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New Mexico outlasts UNLV; CSU wins

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New Mexico's Gabriel Fulbright tries to intercept a pass intended for UNLV's Alvin Marshall. He dropped it.

New Mexico’s Gabriel Fulbright tries to intercept a pass intended for UNLV’s Alvin Marshall. He dropped it.

John Locher, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — DonTrell Moore ran for 141 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries to lead New Mexico to a 24-20 win over UNLV on Saturday.

UNLV was slowed by six turnovers, including four fumbles.

Marcus Smith rushed for 83 yards for New Mexico (3-4, 1-2 Mountain West), including a 65-yard scoring run down the right sideline with 6:59 left in the third quarter, tying the game at 17.

New Mexico took the lead for good when Kole McKamey tossed a 34-yard scoring pass to Anthony Carter later in the period. McKamey completed 14 of 26 passes for 92 yards.

Earvin Johnson caught two touchdown passes and finished with 144 yards receiving for UNLV (2-5, 1-2). Dominique Dorsey ran for 110 yards on 18 carries.

The Lobos stopped UNLV late when Mike Mohoric sacked quarterback Kurt Nantkes, who fumbled. New Mexico's Fola Fashola recovered the ball at the 44-yard line with 1:07 left.

Nantkes finished 8-of-18 for 82 yards and an interception, and Shane Steichen completed 9 of14 for 124 yards and an interception for the Rebels.

The Lobos outrushed the Rebels 284 yards to 156.

Steichen threw scoring passes of 19 and 47 yards to Johnson in the first half as UNLV build a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Lobos jumped to a 7-0 lead on Moore's 8-yard run up the right side with 7:41 left in the first quarter.

COLORADO ST. 21, SAN DIEGO ST. 17: At San Diego, Colorado State's Terrance Carter stripped the ball away from San Diego State running back Michael Franklin in the final two minutes to set up Jimmy Green's game-winning touchdown as the Rams pulled out an improbable 21-17 victory Saturday.

San Diego State was on the brink of a come-from-behind victory after Garrett Palmer's third field goal of the day had given the Aztecs a 17-14 lead with 5:36 left in the game.

But Colorado State pinned San Diego State back on its own eight yard line following a 48-yard punt by Jeff Babcock with 2:13 left.

Franklin hit the middle of the Colorado State line on a run from the 10 and Carter came from the right side and pulled the ball out of Franklin's hands under a pile of players before he hit the ground.

Green, who rushed for a team-high 64 yards on 21 carries, ran nine yards to the one and then found the end zone with 1:10 left in the game.

Colorado State (2-4, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) turned to its backup quarterback Caleb Hanie after starter Justin Holland broke his ankle late in the first quarter.

Hanie, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 115 yards, completed five of five passes on an 80-yard 12-play drive that culminated with a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joel Dreesen that put Colorado State up, 14-6, with 2:51 left in the first half.

San Diego State (2-4, 0-2) tied the game at 14-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter when O'Connell connected with Jeff Webb on a 58-yard touchdown pass and O'Connell threw a two-point conversion pass to Robert Ortiz.

An interception return by San Diego State's Reggie Grisby set up Palmer's go-ahead field goal, which set the stage for the dramatic finish.

San Diego State linebacker Kirk Morrison had 14 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Colorado State's Adam Lancisero had 11 tackles and an interception.