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.