Air Force didn't give New Mexico a chance to make it two in a row.
Last year the Lobos knocked Air Force out of the Western Athletic Championship race with a 34-32 victory in the last regular game of the season.But on Saturday, Air Force overcame a 20-point deficit to nip the Lobos 33-32 and keep the Falcons' hopes alive at least for one more week.
The victory raised the Falcons to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play while New Mexico dropped to 1-3 and 0-1.
The academy had to score 27 points in the final quarter - 21 of them in the final 11:06 - to pull out the victory. Junior halfback Obasi Onuoha provided much of that with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter while Wayne Young added another.
"This is proof that it is never over till it's over," said Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry. "We did what we had to do. The defense gave us the opportunities and the offense capitalized."
DeBerry said he told the team at halftime "that we were not out of the game. . . . I told them this was reminiscent of our comeback against Utah in 1986 up there when we won 45-35" after being down 35-14.
New Mexico freshman sensation Winslow Oliver seemingly had put the game away less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when he ran 80 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. That made the score 32-12 in favor of the Lobos. Oliver, who was averaging 121 yards in the first three games, finished with 186 yards on 31 carries.
"This was a classic example of a program that has won and knows how to win and a program that hasn't won and doesn't yet know how to win," New Mexico coach Dennis Franchione said. "We have to get better in every area."
Wyoming 26, Louisville 24
At Louisville, Ky., Joe Hughes passed for two touchdowns and Wyoming's defense shut down a final Louisville drive as the Cowboys rallied for a victory.
Hughes' 19-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Yarborough at the start of the fourth quarter put Wyoming up 26-17.
Jeff Brohm awakened a sleeping Louisville offense with a nine-play, 87-yard scoring march culminated by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Cook with 7:35 left in the game. Brohm had key runs of 10 and 22 yards on crucial third-down situations during the drive.
Colorado St. 17, LSU 14
At Baton Rouge, La., Quarterback Anthony Hill ran 2 yards on fourth-and-goal with 50 seconds to play to give previously winless Colorado State an upset of Louisiana State.
Hill moved the Rams 83 yards in 11 plays to the winning touchdown, a drive that consumed 61/2 minutes.
The Rams (1-4) led 10-7 at the half, thanks to an 80-yard touchdown run by Leonice Brown and a 20-yard field goal by Peter Rantzau.
LSU (1-3) scored first as freshman quarterback Jamie Howard moved the Tigers 69 yards in nine plays with freshman fullback Robert Toomer going over from the 3.
Washington St. 39, Fresno St. 37
At Fresno, Calif., Drew Bledsoe threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:39 of the game to lead Washington State to a non-conference victory against Fresno State.
Bledsoe hit C.J. Davis with a 10-yard touchdown pass with just 40 seconds on the clock for the winning score.
Bledsoe finished with 323 yards passing for the game, 226 of those yards coming in the second half.
Team W L T W L T
Hawaii 1 0 0 2 0 0
Fresno St. 1 0 0 2 2 0
SDSU 1 0 0 1 1 1
Air Force 2 1 0 3 1 0
BYU 1 1 0 1 2 0
Utah 0 0 0 2 1 0
Wyoming 0 1 0 2 2 0
Colorado St. 0 1 0 1 3 0
New Mexico 0 1 0 1 4 0
UTEP 0 1 0 0 3 0
Utah 42, Oregon State 9
Air Force 34, New Mexico 32
UCLA 35, San Diego State 7
Wyoming 26, Louisville 24
Colorado State 17, LSU 14
Washington State 39, Fresno State 37
BYU at Hawaii, late