FINAL SCORE, NEW MEXICO, NEVADA, MT. WEST, WAC
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- The New Mexico Lobos ended a 46-year drought without a bowl victory Saturday afernoon by beating a completely inept-looking Nevada 23-0 in the New Mexico Bowl. The last time the Lobos won a bowl game was the 1961 Aviaton Bowl in Dayton, Ohio.
At the same time, the Wolfpack had not been shut out since 1980.
Nevada had no toruble with its red zone offense because it never got into the red zone. The Wolfpack never even crossed the 30-yard line. The Western Athletic Conference team finished with just 73 yards rushing and 137 yards passing for 210 yards.
New Mexico had a good day offensively. with 194 yards rushing and 354 yards passing for 548 yards total. Unheralded Lobo quarterback Donovan Porterie had to make up for the loss of leaidng running back Rodney Ferguson. Porterie compled 20 of 36 pass attempts for two touchdowns. Junior running back Paul Baker rushed for 167 yards on 22 carries.
The crowd of 30,223 watched a lopsided game from the start. Nevada seemed to lack enthusiam and was almost just going through the motions when it became obvious that start RB Luke Lippincott was not going to have a good day. Lippincott had 10 carries for 40 yards.
The Wolfpack has the honor of being one of those rare teams that goes to a bowl and finishes the year with a losing record. Nevada is 6-7 with the loss.
New Mexico of the Mountain West is 9-4, marking just the fourth time in school history that it has won nine games in a season. The win makes the Moutnain West 2-0 in bowl games with BYU, TCU and Air Force yet to play.