Texas Southern 14

(2-1, 2-1 away)

New Mexico St 48

(2-1, 2-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 16, 2006

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
TXSO 0 7 0 714
NMSU 7 14 14 1348

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 352 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Williams (NMSU) - 14 CAR, 101 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: N. Cleaver (NMSU) - 5 REC, 100 YDS, 1 TD

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."