Carlos Wiggins 97-yard kick-off return for a touchdown was the difference in the New Mexico Lobos 36-30 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys last Saturday.

Wyoming (4-8, 2-6) had taken a 30-28 lead on Stuart Williams’ 29 yard field goal. Then, 15 seconds later, Wiggins returned his fourth career kick-off for a score with 1:53 left in the third quarter for the game-winning t-d.

On the Learfield Sports Network post-game show, UW head coach Craig Bohl said,

“We’re disappointed. We had many opportunities to win the game, but New Mexico did, as well. They capitalized on ‘em.”

The Cowboys had a chance after Colby Kirkegaard connected with Tanner Gentry on a 44-yard pass to the Lobos five yard line with 38 seconds left. However, Wyoming was unable to get the go-ahead score after four pass attempts.

New Mexico (4-8, 2-6) utilized big scoring plays in the victory. In addition to the kick-off return, the Lobos had an interception return touchdown, a 75-yard t-d pass and a 69-yard rush for a score.

Wyoming dominated the game from a statistical standpoint, but still fell short. They ran 94 plays, had nearly 42 minutes in time of possession and amassed 541 total yards. Kirkegaard threw for 366 yards, a touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked six times. Brian Hill added 163 yards rushing on 29 carries with one score. Jordan Stanton led the Pokes defense with nine total tackles.

Jhurell Pressley ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for New Mexico. They finished with 382 total yards and averaged 9.8 yards per play. The Lobos ran only 39 plays on offense.