ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Texas State football team fell to New Mexico, 35-14, on Saturday in head coach Dennis Franchione’s return to Albuquerque after leaving the university in 1997.
The Lobos (3-3) jumped out to a 14-0 advantage over Texas State to begin the game. Kasey Carrier ran for a 37-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, after the Bobcats fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, Carrier rushed for a one-yard touchdown.
Texas State (2-3) got on the board when Shaun Rutherford connected with Chase Harper on a 40-yard touchdown pass to cut the Lobos lead to seven with 7:15 to go in the first quarter. The catch was a season-high for Harper and the second longest touchdown pass for Texas State this season.
It would be 11 minutes and 30 seconds later before the next score of the game. The Lobos Jhurell Pressley rushed for a one-yard touchdown for their third of the day, which led to a 14-point edge over the visitors.
After a set of penalties on both sides of the ball, the Bobcats came up big when Rutherford connected with Andy Erickson on a 35-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter as Texas State closed to within 21-14. The touchdown was the longest of Erickson’s career.
New Mexico rushed for its fourth touchdown of the game when Carrier ran for 19 yards into the end zone with three minutes remaining in the first half. The Bobcats ended the half with a fumble recovery by Joplo Bartu as time expired.
The Bobcats had a hard time stopping Carrier, as the running back rushed for his fourth touchdown of the game on a 43-yard run to increase the Lobos’ lead to 35-14.
Both defenses held strong for the remainder of the game with neither team able to score. New Mexico came away with the 35-14 victory tonight.
Texas State will return to Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, as it hosts Idaho in its annual homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.