Cowboys Fall To New Mexico 45-10

Sept. 30, 2000

Box Score

By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Rudy Caamano threw three touchdown passes, HolmanWiggins rushed for a career-high 168 yards and New Mexico won its thirdstraight, beating Wyoming 45-10 on Saturday.

New Mexico (3-3, 1-0 Mountain West) even managed to end its season-longscoring drought in the third quarter. The Lobos, scoreless in that periodthrough the first five games, scored twice in the final 42 seconds. Ted Iacendascored from a yard out and 20 seconds later linebacker Mike Barnett returned afumble by Wyoming's Nate Scott 25 yards for a touchdown.

Caamano, the backup quarterback when the season started, continued to makesolid progress. He threw first half scoring passes of 7 yards to JonathonBurrough, 6 yards to Ted Iacenda and 10 yards to Kirk Robbins. Caamano was11-of-16 and has completed 23 of 31 passes in the last two games.

Wyoming (1-4, 0-1 MWC) got a 2-yard touchdown from Darth Tesinsky and a34-yard field goal from Aaron Elling in the first half, but otherwise wasovermatched against the Lobos' blitzing, ball-batting defense. Wyoming quarterback Jay Stoner was sacked five times, threw an interceptionand had several of his passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Stoner was17-for-26 for 209 yards.

The stage for the blowout was set early.

Stoner was intercepted by Stephen Persley on the Cowboys' second play of thegame, with Persley returning it to the Wyoming 8. Two plays later, Caamano hitBurrough with a screen pass. It was Burrough's first touchdown catch since1997.

New Mexico scored again early in the second quarter on a 2-yard run byJavier Hanson. It finished off a 15-play, 86-yard drive. By halftime New Mexicoled 28-10, then broke it open with the back-to-back scores in the final minuteof the third quarter.