ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Kasey Carrier ran for 179 yards, and Cole Gautsche added 140 yards and two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to help New Mexico beat Air Force 45-37 on Friday night.
New Mexico (3-6, 1-4 Mountain West) snapped a four-game losing streak, piling up 451 yards on the ground.
Anthony LaCoste ran for 177 yards for Air Force (2-8, 0-6), and Nate Romine threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score
The teams combined for 924 total yards, but one of the biggest plays came on defense when New Mexico linebacker Brett Bowers sacked Romine for a 13-yard loss on a fourth-and-23 attempt midway through the fourth quarter with the Falcons trailing 42-34. The Lobos then took 4:10 off the clock in driving for a field goal.
New Mexico had leads of 14-0 and 21-7, but Air Force pulled even at 21 on Romine's 21-yard scoring pass to Jale Robinette early in the third quarter.
Jhurell Presley went over from 3 yards out for the first of two second-half touchdowns, but the extra point was blocked.
Moments later Air Force took its only lead at 28-27 on Romine 7-yard pass to Garret Griffin.
Presley immediately responded with a 61-yard run that put New Mexico back ahead to stay. Presley finished with 87 yards on four carries.
Gautsche completed only one pass in three attempts, a 28-yard scoring strike to Jeric Magnant in the first quarter.
New Mexico retired former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher's No. 44 jersey at halftime.
Urlacher was a standout defensive back from 1996-99 at New Mexico. He played linebacker for the Bears, retiring after last season.
"It's a big deal," said Urlacher, from the small New Mexico town of Lovington. "There's a lot of people from my hometown that came up here to watch this and be a part of it. So I'm very excited and honored to have this chance to do this."
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