Lobos take Rio Grande Rivalry 42-25

Isabel Gonzalez

The University of New Mexico Lobos took down their rivals from the south 42-25 on Saturday night for the battle of the Rio Grande at Las Cruces. New Mexico State was coming in with back-to-back wins in the last two meetings with UNM, but the Lobos broke the streak and now return to the 505 with a winning record of 2-1. The Aggies are now at 0-4.
It was a slow start for the visiting the team as the Aggies had taken a 14-0 lead only four minutes and 10 seconds into the game. The first quarter ended with a 17-7 lead for NMSU, but the Lobos managed to turn things around during the second period.
Ahmari Davis was the first to record a touchdown for the Lobos. He scored another one when the clock read 10:40 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-17. Davis scored both of these with one-yard runs. However, he didn’t stop there. Davis finished the night with four touchdowns, one in each quarter, all from runs.
Tyrone Owens was the second Lobo to score. With his 6-yard run, he gave UNM a lead that they wouldn’t lose for the rest of the night. Owens led UNM with 110 rushing yards. New Mexico entered the third quarter with a 21-7 lead. Davis’ third touchdown was the only score seen during this period. He scored the first one of the final quarter but the very last touchdown of the night went to Marcus Hayes.
Hayes scored from a 60-yard interception, which was a good way to represent how the tables had turned as the Aggies’ first touchdown had been from the third play of the day and Sheriron Jones’ first pass being intercepted. New Mexico intercepted a total of five NMSU passes throughout the night, this is the most for the program since the Lobos defeated San Diego State in a 30-7 win in October 2003.
For Jones, the following was true: it’s not how you start, but how you finish. The victory was specially good for him as he entered the season as the third-string quarterback.

This was the 29th victory for the Lobos in Las Cruces. New Mexico now leads the overall series 71-33-5.  Next up is bye week for the Lobos. Their next game is at home on Sept. 29 as they host Liberty.
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