Wyoming 35, New Mexico 21
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) _ Dwight Driver ran for a career-best 192 yards and scored twice as Wyoming came back to beat New Mexico, 35-21, in Western Athletic Conference play Saturday.
New Mexico (1-5 overall, 0-2 in the WAC) seemed on its way to breaking a six-game losing streak to Wyoming, leading 21-13 early in the fourth quarter following a 69-yard Stoney Case scoring pass to Manley Woods, but then Wyoming (3-3, 1-1) came back.
Driver’s first touchdown, a 2-yard run behind the left tackle, came with 7:44 to play and pulled the Cowboys to within two. Quarterback Joe Hughes then tied the game at 21 with his conversion run.
After New Mexico stalled on its next possession, Lobo punter Mike Nesbitt pinned Wyoming on its own 14-yard line with a 54-yard punt. But Driver pulled the Cowboys out of the hole with a career-long 48-yard run on first down. Seven plays later he scored from the 1 to give Wyoming a 28-21 lead.
New Mexico got the ball back with over two minutes to play but a fumble by Winslow Oliver on first down from the New Mexico 32-yard line was picked up by Wyoming defensive end Tyrone Williams, who lumbered 30 yards for the final score.
The Lobos, who lost for the fifth straight time this season, had taken a 9-3 lead in the second quarter on a fluke play. After Wyoming’s Hughes connected with Terrance Green for an 11-yard gain, the receiver fumbled the ball into the air when hit by Charles Butler and free safety Ray Wilson snatched the ball and ran 55 yards into the end zone.
David Margolis’ extra point attempt went wide left, though, enabling Wyoming to take back the lead, 10-9, late in the half on a 1-yard sneak by Hughes.
New Mexico regained the lead in the third quarter, scoring on a 1-yard dive by Oliver to take a 15-10 lead. The Lobos’ attempt for a two-point conversion failed, though, when Case came up short on a keeper.
Although Wyoming got a 34-yard field goal from Kris Mindlin early in the fourth quarter, New Mexico jumped out to the 21-13 lead on the 69-yard pass play before Driver led Wyoming to victory.