New Mexico runs past Air Force, 45-37

By  | 

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."

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus