Aggies Play Hard, But Fall To UNM

Junior Royal Gill and senior Paul Dombrowski connected for their second touchdown of the season Saturday while junior Joey Vincent tried to engineer a late-game comeback, but the Lobos defeated the Aggies, 38-21 in the Battle of I-25

Gill finished the game 7 of 16 for 116 yards and accounted for one of the Aggie touchdowns when he found Dombrowski down the field for a career-long 80-yard touchdown strike late in the second quarter. Dombrowski who had four catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, also rushed once for seven yards in the loss.

Sophomore running back Justin Buries also had a career game on the ground for the Aggies as the second-year player rushed for a career-best 115 yards on 20 carries and a rushing touchdown. Joey Vincent, who relieved Gill in the third quarter, finished out the game 6 of 15 for 115 yards while helping the Aggies to a pair of fourth-quarter scores.

McKamey, who accounted for three touchdowns in the win, finished with a game-high 152 yards rushing on 14 carries and was 12 of 19 for 176 yards through the air. Moore, who became New Mexico's career rushing leader in Saturday's game, totaled 120 yards on 24 carries and scored one rushing touchdown in the win. In the victory, the Lobos out-gained the Aggies 484 yards to 361 yards while controlling the ball for a total of 35:04. On the ground, New Mexico amassed 314 yards on 52 total carries.

The Lobos wasted no time in getting on the board Saturday night as the home team trekked 82 yards in nine plays on the opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead at the 10:31 mark of the first quarter. McKamey finished the scoring drive 3 for 3 for 58 yards through the air while rushing for 25 yards on four carries.

After setting up the run early with several big gains, McKamey went to the air and hit Travis Brown streaking down the middle for a 34-yard gain that took the ball to the Aggie 20-yard line. After a holding penalty moved New Mexico back to the 17, McKamey found tight end John Mulchrone for the touchdown strike.

After giving up a score on the opening drive of the game, the Aggie defense stiffened and held the Lobos out of the red zone for the remainder of the quarter. On the Lobos' second possession of the game, the New Mexico State defense capitalized on a botched punt as senior Matt Griebel hauled down punter Tyler Guas in the backfield for an 8-yard loss as the Aggies took over on the Lobo 47-yard line.

Early in the second quarter, the Lobos found the end zone again as McKamey hit Moore on a screen pass for 27 yards and the touchdown. After starting the drive on its one nine-yard line, New Mexico went 91 yards in nine plays to make the score 14-0 with 9:06 remaining in the first half.

With just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Lobos scored again as McKamey went 71 yards on an option keeper, but the Aggies struck right back as Gill hooked up with Dombrowski for an 80-yard scoring bomb on the first play of the drive to cut the Lobo lead to, 21-7. It was the Aggies' first score of an opening half this season was Dombrowski's longest touchdown reception of his career.

With just 13 seconds remaining in the half, Gabriel Fulbright intercepted a pass from Gill and returned it 38 yards to the New Mexico State 19. Kenny Byrd capitalized on the turnover as he nailed a 36-yard field goal with no time remaining to send the Aggies into halftime trailing 24-7

The second half started just as the first had ended as Fulbright picked off his second pass of the game and fifth of the season to setup another Lobo touchdown. Moore, who accounted for all 18 yards on the ensuing drive, darted three yards for the touchdown to put the home team ahead, 31-7.

Despite trailing by 24 points late in the third quarter, the Aggies continued to play. With just over five minutes to go in the third quarter and the Lobos threatening inside the red zone, junior Eric Carrie intercepted McKamey in the end zone to thwart the scoring chance.

With 2:01 left in the third quarter, the Lobos scored again as Adrian Byrd rumbled in from seven yards out to cap a five-play, 51-yard drive for New Mexico and make the score 38-7.

In the fourth quarter, it was the Aggies who found the end zone with ease as the visitors scored 14 unanswered points to cut the Lobo lead to 38-21. NMSU's first fourth-quarter touchdown came when wide receiver Derek Dubois took a handoff from Vincent and scattered four yards for the score. The Aggies' final score of the game came just minutes later as Buries burst over the goal line to pull the Aggies closer.


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