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
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
"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.