College football briefs: Smith leads Wyoming past New Mexico 38-31

LARAMIE (AP) — Brett Smith ran for two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, and passed for another, leading Wyoming past New Mexico 38-31 on Saturday.

Smith rushed for 138 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 48 yards, and passed for another 247.

Shaun Wick rushed for 116 yards and two TDs for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0).

Cole Gautsche led New Mexico (2-4, 0-2) with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also passed for 156 yards and a TD. Kasey Carrier rushed 104 yards for the Lobos.

New Mexico, which entered the game averaging 367.8 rushing yards a game — tops among major colleges — finished with 257.

Wyoming scored on three of its first four possessions for a 21-0 lead, but the Lobos fought back, tying the game 24-24 early in the fourth quarter.

Gautsche led the comeback with a 49-yard TD run and a 24-yard TD pass to Carrier.

But Smith capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run to put Wyoming ahead again 31-24 with 10:34 left.

On New Mexico’s ensuing possession, Jesse Sampson intercepted a pass by Gautsche, setting up Wyoming’s offense at the Lobos 48-yard line.

The interception was the third turnover on the day by the Lobos. New Mexico saw two promising drives in the first quarter stopped by fumbles. The Lobos have fumbled the ball 11 times this year, losing six.

On the next play, Smith went around the right side and scampered untouched 48 yards to put the Cowboys up 38-24.

New Mexico scored once more on a 23-yard pass from David Veba, who took over at quarterback when Gautsche suffered a leg injury, to Marquis Bundy with 1:53 remaining.

Wyoming recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

S. Dakota St rolls past W. Illinois, 38-14

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Austin Sumner passed for three touchdowns and Zach Zenner rushed for two more as South Dakota State rolled past Western Illinois, 38-14 in a Missouri Valley Conference battle Saturday.

Sumner threw two touchdown passes less than three minutes apart in the first quarter to spark the Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-2 MVC) to a 17-0 first quarter lead.

Zenner put the game away in the second half, sweeping 80 yards for a touchdown, then powering in from the 1 to cap the scoring barely three minutes later.

Sumner was 21 of 35 for 265 yards to go with his three touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions. Zenner finished with 133 yards on 21 carries. Jason Schneider caught seven passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.

J.C. Baker carried 27 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Leathernecks (3-4, 1-2 MVC).

South Dakota defeats Indiana St. 17-14

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Trevor Bouma rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, to help South Dakota come from behind and defeat Indiana St. 17-14 Saturday.

Bouma’s game-winning, 4-yard score capped a 10-play, four-minute drive to put South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) up 17-14 with 11:06 remaining. Bouma also rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, and finished with 145 yards on 28 carries.

Despite two interceptions and two fumbles, the Coyotes had their second come-from-behind victory in as many weeks. Miles Bergner, who kicked a 41-yard game-winning field goal last week, kicked a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter to pull the Coyotes within four.

Quarterback Robert Tonyan Jr. moved the Sycamores (1-5, 0-2) to the South Dakota 34 before getting stuffed for no gain on fourth down with 4:18 remaining. USD then rode Bouma’s back for six straight carries to run out the clock.

Montana runs over UC Davis 42-7

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Johnson threw for two touchdowns and Montana ball carriers notched four more as the Grizzlies ran over UC Davis 42-7 in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday.

Behind a big offensive line that manhandled defenders in opening holes, Montana (5-1, 2-1) racked up 255 yards rushing, including an 18-yard scoring run by Travon Van and TD runs of 1 and 24 yards by Jordan Canada. Canada had 126 yards on 24 carries.

Johnson was 12 of 20 for 163 yards passing, with TD strikes of 30 and 21 yards to Ellis Henderson. Backup QB Shay Smithwick-Hann had a 41-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Montana held UC Davis (2-5, 2-1) to 237 yards of total offense and bagged two interceptions, including one that set up a touchdown.

The Aggies’ only score came on a 9-yard run by QB Randy Wright, in the third quarter.


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