New Mexico Stifles Air Force, 45-37
Nov. 8, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Anthony LaCoste ran for 177 yards for Air Force, and Nate Rominethrew three touchdown passes and ran for a score, but the Air Force Falcons came up short, falling 45-37, to the New Mexico Lobos on Friday night.
The teams combined for 924 total yards, but one of the biggest plays came on defense when New Mexico (3-6, 1-4) linebacker Brett Bowers sacked Romine for a 13-yard loss on a fourth-and-23 attempt midway through the fourth quarter with the Falcons (2-8, 0-6) trailing 42-34. The Lobos then took 4:10 off the clock in driving for a field goal.
New Mexico had leads of 14-0 and 21-7, but Air Force pulled even at 21 on Romine's 21-yard scoring pass to Jale Robinette early in the third quarter.
Jhurell Presley went over from 3 yards out for the first of two second-half touchdowns, but the extra point was blocked.
Moments later Air Force took its only lead at 28-27 on Romine 7-yard pass to Garret Griffin.
Presley immediately responded with a 61-yard run that put New Mexico back ahead to stay. Presley finished with 87 yards on four carries.
Gautsche completed only one pass in three attempts, a 28-yard scoring strike to Jeric Magnant in the first quarter.