Nov 30, 2002
By PETE HERRERA
AP Sports Writer
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - DonTrell Moore ran for 176 yards and threetouchdowns and caught two passes for scores to lead New Mexico past Wyoming49-20 Saturday, making the Lobos bowl-eligible for just the second time in 41years.
New Mexico (7-6, 5-2) finished second in the Mountain West Conference behindNo. 16 Colorado State and will go to either the Las Vegas Bowl or San FranciscoBowl. The Lobos' only other bowl appearance since 1961 was at the Insight.comBowl in 1997.
The loss ended Wyoming coach's Vic Koenning's tenure in Laramie after threeseasons. Koenning, who was fired Nov. 18 but agreed to coach the rest of theseason, went 5-29 overall and 1-20 in the conference.
The only MWC victory the Cowboys (2-10, 1-6) earned under Koenning cameagainst Air Force this season.
Moore finished the regular season with 1,117 yards rushing, becoming thefirst New Mexico back in six years to top the 1,000 mark. He scored on runs of1, 7 and 35 yards and caught TD passes of 9 and 12 yards from Casey Kelly.
The Lobos put Wyoming away with back-to-back touchdowns in the thirdquarter. Dwight Counter's punt return to the Cowboys 18 set up the 12-yard passto Moore, and Counter caught a 28-yard TD pass from Kelly after the Lobosconverted on fourth-and-1 from the Wyoming 47.
That was plenty of cushion for a New Mexico defense that tied a schoolrecord by sacking Wyoming quarterback Casey Bramlet nine times. The Lobos alsohad three interceptions.
The Cowboys trailed 21-14 at halftime after Bramlet threw a 3-yard scoringpass to Scottie Vines with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. The 12-play,80-yard drive was kept going by a pass-interference call on New Mexico thatgave the Cowboys a first down at the New Mexico 18.
Wyoming's other scores were on a 2-yard run by Derek Amah and a 24-yard passfrom Bramlet to Vines.
New Mexico, which won five of its last seven games to qualify for thepostseason, opened with a 43-yard pass against the nation's second-worst passdefense. The Kelly-to-Joe Manning pass set up Moore's first TD. Moore scoredagain after defensive end D.J. Renteria intercepted a tipped pass at theWyoming 14 and returned it to the 7.