Boise State holds on to edge New Mexico

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2012

 Joe Southwick passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns and Timmy Smith knocked down a fourth-down pass with 2 minutes to go Saturday to help No. 24 Boise State beat New Mexico 32-29 in a Western Athletic Conference opener on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

 Boise State (3-1, 1-0) led by 25 points at halftime after turning three Lobos’ fumbles into 18 points.

 New Mexico (2-3, 0-1) turned two Broncos’ second-half fumbles into touchdowns to help close the gap. The Lobos did not throw a pass in the second half until its final play, but baffled the Broncos with their triple-option offense.

 “I’ve been preaching this forever,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “You never let a team off the hook. I will give all credit to New Mexico; they took advantage and made plays. It was hard and we fumbled and they capitalized. It can change fast and I hope this team learns that.”

 Jay Ajayi had 118 yards and a touchdown on six carries for Boise State.

 New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche rushed for 71 yards and two TDs and added a 2-point conversion run.

(1) Alabama 33, Mississippi 14: Amari Cooper caught two TD passes from AJ McCarron and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score, leading the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) over the Rebels (3-2, 0-1) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

(3) LSU 38, Towson 22: Zach Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham Jr. five times for 128 yards and two TDs, and the Tigers (5-0) overcame nagging offensive sloppiness in a victory over the overmatched but feisty Tigers of Towson (2-2) in Baton Rouge, La.

(4) Florida State 30, South Florida 17: EJ Manuel threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, helping the Seminoles (5-0) remain unbeaten with a victory over the Bulls (2-3) in Tampa, Fla.

(5) Georgia 51, Tennessee 44: Todd Gurley ran for three TDs and Keith Marshall added two more as the Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC) recovered after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Volunteers (3-2, 0-2) in Athens, Ga., in the highest-scoring game between the two rivals.

(6) South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17: Marcus Lattimore ran for two TDs and Connor Shaw passed for another in the second half as the Gamecocks (5-0, 3-0 SEC) scored 31 straight points to beat the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) in Lexington, Ky.

(12) Texas 41, Oklahoma State 36: David Ash threw three touchdown passes to Jaxon Shipley and Joe Bergeron scored on a 2-yard run with 29 seconds left to lift the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) to a win over the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) in Stillwater, Okla.

(14) Ohio State 17, (20) Michigan State 16: Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 130 more, and the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) held off the Spartans (3-2, 0-1) in East Lansing, Mich., giving Urban Meyer a win in his first Big Ten game as Ohio State coach.

(15) TCU 24, SMU 16: Casey Pachall threw two TD passes, Jason Verrett had two interceptions and the Horned Frogs (4-0) extended their FBS-best winning streak to 12 games by beating the Mustangs (1-3) in Dallas.

(17) Clemson 45, Boston College 31: Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three TDs and also ran for another score to lead the Tigers (4-1, 1-1 ACC) past the Eagles (1-3, 0-2) in Boston.

(19) Louisville 21, Southern Mississippi 17: Senorise Perry rushed for 118 yards and two TDs, Jeremy Wright added 84 rushing yards and the Cardinals (5-0) rallied to beat the Golden Eagles (0-4) in Hattiesburg, Miss.

(22) Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27: Taylor Martinez scored on a 38-yard run as he guided the Cornhuskers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) on four straight scoring drives in the second half en route to a comeback victory over the Badgers (3-2, 0-1) in Lincoln, Neb.

Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10: Johnny Manziel threw for a school-record 453 yards and three TDs and ran for another score to lead the Aggies (3-1, 1-1) over the Razorbacks (1-4, 0-2) in College Station, Texas, for their first Southeastern Conference win.

Miami 44, North Carolina State 37: Stephen Morris threw for a school-record 566 yards and five TDs, the last of those a 62-yarder to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left, and the Hurricanes (4-1, 3-0 ACC) beat the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-1) in Miami for their first three-game winning streak since 2009.

Northwestern 44, Indiana 29: Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four TDs, and the Wildcats (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) set a school record with 704 yards of total offense in a victory over the Hoosiers (2-2, 0-1) in Evanston, Ill.

Penn State 35, Illinois 7: Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a score and ran for two TDs to lead the Nittany Lions (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) over the Fighting Illini (2-3, 0-1) in Champaign, Ill.

Duke 34, Wake Forest 27: Backup quarterback Anthony Boone scored on a 4-yard run with 11:35 left, and the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-0 ACC) beat the Demon Deacons (3-2, 1-2) in Winston-Salem, N.C., for their first win in the series since 1999.

Air Force 42, Colorado State 21: Cody Getz had 222 of Air Force’s 459 yards rushing to lead the Falcons (2-2, 1-1 MWC) over the Rams (1-4, 0-1) in Air Force Academy, Colo. Getz’s career-high mark made him the first player in Air Force history to begin a season with four straight 100-yard rushing games and the first with two 200-yard games in the same season since Chad Hall in 2007.

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