Scores

Final

Utah State 24

(7-5, 5-2 MW)

New Mexico St 21

(4-9, 2-5 Sun Belt)

3:30 PM ET, December 3, 2011

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
USU 0 14 0 1024
NMSU 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: A. Kennedy (ARST) - 123 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Smith (USU) - 18 CAR, 121 YDS

Receiving: M. Austin (USU) - 5 REC, 32 YDS, 2 TD

Utah St. 24, New Mexico St. 21

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Adam Kennedy threw three touchdown passes, the last to Matt Austin with 35 seconds left, as Utah State defeated New Mexico State 24-21 on Saturday.

The 8-yard pass capped a 13-play, 83-yard drive. Kennedy and Austin collaborated on another scoring pass, with 1:39 left in the first half, to give Utah State (7-6, 6-2 in WAC) a 14-7 lead.

Kennedy completed 12 of 16 passes for 123 yards. He also rushed for 96 yards, part of a 395-yard effort on the ground. Michael Smith ran for 121 yards and Robert Turbin had 98. Utah State had 515 yards total offense.

New Mexico State (4-9, 2-4) took a 21-17 lead with 8:29 left in the game on a 3-yard run by Kenny Turner.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
NMSU
1st Downs2817
Total Yards515397
Passing123252
Rushing392145
Penalties4-403-20
3rd Down Conversions8-174-14
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers23
Possession38:0022:00

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kennedy12/161237.731
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Christian17/402526.312

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith181216.7014
Turbin25983.909
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner13655.0131
Christian9485.3117

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morrison46015.0048
Austin5326.4211
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers67312.2019
Lee45413.5031

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUSUNMSU
TD08:52Robert Turbin 21 Yd Pass From Adam Kennedy (Josh Thompson Kick) 70
TD06:43Matt Christian 16 Yd Run (Tyler Stampler Kick) 77
TD01:39Matt Austin 6 Yd Pass From Adam Kennedy (Josh Thompson Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERUSUNMSU
TD13:22Kemonte Bateman 51 Yd Pass From Matt Christian (Tyler Stampler Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERUSUNMSU
FG09:46Josh Thompson 23 Yd 1714
TD08:29Kenny Turner 3 Yd Run (Tyler Stampler Kick) 1721
TD00:35Matt Austin 8 Yd Pass From Adam Kennedy (Josh Thompson Kick) 2421