The Rams outgained the Lobos 320 yards to 291, and had 22 first downs to the visitors' 14. However, they couldn't hold on to the ball or the game.
Freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie, filling in for injured starter Justin Holland, completed 20 of 36, largely due to New Mexico choosing to give away the pass to stop the run.
The strategy was sound as Colorado State managed only 35 net rushing yards. Three Ram turnovers to none for the Lobos doomed the hosts, who now fall to 2-2 in MWC play and 3-5 overall.
New Mexico, 3-2 (5-4), remains sporadic on offense, needing four field goals to overcome their hosts. DonTrell Moore, working his way back to full health, carried 29 times for 154 yards and one touchdown.
NEXT: New Mexico, Nov. 13 at BYU; Colorado State, Nov. 6 at Utah.
WYOMING 43, AIR FORCE 26
The Cowboys put together their best game of the season. They rolled up 559 yards of offense, committing only six penalties and no turnovers. They also possessed the ball for almost 39 minutes.
After a scoreless third quarter, Wyoming posted a field goal followed two minutes later by a touchdown to open a 23-point lead. The Falcons fought back to within 10 points, but Wyoming put the game away with consecutive touchdowns.
The Air Force reserves scored a final touchdown with 15 seconds left to make the final score closer than the game actually was. With the win, the Cowboys improved to 2-2 (5-3). If they win at UNLV next week, look for them to be sky-high when Utah comes to town Nov. 13.
NEXT: Wyoming, Nov. 6 at UNLV; Air Force, Nov. 6 at Army.
Utah 51, San Diego State 28
The Aztecs were within three points until 1:14 remained in the first half before surrendering two quick scores – the latter after San Diego State allowed the Utes to block a punt.
Utah's offense was well-rounded, putting up 375 passing yards and 173 rushing yards while the Aztecs hurt themselves with two turnovers and nine penalties for 116 yards.
The Utes are good. The question is, how good? An Aztec team that was 2-5, with the 59th ranked offense in the country coming into the game, put up 414 yards of total offense and 23 first downs.
Utah's out-of-conference opponents now have a combined record of just 12-19 in Div. I-A. Only 4-0 Utah and 3-1 BYU control their own destinies, although Wyoming and New Mexico have feasible, albeit difficult, paths to the MWC crown.
NEXT: Utah, Nov. 6 vs. Colorado State; San Diego State, Nov. 6 at BYU.
UNLV did not play. NEXT: Nov. 6 vs. Wyoming.