Gartrell Johnson reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, running for 127 yards and a touchdown as Colorado State defeated New Mexico 20-6 on Saturday.
Johnson became Colorado State's first 1,000-yard rusher since Kyle Bell did it in 2005. He is the first runner to have a 100-yard rusher against New Mexico since Johnson ran for 172 yards against them on Nov. 10 last year.
Billy Farris was 16-for-27 throwing 237 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Colorado State (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West Conference). The Rams ended a two-game losing streak and kept their bowl aspirations alive with a game to go.
Rodney Ferguson ran for 85 yards and Brad Gruner passed for 204 yards on 23-of-39 completions for New Mexico (4-8, 2-6), which lost its fourth straight. The Lobos hadn't lost four in a row since 1998 and will miss postseason play for the second time in seven years.
Colorado State led 10-3 at halftime, but could easily have led by more.
The Rams drove deep into New Mexico territory twice in the first quarter, but settled for a 25-yard field goal by Jason Smith on the game's opening drive. Farris overthrew Kory Sperry in the end zone on a 4th-and-goal from the Lobo 2 late in the quarter.
James Aho missed a 46-yard field goal and the Rams marched to the New Mexico State 26 on its next possession, only to have Clint McPeek intercept a pass in the end zone.
Aho tied the game at 3-3 with a 36-yard field goal with 5:05 left in the second quarter.
Colorado State finally got into the end zone with 1:37 left in the half on Johnson's 12-yard touchdown run. The run put him over the 1,000 yard mark.
New Mexico drove to the Rams 12 with 18 seconds left in the half. Gruner threw three incomplete passes, the final one as time expired.
Dion Morton just got his right foot in bounds at the back of the end zone on a 6-yard pass from Farris with 7:52 left in the third quarter. Johnson had a 13-yard run in the drive and the Rams increased their lead to 17-3.
The teams exchanged field goals early in the fourth quarter. Smith kicked a 42-yarder for Colorado State and Aho booted a 25-yarder for the Lobos and the Rams lead was 20-6.
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