That’s not what our Aztecs did in Las Cruces. They shut out New Mexico State for the final 42 minutes and 52 seconds, and scored 26 unanswered points to win, 26-16.
They did it with a defense that came alive and shut the door. And with a balanced offense –212 yards passing and 229 yards rushing. The brightest factor was a banner performance by RB Donnel Pumphrey, whose speed and elusiveness made the difference. He ran for 167 net yards, averaging 8.8 yards a carry, and scored three TDs, one on a brilliant 43-yard run.
Donnel Pumphrey scores his first of three TDs vs. New Mexico State (Photo by Ernie Anderson)
David Lamar returns a blocked PAT for a defensive 2-point conversion (Photo by Ken Ables)
Now, with a Friday night game here against Nevada, let’s see if we can get off to a fast start!