Scores

Final

New Mexico 20

(5-2, 2-1 MW)

San Diego State 17

(2-5, 1-2 MW)

8:36 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

1 2 3 4 T
UNM 3 7 0 1020
SDSU 0 10 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: D. Porterie (UNM) - 239 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. O'Connell (SDSU) - 11 CAR, 82 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Brown (UNM) - 7 REC, 119 YDS, 1 TD

New Mexico 20, San Diego St. 17

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rodney Ferguson's six yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left in the game lifted New Mexico to a 20-17 victory over San Diego State Saturday in a Mountain West Conference game at Qualcomm Stadium.

New Mexico (5-2, 2-1) has beaten the Aztecs (2-5, 1-2) seven straight times, including the last six in San Diego.

The Aztecs appeared to have the game in hand when quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who had rushed for two touchdowns, scrambled for an apparent first down on a 3rd and 11 play from the Lobos 40 yard line. However, New Mexico linebacker Herbert Felder knocked the ball out of O'Connell's hand and O.J. Swift recovered for New Mexico at the Lobos 35 yard line.

From there, quarterback Donovan Porterie directed an 8-play, 65 yard drive capped off by Ferguson's six-yard run up the middle.

Porterie finished the game completing 18-of-35 passes for 239 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Travis Brown with just 11 seconds left in the first half, tying the game at 10-10. Porterie also rushed for 16 yards including nine on the last drive.

Brown caught seven passes for 119 yards. He also drew a pass interference call on San Diego State's Aaron Moore that set up the Lobos at the six yard line on their game-winning drive.

O'Connell, who rushed for 82 yards and completed 18-of-26 for 133 yards, tied a San Diego State school record for rushing TDs by a quarterback (14) when he rambled 23 yards -- breaking a 10-10 tie with 9:17 left in the third quarter. He also had a one-yard TD run early in the second quarter after Aztecs defensive back Mantrell Fantroy picked off Porterie's pass at midfield and returned it 45 yards to the New Mexico five yard line.

New Mexico's John Sullivan kicked a 39-yard field goal with 13:04 left in the fourth quarter to put the Lobos to within four points at 17-13. The teams had traded field goals in the first half with Sullivan booting a 31-yard field goal for New Mexico midway through the first quarter and Garrett Palmer kicking a 29-yard field goal for San Diego State early in the second quarter.

After San Diego State took the lead on O'Connell's second rushing TD New Mexico came back and tied the game when Porterie directed a 7-play, 59-yard drive with his 25-yard scoring strike to Brown with 11 seconds left in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNM
SDSU
1st Downs1914
Total Yards365299
Passing239133
Rushing126166
Penalties7-557-47
3rd Down Conversions4-167-18
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession27:2932:31

Passing Leaders

New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Porterie18/352396.812
San Diego StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Connell18/261335.100

Rushing Leaders

New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson24783.3114
Porterie4164.009
San Diego StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
O'Connell11827.5223
Bornes16382.408

Receiving Leaders

New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown711917.0130
Smith57314.6022
San Diego StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown9586.4017
Swain22713.5018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNMSDSU
FG06:53John Sullivan 31 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 43 yds, 3:48
30
SECOND QUARTERUNMSDSU
FG14:08Garrett Palmer 29 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 59 yds, 4:23
33
TD12:02Kevin O'Connell 1 Yd Run (Garrett Palmer Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 5 yds, 1:09
310
TD00:11Travis Brown 25 Yd Pass From Donovan Porterie (John Sullivan Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 94 yds, 2:30
1010
THIRD QUARTERUNMSDSU
TD09:17Kevin O'Connell 23 Yd Run (Garrett Palmer Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:00
1017
FOURTH QUARTERUNMSDSU
FG13:04John Sullivan 38 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 62 yds, 3:19
1317
TD00:15Rodney Ferguson 6 Yd Run (John Sullivan Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 1:31
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