ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Marcus McMaryion threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and the Fresno State defence stifled New Mexico in winning 38-7 on Saturday night.
KeeSean Johnson grabbed eight catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns for Fresno State (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West). Ronnie Rivers added two scoring runs for the Bulldogs.
The Lobos (3-4, 1-2) managed only 295 yards and 19 first downs. It was New Mexico’s lowest scoring game of the season, and second-lowest offensive output behind 211 yards against Wisconsin.
Not only did the Lobos struggle offensively, but they couldn’t get out of their own way, committing nine penalties for 125 yards, including eight personal fouls.
Trailing 17-0 late in the second quarter, New Mexico showed its only offensive spark, going 71 yards in seven plays for its only touchdown.
But the Bulldogs immediately responded with a three-play, 75-yard TD drive in 25 seconds in the final minute of the half, with McMaryion hitting Johnson for a 34-yard score.
Fresno State opened the second half with consecutive touchdown drives to put the game out of reach.
The win makes the Bulldogs bowl eligible and keeps them atop the conference’s West Division.
New Mexico has lost three of four games and still faces the strongest part of the schedule with Utah State, San Diego State and Boise State remaining. The Lobos could miss a bowl for the second straight season after reaching two in row prior.
Fresno State plays host to Hawai’i (6-2, 3-0) Oct. 27 in a big conference showdown. The Bulldogs have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams.
The Lobos next play at Utah State (6-1, 3-0), which enters the game rolling on a six-game winning streak.