ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Punishing tailback Rodney Ferguson ran for 146 yards and John Sullivan kicked four field goals, leading New Mexico to a 34-31 victory over Air Force on Thursday night.
The Lobos (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West) snapped a three-game losing streak to Air Force (6-3, 5-2), capitalizing on five lost fumbles by the Falcons — including three in the fourth quarter.
Ferguson showed his durability with 41 carries, and Sullivan set a school record by hitting his 18th straight field goal, a 36-yarder that put New Mexico ahead 34-31 with 10:10 remaining.
The Falcons got a big break when Sullivan finally missed, sailing wide right on a 32-yard try with 2:18 remaining. But Air Force's Mark Root fumbled and Herbert Felder recovered for the Lobos, who ran out the clock.
It was a big night for New Mexico's defense, which held versatile Air Force standout Chad Hall to 97 yards rushing on 21 carries. The Lobos haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in the past 10 games.