Scores

Final

Utah State 45

(4-4, 3-1 MW)

New Mexico 10

(2-5, 0-3 MW)

9:00 PM ET, October 19, 2013

University Stadium (NM), Albuquerque, NM

1 2 3 4 T
USU 17 14 7 745
UNM 0 3 0 710

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garretson (USU) - 144 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. DeMartino (USU) - 12 CAR, 144 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. DeMartino (USU) - 3 REC, 41 YDS, 1 TD

DeMartino runs Utah St past New Mexico, 45-10

Associated Press

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Joey DeMartino rushed for a career high 144 yards and had four touchdowns overall for Utah State in a 45-10 win over New Mexico Saturday.

DeMartino had two touchdowns within the first seven minutes of the game to help the Aggies (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West) build a 17-0 first-quarter lead.

By halftime, the lead swelled to 31-3 as Utah State stymied the Lobos' nationally ranked ground attack.

"I thought the defense shut the run game down," said Aggies coach Matt Wells. "I thought they were dominant."

True freshman Darell Garretson, making his first career start for the Aggies because of injuries, completed his first six passes and finished 14-of-22 for 141 yards and one touchdown.

New Mexico (2-5, 0-3), which entered the game second in the country in rushing with 349 yards per game, finished with a season-low 158.

"I just think we're solid against the run," Wells said. "We're stingy. We know how to play our gap control. We've got good players."

Quarterback Cole Gautsche, who had been averaging 103 yards a game, finished with seven and Kasey Carrier, the conference's top back at 138.7 yards a game, finished with 67 yards.

The Aggies also scored two special teams touchdowns, one coming on a 65-yard punt return from Bruce Natson and the other on a 72-yard run on a fake punt from Jaron Bentrude.

Utah State scored on its first offensive play from scrimmage after defensive end Connor Williams recovered a Clayton Mitchem fumble at the 8-yard line, with DeMartino taking it over.

That set the tone for the rest of the game, Wells said.

"A shot of adrenaline in the arm," he said. "To hand the ball off and it's seven points."

It also helped Garretson settle into the game.

"That was really helpful, especially on the run," Garretson said. "It was a great run by Joey D and it was great blocking by the offensive line, too. Once we got that, I felt like we were rolling; that we were going to roll."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
UNM
1st Downs2517
Total Yards492300
Passing155140
Rushing337160
Penalties5-435-40
3rd Down Conversions7-133-15
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Turnovers01
Possession26:3333:27

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garretson15/231446.310
New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchem6/10767.600

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
DeMartino1214412.0342
Bentrude17272.0172
New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carrier14694.9116
Vega7476.7031

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reynolds44210.5016
DeMartino34113.7121
New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Magnant24020.0034
Bundy33411.3021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSUUNM
TD13:28Joey DeMartino 8 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 70
TD08:05Joey DeMartino 21 Yd Pass From Darell Garretson (Nick Diaz Kick) 140
FG00:41Nick Diaz 24 Yd 170
SECOND QUARTERUSUUNM
FG07:56Justus Adams 24 Yd 173
TD03:03Joey DeMartino 32 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 243
TD01:47Bruce Natson 65 Yd Punt Return (Nick Diaz Kick) 313
THIRD QUARTERUSUUNM
TD13:43Joey DeMartino 38 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 383
FOURTH QUARTERUSUUNM
TD08:00Jaron Bentrude 72 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 453
TD06:21Kasey Carrier 2 Yd Run (Justus Adams Kick) 4510