San Diego State 18, New Mexico 10
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Paul Hewitt ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Ackerson kicked three field goals Saturday as San Diego State won its final game under fired Coach Denny Stolz, beating New Mexico 18-10.
The Western Athletic Conference victory gives the Aztecs a final record of 3-5 in the conference and 3-8 overall.
A crowd of 7,923, second-smallest in University Stadium’s 28-year history, saw the Lobos finish the season 1-7 and 2-10.
The Aztecs took advantage of Lobo mistakes to jump to a 5-0 lead on a field goal and a safety when Lobo quarterback Jeremy Leach was sacked by Steve Matuszewicz in the end zone.
Hewitt scored on a 7-yard run with 7:21 remaining in the first quarter after Monty Gilbreath returned a punt 61 yards to the Lobo 7.
The Aztecs led 12-0 at halftime.
The Lobos narrowed the score to 12-7 by marching 80 yards to open the second half. Andre Wooten carried the ball five times for 46 yards to set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Willie Owens.
Myron Ashley fumbled a punt on the 24-yard line and SDSU’s David Cooper recovered. But the Lobo defense held the Aztecs to a 27-yard field goal by Ackerson.
Rick Walsh narrowed the score to 15-10 with a school-record 56-yard field goal for New Mexico, breaking the record he set last year against Colorado State by 3 yards.
Ackerson completed the scoring with a 21-yard Aztec field goal.
The Lobo defense intercepted Scott Barrick twice inside the UNM 10-yard line to kill Aztec drives.
Hewitt, a senior, carried the ball 32 times and finished the season with 1,055 rushing yards, becoming the first Aztec ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice.