FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Conner Smith threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, and Kevin Pierre-Louis batted away a last-play pass in the end zone as Colorado State held on to defeat New Mexico 24-20 Saturday night.
With the Rams trailing 20-17 with 3:06 left, Smith, who was 19 for 26 for 254 yards and two TDs passing, took over at the Colorado State 24. It took seven plays and a key 6-yard run on fourth and 2 by Chris Nwoke to set up a 30-yard pass to Joe Hansley with 1:29 left.
Donnell Alexander ran for 112 yards for the Rams (4-8, 3-5 Mountain West).
After Hansley's touchdown, B.J. Holbrook was 5 of 6 passing and ran for 6 yards in driving the Lobos (4-9, 1-7) to the Colorado State 16, but missed his next two passes.
After a timeout, Holbrook, who was 12 of 21 for 205 yards and a touchdown, attempted to get a pass to Cory Wiggins in the end zone, but Pierre-Louis got in the way.
|COLOST||Joe Hansley 29 yd pass from Conner Smith (Jared Roberts kick)|
|COLOST||Donnell Alexander 3 yd run (Jared Roberts kick)|
|NMEX||Kasey Carrier 1 yd run (Justus Adams kick)|
|COLOST||Jared Roberts 48 yd FG|
|NMEX||Justus Adams 38 yd FG|
|NMEX||Justus Adams 30 yd FG|
|NMEX||Jhurell Pressley 55 yd pass from B.R. Holbrook (Justus Adams kick)|
|COLOST||Joe Hansley 30 yd pass from Conner Smith (Jared Roberts kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-14||2-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||2-2|
|Kick Return Yds||75||37|
|Punt Return Yds||30||2|
|Time of Poss.||28:9||31:51|
|NMEX: Kasey Carrier 16-59, Cole Gautsche 10-41, B.R. Holbrook 3-13, Lamaar Thomas 4-12, Chase Clayton 2-7, Jhurell Pressley 1-3, Crusoe Gongbay 1-2|
|COLOST: Donnell Alexander 24-112, Chris Nwoke 11-49, Joe Hansley 1--2|
|NMEX: B.R. Holbrook 12-21-205-0|
|COLOST: Conner Smith 19-26-254-1|
|NMEX: Lamaar Thomas 4-35, Ty Kirk 3-39, Carlos Wiggins 2-24, Jhurell Pressley 1-55, Andrew Aho 1-48, Kasey Carrier 1-4|
|COLOST: Joe Hansley 5-102, Marquise Law 5-57, Charles Lovett 4-35, Crockett Gillmore 3-46, Austin Gillmore 1-11, Jake Levin 1-3|
|New Mexico||9th Mountain West||1-7||4-9|
|Colorado State||6th Mountain West||3-5||4-8|