New Mexico rolls over San Diego St. 70-7
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Misty-eyed and embarrassed, San Diego State coach Chuck Long was asked if he had lost more than a game Saturday night when New Mexico won in a 70-7 rout.
Had he lost his team?
“I don’t know,” said Long. “I hope this is the lowest point in our season. Everything is going wrong at once and we have a very fragile football team.”
New Mexico (4-4 overall, 2-2 MWC) scored in bunches against the nation’s worst rushing defense. Rodney Ferguson scored four touchdowns, and the Lobos’ 49 first-half points were the most since 1946, when the school began keeping such stats.
That eclipses the previous high of 46 points against Northern Arizona in 1950.
The 70 points were the most ever given up by San Diego State (1-6, 0-3 MWC), which lost to New Mexico for the eighth straight time.
The game turned ugly quickly after Lobo cornerback Glover Quin intercepted a pass from freshman quarterback Ryan Lindley on the Aztecs’ first possession.
The Lobos needed just four plays to go 46 yards after Quin’s pick, with quarterback Brad Gruner scoring from the 20. The rout was on from there.
“I have never been ahead that far,” Lobos coach Rocky Long said. “We got some big plays and some breaks early and the game got out of hand.”
New Mexico’s first half scores included a pair of 4-yard TD runs, a 5-yarder by Ferguson and a 13-yard TD run by Gruner after linebacker Carmen Messina recovered a fumble by Mekell Wesley on a kickoff return. Gruner also threw a 19-yard scoring pass to tight end Chris Mark with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Ferguson tied his career high with four TDs, the final one coming early in the third quarter on a 35-yard run.
San Diego State gave up 419 rushing yards and 565 total yards. The Aztecs’ only score was on a 15-yard pass to Darren Mougay with 7:30 left in the third quarter.