ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The No. 24 Boise State football team found some offensive punch Saturday at University Stadium and beat New Mexico 32-29.
The Broncos, who had failed to score an offensive touchdown in two of their first three games and struggled mightily in the red zone, scored on four of their first five drives to take a 25-0 halftime lead.
They needed that cushion. The Lobos scored three touchdowns without a pass in the second half to close to 32-29 with 7:42 left before the Broncos closed them out.
New Mexico opened the second-half scoring after forcing a fumble by Dallas Burroughs on the opening kickoff. Burroughs was ruled down on the field, but the replay booth gave the ball to the Lobos.
New Mexico caught a break on third-and-1 at the Boise State 4. Wide receiver Ty Kirk fumbled on an option run to the left but fell on the ball for a first down at the 3. Jhurell Pressley scored to cut Boise State's lead to 25-7.
The Broncos responded with a long drive but couldn't score. Kirby Moore made a 36-yard catch to help them reach the New Mexico 4, where coach Chris Petersen went with his offense instead of his kicker on fourth-and-1. Quarterback Joe Southwick faked a handoff, rolled right
and missed fullback Dan Paul with a pass.
The Lobos offense capitalized again. They gained 27 and 40 yards on back-to-back option plays to the right, where the Broncos only had one player to defend the quarterback and the pitch man. Kasey Carrier finished the 96-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run that made it
Boise State answered with a TD, but New Mexico drove 75 yards to match.
The Lobos pulled to three points on a fumble return to the Broncos' 1 and a touchdown and two-point conversion run by quarterback Cole Gautsche.