Scores

Final

New Mexico St 17

(3-7, 2-3 away)

Fresno State 24

(6-4, 2-3 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

5:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Bulldog Stadium (CA), Fresno, CA

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 10 7 0 017
FRES 3 14 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 192 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Harding (FRES) - 23 CAR, 101 YDS

Receiving: A. Harris (NMSU) - 9 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Fresno St. 24, New Mexico St. 17

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Tom Brandstater ran for two touchdowns, including the game winner in the fourth quarter, as Fresno State held off New Mexico State 24-17 on Saturday.

Fresno State (6-4, 3-3) became bowl eligible and halted a two-game Western Athletic Conference losing streak by holding New Mexico State (3-7, 1-5) scoreless in the second half and limiting the Aggies to -9 rushing yards.

Brandstater completed 14 of 20 passes for 146 yards and scored both of Fresno State's offensive touchdowns on quarterback sneaks. Tailback Anthony Harding added 101 yards on 23 carries.

Chase Holbrook completed 27 of 38 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown but was sacked five times. Receiver A.J. Harris caught nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The Aggies have now dropped five straight since a surprising 3-2 start.

Brandstater's second 1-yard touchdown of the game snapped a 17-17 halftime tie and gave the Bulldogs their first lead since early in the second quarter.

New Mexico State drove to the Fresno State 19-yard line on its final possession before Jon Monga sacked Holbrook on fourth-and-6. The Bulldogs took over and successfully ran out the clock, downing a punt inside the Aggies 5 as time expired.

One of the nation's worst defenses against the run, Fresno State limited the Aggies to 183 yards of total offense. The -9 rushing yards for New Mexico State is a Bulldogs school record.

With two road games remaining, Fresno State finished 2-3 this season at Bulldog Stadium. It was the Bulldogs' first losing record at home since 1994.

Fresno State and New Mexico State were tied 17-17 halftime after the Bulldogs blew a scoring chance in the final seconds.

With 6 seconds left, the Aggies stuffed Harding for no gain from just outside the 1 after New Mexico State coach Hal Mumme called consecutive timeouts to scope out Fresno State's play selection.

Big special teams plays on both sides resulted in first-half touchdowns.

After Brandstater's 1-yard sneak tied the game at 10-10 with 12 minutes left in the second quarter, Sharrod Davis put Fresno State ahead by stripping the football away from Marcus Anderson and returning it for a score.

Davis spun around Anderson, took away the football and raced into the end zone for a 17-10 Bulldogs lead. The 25-yard fumble recovery gave Fresno State 14 points in a nine-second span.

New Mexico State came right back to tie the score at 17-17 on Holbrook's 17-yard touchdown pass to Harris with 6:22 left before halftime.

Chris Williams' 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown put New Mexico State ahead 10-3 with 1:05 left in the first quarter. Williams made a nifty move at midfield to elude kicker Ryan Goessling and scored without getting touched.

Goessling and New Mexico State's Kyle Hughes traded field goals to begin the scoring.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
FRES
1st Downs1120
Total Yards183335
Passing192146
Rushing-9189
Penalties8-654-40
3rd Down Conversions5-157-15
4th Down Conversions2-41-1
Turnovers11
Possession25:3034:30

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook27/381925.110
Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brandstater14/201467.300

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Colston4205.0012
Roberts133.003
Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harding231014.4032
Rashad11413.708

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris99710.8132
Williams9556.1013
Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pascoe35618.7036
Wylie4307.5011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUFRES
FG07:19Kyle Hughes 23 Yd 30
FG01:19Kevin Goessling 30 Yd 33
TD01:05Chris Williams 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Kyle Hughes Kick) 103
SECOND QUARTERNMSUFRES
TD12:00Tom Brandstater 1 Yd Run (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1010
TD11:51Sharrod Davis 25 Yd Fumble Return (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1017
TD06:22A.J. Harris 17 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUFRES
TD10:38Tom Brandstater 1 Yd Run (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1724