Colorado State 14, New Mexico 10
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) _ Quarterback Anthony Hill shook off an ankle injury to heal Colorado State’s lethargic offense, and the Rams’ defense turned away a late New Mexico drive Saturday to preserve a 14-10 win.
Hill, who sprained his right ankle against Hawaii two weeks ago, replaced freshman Erich Prahl late in the first half and led the Rams on a pair of third quarter scoring drives that erased a 10-0 New Mexico halftime lead.
Tailback Leonice Brown scored on a 22-yard run with 7:27 left in the third quarter and 232-pound freshman fullback Geoff Grenier put CSU (5-7, 3-5 in the Western Athletic Conference) in front with an 11-yard TD with 2:02 left. Grenier carried two New Mexico defenders over the final 5 yards.
New Mexico (3-8, 2-6) got a 32-yard field goal from David Margolis and a 15-yard scoring pass from Stoney Case to tight end Tim Wilkinson.
The Lobos mounted a late drive after CSU fullback John Ivlow fumbled at the New Mexico 2 with 3:03 left. New Mexico’s Will Martin recovered, and Case completed three straight passes to Marcus Goodloe, Greg Oliver and Carl Winston to get the Lobos to their own 45.
Case scrambled for another first down and runs of 17 and 3 yards by tailback Eric Young got the Lobos to the Rams’ 27. But Case threw incomplete three times, the last one going off the fingertips of tight end Jerone Williams in the end zone with 34 seconds left.
Colorado State defensive end Kevin Lynch then broke through to tackle Case on fourth down - the Rams’ seventh sack of Case.
CSU receiver Greg Primus had five catches for 53 yards to become the first Ram player in history to post back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards or better receiving. He finished this season with 1,007 yards on 60 receptions after catching 72 passes last season for 1,081 yards.