Nov. 20, 2004
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Quarterback Kole McKamey scored on an 80-yardoption run in the third quarter and New Mexico's defense kept Wyoming out ofthe end zone in a 16-9 win Saturday that ensures the Lobos of a third straightbowl bid, a first in school history.
New Mexico (7-4, 5-2), won its fifth straight to finish second in theMountain West behind BCS bowl hopeful Utah. Wyoming (6-5, 3-4) will also get abowl bid - the Cowboys' first in 11 years - if Utah beats Brigham Young onSaturday night.
McKamey, mediocre in the first half when he completed just 5 of 11 passesfor 40 yards, erased a 6-2 Wyoming lead with his scoring run with 6:13 left inthe third quarter. McKamey faked a handoff, found a seam in the defense andoutran Wyoming safety Ron Rockett with 6:13 left in the third quarter.
Wyoming came right back and tied the game at 9-9 on Deric Yaussi's thirdfield goal, a career-best 51-yarder with 1:46 left in the third. Yaussi, whoalso had field goals of 31 and 25 yards in the first half, missed from 52 and48 yards earlier in the third quarter.
New Mexico halfback DonTrell Moore broke the tie with a 20-yard touchdownrun on the second play of the fourth quarter. It was set up by McKamey's24-yard run.
Wyoming's final drive, which started at the Cowboys' 1-yard line after TylerGaus' punt bounced out of bounds there, ended at the New Mexico 39 with justover four minutes left. Wyoming elected to punt and the Lobos ran out theclock.
McKamey finished with 152 yards rushing on 15 carries and Moore had 150 on28 carries to go over 1,000 yards for the third straight season. McKamey had111 yards rushing in the third quarter, when Wyoming was unable to adjust tothe Lobos' option.
Wyoming took a 6-2 halftime lead on Yaussi's field goals late in the firsthalf.
The first was set up by a 12-play drive that reached the New Mexico 14before stalling. New Mexico's offense set up Yaussi' second field goal a minuteand 16 seconds later. Moore fumbled a bad pitch from McKamey and Wyomingdefensive back John Wendling recovered at the New Mexico 8. Again New Mexico'sdefense held as Bramlet threw three straight incomplete passes.
New Mexico's defense accounted for the Lobos only points in the first half.Linebacker Nick Speegle and safety Charles Brown sacked Bramlet in the end zonefor a safety with 1:43 left in the first quarter.