Oct 4, 2003
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - DonTrell Moore ran for two touchdowns and Casey Kelly passed for 230 yards Saturday as New Mexico beat Utah State 34-7.
Moore, who rushed for 132 yards on 30 carries, scored in the first half on runs of 6 and 2 yards and Kelly shook off a slow start to consistently find open receivers.
After completing just 2 of 7 passes in the first quarter, Kelly finished 13-of-22, including a 39-yard TD pass to Dwight Counter with 8:53 left in the second quarter.
That score and Moore's second touchdown sparked a 17-point quarter by New Mexico (3-3) that broke open a 10-7 game.
The Aggies, who came into the game averaging 322 yards in total offense, never got their offense untracked against the Lobos' blitzing defense. Cox completed 13 of 27 passes for 162 of the Aggies' 221 total yards.
New Mexico also got field goals of 24 and 41 yards from Wes Zunker and a 6-yard touchdown run from D.D. Cox.
The Lobos forced two Utah State turnovers in the first quarter, a fumble by Travis Cox and a fumbled punt by Tony Pennyman. New Mexico didn't get any points off Cox's fumble, but Pennyman's fumbled punt was recovered by Lobo defensive back Jerrell Malone at the Utah State 19. Moore then carried the ball four straight times, scoring with 3:14 left in the quarter.
Counter had 106 yards receiving on just four catches, his longest being a
46-yarder to the Utah State 3 that set up Zunker's second field goal early in
the third quarter.
Kelly, the target of criticism from Lobo fans in recent weeks, had his best game since throwing for 349 yards against Texas Tech a month ago.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES at New Mexico, Oct. 4, 2003
o - WR Kenny Coleman recorded a career best day in receptions and yards as his previous best day was 4-51 vs. Nebraska this year.
o - USU faced its biggest deficit of the season when it trailed by 27 points (34-7) early in the fourth quarter (trailed Nebraska by 24 (31-7) and Utah by 21 (33-12) earlier this year).
o - New Mexico became just the second team to produce a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game against Utah State this season (Utah accomplished the feat in the season opener).
o - CB Cornelius Lamb recorded his first career interception as well as USU's sixth interception of the year in the fourth quarter. USU had seven interceptions all of last year.
o - USU has lost five straight road games dating back to last year (0-4 this season)... USU is now 1-11 against the Mountain West Conference since it was formed in 1999 (the lone win was last year's victory against New Mexico)... Tonight's game stopped a streak of three straight games in this series that USU and UNM did not have a game decided by three points or less.
o - Junior OT Brenen Burningham made his first start since his freshman season, starting at right tackle in place of Elliott Tupea. Two Aggies made their first career starts in WR Tony Pennyman and WR Joel Higginson as USU started four wide receivers tonight. Pennyman and Higginson became the 14th and 15th different USU players to make their first career start this season.
o - After missing the first three games of the year with a broken thumb, John Chick returned to the lineup for the last two games and has a sack in each contest (had USU's first sack of the year vs. Louisiana-Monroe last week and added another in the first quarter tonight).
o - USU had only one turnover against Louisiana-Monroe last week and had two in the first quarter against New Mexico tonight. The second turnover led to UNM's first quarter touchdown.
o - USU's 79-yard touchdown pass from Travis Cox to Barry Tolli was the Aggies' longest play of the season (Cox 50-yard pass to Chris Stallworth in season opener against Utah) as well as tying for the 17th longest pass in school history. In last season's finale against Middle Tennessee Jose Fuentes hit Kevin Curtis on a 79-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was the first of Tolli's career as he became just the sixth different Aggie to score this year.
o - WR Barry Tolli's 90 reception yards at halftime were a career high (had four receptions for 61 yards on the season before tonight with top game 40 yards vs. Utah in opener) as well as the third best game total for a USU wide receiver this season (Chris Stallworth had 113 vs. Utah and Chris Cooley had 92 vs. Nebraska).
o - QB Matt Crivello made his third appearance of the season (Nebraska and Louisiana-Monroe). He entered tonight's game with only one pass attempt (an interception against Nebraska) in his career. He threw an incompletion on his first attempt tonight.
o - New Mexico's 24 points in the first half were the most allowed in a first half by the Aggies this season and matched the most points by a USU opponent at the break since Louisiana-Monroe scored 24 in the eighth game of last season (ULM led 24-10 and won 51-48 in double overtime).
o - P Ben Chaet recorded a 50-yard punt for the ninth time this year as he hit a 50-yarder in the second quarter.
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