (2-1) took advantage of the miscues and tore apart Arizona's secondary all night. Marcus Smith caught 11 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Travis Brown added 10 catches for 121 yards and two scores for New Mexico. Porterie, a sophomore, was 29-for-41 with one interception.

The Wildcats twice fumbled the ball away on what would have been go-ahead touchdowns in the second half, the first at the New Mexico 2-yard line on the first possession of the second half. The Lobos' OJ Smith scooped up both fumbles.

Arizona also was plagued by penalties, including one against coach Mike Stoops and his staff for unsportsmanlike conduct during a timeout. New Mexico got what turned out to be two critical points when Tuitama was called for intentional grounding in the Arizona end zone for a safety late in the third quarter, and the Wildcats'

New Mexico is 2-9 against the Pac-10. The Lobos had lost nine in a row, the last six under coach Rocky Long, since beating Oregon State in 1979. The Lobos last defeated Arizona in 1976, when both schools were in the Western Athletic Conference.

Tuitama completed 30-of-53 and had fourth-quarter TD passes of 12 and 13 yards to Mike Thomas to cut the lead to 29-27. But Frankie Solomon intercepted Tuitama on Arizona's final possession with just under two minutes to play. Any hope the Wildcats had ended when New Mexico's Rodney Ferguson ran for a first down on third-and-9 with 1:13 to play.

New Mexico led 14-13 at the half, thanks to Porterie's 38-yard touchdown pass to Brown with three seconds left. It was a play that typified the night.

The Lobos went 80 yards in 1 minute, 5 seconds, with the help of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Wildcats' bench during a timeout. That moved the ball to the Arizona 27. After a false start penalty and a sack moved New Mexico back to the 38. On 2nd and 21, Brown ran straight downfield, past the Wildcats' secondary, and caught the pass in the end zone.

Arizona took the second half kickoff and drove to the New Mexico 5-yard line. But Tuitama fumbled trying to run for the score. Swift scooped up the ball at the 2 and rambled 39 yards to the 41. A roughing-the-passer penalty on Lionel Dotson led to John Sullivan's 31-yard field goal and New Mexico led 17-13 with 7:15 left in the third.

After Arizona cut it to 26-20, Sullivan's 44-yarder gave the Lobos a 29-20 lead with 6:41 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNM
ARIZ
1st Downs2425
Total Yards421484
Passing327446
Rushing9438
Penalties9-709-96
3rd Down Conversions8-195-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession33:3126:29

Passing Leaders

New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Porterie29/413278.031
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama30/534468.431

Rushing Leaders

New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson26943.6017
Baker5112.204
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings11413.7016
Smith6203.3010

Receiving Leaders

New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith1116414.9125
Brown1012112.1238
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas713719.6248
Turner710915.6139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNMARIZ
TD07:46Travis Brown 6 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick) 70
FG06:09Jason Bondzio 40 Yd 73
TD02:18Terrell Turner 39 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERUNMARIZ
FG09:47Jason Bondzio 42 Yd 713
TD00:03Travis Brown 38 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick) 1413
THIRD QUARTERUNMARIZ
FG07:15John Sullivan 31 Yd 1713
SF01:59Penalty On Willie Tuitama In End Zone 1913
TD00:13Marcus Smith 23 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick) 2613
FOURTH QUARTERUNMARIZ
TD13:06Mike Thomas 12 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 2620
FG06:41John Sullivan 44 Yd 2920
TD04:23Mike Thomas 13 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 2927