Pumphrey leads San Diego State past New Mexico
Oct. 11, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Donnel Pumphrey rushed for a career-high 246 yards on 20 carries and had two long touchdown runs to help San Diego State beat New Mexico 24-14 on Friday night in Aztecs coach Rocky Long's first game back to Albuquerque as an opposing head coach.
Long, in his fourth season as San Diego State's head coach, coached New Mexico from 1998-2008.
Pumphrey gave the Aztecs (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) a 10-0 lead in the second quarter with a 49-yard touchdown run and scored on a 93-yarder in the third to make it 24-14.
"He's a great running back and the offensive line gave him a huge hole," Long said. "So he makes one guy near the line of scrimmage and outruns the rest of them. That's great, God-given ability that he uses to the utmost."
Chase Price added a career-high 141 yards rushing on 17 attempts and had a 27-yard scoring run in the third quarter. San Diego State outgained New Mexico 397-152 on the ground.
"Those kind of plays just take the winds out of everyone's sails," New Mexico coach Bob Davie said of the Aztecs' long touchdown runs. "It takes you to your knees giving up big plays like that. I think it's tackling. We need to keep doing what we're doing, but just continue to make it better. It's frustrating to everybody."
New Mexico (3-3, 0-2) scored on Lamar Jordan's 45-yard pass to Carlos Wiggins in the second quarter and Teriyon Gipson's 1-yard run in the third.
Donny Hageman opened the scoring for San Diego State with a 25-yard field goal in its first possession.
Nick Bawden was 4 of 13 for 63 yards for San Diego State, with most of the yardage coming on a 43-yard pass to Eric Judge on San Diego State's opening possession.
Jordan was 8 of 18 for 97 yards after taking over for Cole Gautsche in the second quarter. Jordan also led the Lobos in rushing with 52 yards on six carries.
The Aztecs kept the Lobos in the game with four turnovers in six offensive plays during a 6-minute span in the fourth quarter. Pumphrey and Chase Price both fumbled in New Mexico territory and the Aztecs threw two interceptions. But the Lobos failed to capitalize on any of them.