Scores

Final

Idaho 21

(1-0, 1-0 Sun Belt)

New Mexico St 6

(0-1, 0-1 Sun Belt)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 14 7 0 021
NMSU 0 0 6 06

Top Performers

Passing: N. Enderle (IDHO) - 179 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. McCarty (IDHO) - 8 CAR, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Komar (IDHO) - 2 REC, 68 YDS, 1 TD

Idaho 21, New Mexico St. 6

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Nathan Enderle threw two touchdown passes and Princeton McCarty got most of his 96 yards rushing on one play as Idaho beat New Mexico State 21-6 on Saturday night to spoil DeWayne Walker's coaching debut with the Aggies.

McCarty had the highlight of the game late in the first quarter, but he probably won't advertise it.

With the Vandals (1-0, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) at their own 32, McCarty broke free up the middle, burst past the linebackers into open field with no defenders anywhere nearby. As he sprinted untouched toward the end zone, he tripped at the 5 and put his face mask into the turf at the 1.

McCarty, who had a career-high 160 yards rushing in last season's 20-14 win over the Aggies, scored on the next play to put Idaho up 14-0, then got a bear hug on the sideline from coach Robb Akey.

New Mexico State (0-1, 0-1) has been one of the nation's worst programs for decades and Walker got off to a rough start in his bid to turn things around. The Aggies had a touchdown overturned by an officials' review, missed a field goal and PAT kick and lost two fumbles.

Enderle completed 11 of 21 attempts for 179 yards with one interception. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Daniel Hardy to cap Idaho's first drive, then found Max Komar on a 38-yard catch-and-run that helped the Vandals to a 21-0 halftime lead.

Idaho has beaten New Mexico State five of the past six years. The Aggies ended last season on a seven-game losing streak, which led to the firing of former coach Hal Mumme, and things didn't look much better much of the night even with a new coaching staff.

New Mexico State struggled to find an offensive rhythm but avoided a shutout on Tonny Glynn's 3-yard TD run late in the third period. Jeff Fleming, a junior college transfer to won the quarterback job in fall workouts, threw a fourth quarter interception that ended any hope for a rally.

Fleming was 21-of-33 for 230 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IDHO
NMSU
1st Downs1521
Total Yards350342
Passing179235
Rushing171107
Penalties5-869-62
3rd Down Conversions9-147-14
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers13
Possession27:5132:09

Passing Leaders

IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enderle11/211798.521
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fleming21/332307.001

Rushing Leaders

IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty89612.0167
Jackson13483.7010
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Colston14503.6014
Glynn9293.216

Receiving Leaders

IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Komar26834.0138
Davis25326.5048
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen58216.4034
Anderson45012.5021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDHONMSU
TD11:38Daniel Hardy 6 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 70
TD03:28Princeton McCarty 1 Yd Run (Trey Farquhar Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERIDHONMSU
TD05:31Max Komar 38 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERIDHONMSU
TD02:37Tonny Glynn 3 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 216