ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — LaJuan Hunt ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns and the Utah State defense forced four turnovers Saturday to beat New Mexico 24-10.
In a sloppy game on both sides, the Aggies (5-5, 3-3 Mountain West) did just enough to thwart a Lobos (3-6, 1-5) squad that has been impotent offensively. New Mexico didn’t score a touchdown until 3:20 in the fourth quarter, giving it a streak of almost nine quarters without a TD.
The Aggies turned four turnovers into 14 points, including David Woodward’s 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Lobos forced two turnovers, resulting in a second-quarter field goal.
New Mexico running back Tyrone Owens (25) is stopped by Utah State linebacker Dalton Baker (24) and linebacker Kevin Meitzenheimer during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
New Mexico’s first turnover came on the game’s first possession, when Stanley Barnwell Jr. intercepted Jordan Love. But the Lobos handed the ball right back six plays later when Justus Te’i stripped Lamar Jordan at the 10 yard line.
Utah State: The win is a boost for Utah State’s bowl eligibility, with two winnable games on tap.
New Mexico running back Tyrone Owens (25) tries to avoid being sacked by Utah State nose guard Gasetoto Schuster (56) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
New Mexico: The loss sinks New Mexico deeper into the cellar of the Mountain West’s Mountain Division and renders hopes of a third consecutive bowl almost nil as the Lobos would have to win its final three games.
Utah State: After a bye week, Utah State takes on Hawaii at home Nov. 18. The Aggies own an 8-6 record over the Warriors and have won three consecutive games in the series, but the teams have not met since 2014.
Utah State running back LaJuan Hunt, left, celebrates with teammates Rob Castaneda, right, and Roman Andrus after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
New Mexico: New Mexico travels to Texas A&M for a non-conference game Nov. 11. The Aggies have a 3-0 series advantage winning the last meeting Aggies 41-6 in 2009.
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