Fresno St 23, New Mexico St 18
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Dwayne Wright ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter, as Fresno State ended a seven-game losing streak with a 23-18 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
Wright’s 6-yard touchdown run with 7:51 remaining put Fresno State (2-7 overall, 2-3 WAC) ahead for good and sent the Aggies to their 21st consecutive loss against Division I-A opponents. The Bulldogs had not won a game since their season-opening victory over Nevada.
New Mexico State (2-8, 0-6) drove to the Bulldogs’ 14-yard line on its final possession but lost 16 yards when a shotgun snap sailed over the head of quarterback Chase Holbrook.
Holbrook’s 47-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Harris, who outran the defense after catching a short hitch pass, gave the Aggies an 18-16 lead with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Fresno State responded with a nine-play, 70-yard drive capped by Wright’s second touchdown.
New Mexico State fumbled four times, which the Bulldogs converted into 17 points.
Bulldogs quarterback Tom Brandstater completed 11 of 19 passes for 99 yards in a touchdown in his first start since a 68-37 loss to Hawaii on Oct. 14.