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New Mexico State 48, Texas Southern 14

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Jeremiah Williams stepped in at running
back for injured teammate Justine Buries, and New Mexico State
didn't miss a beat.

Williams had 106 yards rushing and three touchdowns and caught a
pass for another TD as the Aggies easily beat Division I-AA Texas
Southern 48-14 on Saturday night.

"I didn't feel any pressure starting this week. I just got more
reps," Williams said.

The Aggies (2-1), who went 0-12 in 2005 and carried a 13-game
losing streak into this season, have beaten two I-AA opponents so
far this fall. New Mexico State opened with a victory over
Southeastern Louisiana two weeks ago.

Williams became the first Aggie to score four touchdowns in a
game since Chris Barnes did it against New Mexico Highlands in
1999.

"I was real pleased with him. ... He did a nice job filling in
for Justine Buries. It looks like we found us a starter," New
Mexico State coach Hal Mumme said when asked about Williams.

New Mexico State's Chase Holbrook was 27-of-42 for 347 yards
with one interception, his third straight contest with at least 300
yards passing.

The Tigers (2-1) were led by reserve quarterback Cornelius
Harmon, who started for the injured Tino Edgecombe. Harmon threw
for 105 yards, completing 10-for-21 attempts with one TD pass.

Texas Southern was within a touchdown through most of the first
half but a costly penalty helped New Mexico State pull away.

The Aggies led 14-7 just before halftime and lined up to punt
after their drive stalled near midfield. But the Tigers were
penalized for being offside, giving New Mexico State fourth-and-1
at Texas Southern's 49.

Holbrook's 1-yard gain kept the driving going, and three plays
later Williams streaked down the left sideline for a 35-yard TD run
and a 21-7 halftime lead.

"We've got a seven-point football game with about six minutes
before the half and we get a punt and have an offsides," Tigers
coach Steve Wilson said. "That was really a crucial point because
we were playing really good defense and moving the ball
offensively."