Wyoming Drops Heartbreaker To New Mexico 30-29

Oct 6, 2001

Box Score

By BOB MOEN
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Casey Kelly was 20-of-30 for 211 yards and a touchdownin his first college start as New Mexico beat Wyoming 30-29 on Saturday.

With 21 seconds remaining, Wyoming's Malcom Floyd caught a 20-yard TD passthat bounced off teammate Scottie Vines. But Jarvis Wallum's extra-pointattempt hit the right goal post.

Vladimir Borombozin kicked field goals from 31, 36 and 28 yards for NewMexico (2-3, 1-1 Mountain West) in the Lobos' first victory in Laramie since1982. Wyoming (2-3, 0-2) fell into sole possession of last place.

The Cowboys were led by quarterback Casey Bramlet, who completed 21 of 36passes for 364 yards and two TDs. However, he threw three interceptions, whichresulted in 17 New Mexico points. He also was sacked four times.

Wyoming's first two possessions of the game ended in interceptions. Thefirst resulted in Borombozin's field goal and the second was returned 6 yardsfor a touchdown by cornerback Stephen Persley.

After Wallum pulled Wyoming to 10-6 with two field goals, Kelly connectedwith Joe Fiola on a 5-yard TD pass to put the Lobos ahead 17-6 at the half.

Borombozin opened the scoring in the second half with a 36-yard field goal,but Wyoming answered with a 2-yard TD run by Derek Armah and a 43-yard fieldgoal by Wallum to cut the Lobos' lead to 20-16.

But New Mexico built a 30-16 lead with 4:15 left in the game on anotherfield goal and an interception by cornerback David Crockett, who returned it 17yards for a score.

The Cowboys mounted a quick comeback when Bramlet hooked up with Brock Ralphon a 66-yard scoring pass.

New Mexico, which has played its last four games on the road because itsSept. 15 home game against New Mexico State was postponed, returns home for thefirst time since its Sept. 1 season opener. The Lobos meet Brigham Young nextSaturday.

Wyoming travels next Saturday to Air Force.