New Mexico 42, Utah 35
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Stoney Case tied his own school record with four touchdown passes and ran in the winning score as New Mexico rallied for a wild 42-35 Saturday night victory over Utah.
Case’s 4-yard run with 3:25 remaining gave the Lobos (3-3 overall, 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference) their third straight win - New Mexico’s longest winning streak since 1986.
UNM’s Carl Winston caught nine of Case’s passes for 160 yards and two TDs.
With the score tied at 35-35 and 5:26 left to play, Dan Coverly and Tuli Mateialona stopped Utah’s Harold Lusk for no gain on a fourth-and-1 at the Utes’ 42 yard line.
Five plays later, Case ran around left end for the winning score. Jarrett Anderson ended Utah’s hopes with an interception at the Ute 30 yard line with 23 seconds left.
Case opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown strike to Marsellus Davis. But a fumble recovery put Utah at the Lobos’ 25, setting up Lusk’s 3-yard run five plays later.
Keith Williams had 59 of the 85 yards Utah drove for its next TD, including the 1-yard scoring dive. The Utes built their biggest lead, 21-7, when quarterback Mike McCoy capped a 20-play, 86-yard march with an 8-yard touchdown toss to Bryan Rowley.
But with nine seconds left before halftime, Case threw a 33-yard TD pass to Winston to cut UNM’s deficit to 21-14.
The Lobos knotted the game midway through the third period when Case connected with Turhon O’Bannon for a 51-yard touchdown.
Early in the fourth, Utah’s Pierre Jones scored from 1 yard out, but UNM countered with a 1-yard plunge of its own by Winslow Oliver, tying the contest at 28-28 with 9:56 remaining in the game.
McCoy’s 66-yard TD pass to Henry Lusk just over a minute later gave the Utes their last lead.
Case’s 21-yard lob to Winston with 6:30 to go knotted the game at 35-35, setting up the Lobos’ key defensive stop and Case’s final winning TD.