Scores

Final

New Mexico St 34

(1-1, 0-1 away)

New Mexico 44

(1-1, 1-0 home)

9:30 PM ET, September 8, 2007

University Stadium (NM), Albuquerque, NM

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 14 0 10 1034
UNM 14 3 10 1744

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 473 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Ferguson (UNM) - 26 CAR, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 10 REC, 120 YDS, 3 TD

New Mexico 44, New Mexico St. 34

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Rodney Ferguson had 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns and Donovan Porterie threw for two more scores, lifting New Mexico to a 44-34 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

Porterie completed 18 of 25 attempts -- including 14 of his last 15 -- for 342 yards passing, and John Sullivan kicked three field goals as the Lobos (1-1) beat their instate rival for the fifth straight year.

Chase Holbrook was 47-of-63 for 473 yards passing and four TDs for New Mexico State (1-1). But one week he survived three interceptions in an opening win over Southeastern Louisiana, Holbrook threw two in the fourth quarter.

Defensive end Tyler Donaldson sealed New Mexico's victory when he intercepted Holbrook with 3:33 to go. Three plays later, Porterie threw to wide open Chris Mark in the left flat for a 26-yard TD pass to make it 44-27.

Holbrook found Chris Williams for a 4-yard TD pass with 1:16 remaining to trim the margin to 44-34, and Derek Dubois recovered the ensuing onside kick at New Mexico's 44. The Aggies reached the 4-yard line as time expired.

It was close all night, even after Ferguson's 1-yard dive put the Lobos ahead 34-27 with 10:02 to play.

Holbrook was moving the Aggies again when he tried for tight end Nick Cleaver. But safety Clint McPeek arrived at the same time as the pass, and the ball popped into the arms of New Mexico's Frankie Solomon.

It was the first turnover by either side.

Porterie took over, immediately throwing a 50-yard strike to Travis Brown to reach the Aggies' 25. It set up a 21-yard field goal by Sullivan, giving New Mexico a 37-27 lead with 5:22 to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
UNM
1st Downs3020
Total Yards581496
Passing473342
Rushing108154
Penalties7-592-20
3rd Down Conversions9-178-13
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers21
Possession34:2725:33

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook47/634737.542
New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Porterie18/2534213.720

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Glynn10929.2046
Buries8374.6012
New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson261184.5225
Baker5112.203

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams1012012.0338
Dubois69115.2125
New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith612821.3038
Brown710615.1050

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUUNM
TD11:19Marcus Smith 3 Yd Run (John Sullivan Kick) 07
TD09:15Derek Dubois 18 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 77
TD07:30Josh Fussell 36 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick) 714
TD06:09Chris Williams 38 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERNMSUUNM
FG00:00John Sullivan 30 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERNMSUUNM
TD10:43Chris Williams 9 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 2117
FG08:40John Sullivan 38 Yd 2120
FG03:54Paul Young 29 Yd 2420
TD01:44Rodney Ferguson 1 Yd Run (John Sullivan Kick) 2427
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUUNM
FG12:39Paul Young 27 Yd 2727
TD10:02Rodney Ferguson 1 Yd Run (John Sullivan Kick) 2734
FG05:22John Sullivan 21 Yd 2737
TD02:23Chris Mark 26 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick) 2744
TD01:16Chris Williams 4 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 3444