ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Demarcus Rogers rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown and freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche scored two rushing touchdowns to lead New Mexico to a 66-21 win Saturday over Southern in the season opener for both teams.
Gautsche had 88 yards on eight carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run on an option keeper.
The Lobos scored 38 points in the second quarter, as many as they totaled in the final six games last season.
Southern turned the ball over four times and the Lobos turned each one into a touchdown, including three in the second quarter.
Joseph Harris returned a recovered fumble 10 yards for a Lobos touchdown, while Cranston Jones brought an interception back 39 yards for a score. New Mexico's Chase Clayton also had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Jaguars receiver Charles Hawkins had five receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Cranston Jones 39 Yd Interception Return (Justus Adams Kick)
Lee Mitchell 1 Yd Run (Greg Pittman Kick)
Carlos Wiggins 7 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick)
Charles Hawkins 2 Yd Pass From J.P. Douglas (J.P. Douglas Pass To Michael Berry For Two-Point Conversion)
New Mexico scored 66 points in its opener against Southern. That puts the Lobos almost halfway to their total of 144 points scored all last season.
Of course, scoring against an FCS defense wasn't a problem for the Lobos. They scored 45 points against Sam Houston State last season, but averaged just 9 points per game in their 11 games against FBS opponents.