4:00 PM ET, November 12, 2005
Aggie Memorial Stadium, LAS CRUCES, NM
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- It felt like a quiet performance to B.J. Mitchell. It added up to a lopsided win for the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Mitchell rushed for 193 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns and Nevada struck for three TDs at the end of the first half during a 48-24 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
"Usually when you get that many yards, there are a few big runs in there," Mitchell said. "I just stayed consistent ... six, seven, eight, five yards a run. I bet I didn't have a run over 20 yards."
Nevada (6-3, 5-1 Western Athletic Conference) had 560 total yards, keeping the turnover-prone Aggies (0-10, 0-6) winless under first-year coach Hal Mumme.
"B.J. ran hard, but it was a quiet 193 yards," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "He's the workhorse. The combination of him running tough and our offensive line blocking like they did, it was a great job."
Mitchell scored on a 4-yard run with 1:57 before halftime, putting the Wolf Pack ahead 17-7. Aggies running back Justine Buries fumbled on the ensuing possession, and Nevada's Jeff Rowe threw a 64-yard TD pass to Caleb Spencer on the next play.
"We wanted to strike right away," Ault said. "We called a deep route and it could have gone to any of three receivers. That was a big play for us."
New Mexico State fumbled again, this time by quarterback Royal Gill. Defensive end Craig Bailey scooped up the ball and ran 40 yards into the end zone, making it 31-7 with 36 seconds left before halftime.
"We had three fumbles in the pocket and one of them was run back for a touchdown," Mumme said. "We gave them 21 points off turnovers. Take those 21 points off the score and you've got a pretty good ball game. We're our own worst enemy."
Mitchell added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter and Brett Jaekle kicked a 29-yard field goal in the third.
Rowe completed 22 of 34 passes for 271 yards and three TDs. Spencer caught five of those passes for 114 yards.
Gill was 33-of-47 passes for 357 yards passing. Freshman A.J. Harris caught three passes for 100 yards, all for touchdowns of 10, 41 and 43 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-15||5-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-2|
|FG||8:02||BRETT JAEKLE 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||3:26||ANTHONY PUDEWELL 10 YD PASS FROM JEFF ROWE (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||13:08||A.J. HARRIS 16 YD PASS FROM ROYAL GILL (CONOR FOLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 16 yards.
|TD||1:57||B.J. MITCHELL 4 YD RUN (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||1:22||CALEB SPENCER 64 YD PASS FROM JEFF ROWE (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||0:36||CRAIG BAILEY 40 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)||31||7|
|FG||0:28||BRETT JAEKLE 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yards.
|FG||0:02||CONOR FOLEY 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||13:58||A.J. HARRIS 41 YD PASS FROM ROYAL GILL (CONOR FOLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||7:53||B.J. MITCHELL 5 YD RUN (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||5:04||A.J. HARRIS 43 YD PASS FROM ROYAL GILL (CONOR FOLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||2:20||ROBERT HUBBARD 8 YD PASS FROM JEFF ROWE (BRETT JAEKLE KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 50 yards.