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Game 10

Utah 31, New Mexico 24

Albuquerque, N.M. - Nov. 9
University Stadium - Att. 22,241

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Utah bounced back from its worst loss in seven years and remained in the WAC title chase with a 31-24 win over New Mexico. The Utes never trailed in this one while moving their record to 8-2 (6-1 WAC). Quarterback Mike Fouts and running back Juan Johnson shouldered the offensive load. Fouts completed 17 of 25 passes for 240 yards and two scores, and rushed for another TD. Johnson ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and picked up a critical first down in the waning minutes of the game to preserve Utah's lead.

Defensively, Utah kept New Mexico's option game in check, holding the nation's eighth-ranked rushing team to 218 ground yards--40 below its average. Harold Lusk picked off his sixth interception of the season and returned it 33 yards as time expired. Daniel Pulsipher tied the school career field goal record with a 34-yard boot--the 34th of his career.

Utah        7  10   7   7 - 31
New Mexico  7   3   7   7 - 24

Scoring Summary
UU--Fouts 1 run (Pulsipher kick), 7:54, 1st
NM--Sellers 19 run (Cason kick), 3:23, 1st
UU--Johnson 1 run (Pulsipher kick), 11:53, 1st
UU--Pulsipher 34 field goal, 1:34, 2nd
NM--Bloom 49 field goal, 0:04, 2nd
UU--Jex 54 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 11:50, 3rd
NM--Sellers 4 run (Casonkick) 2:16, kick, 2:16, 3rd
UU--Utu 25 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 6:43, 4th
NM--Sellers 4 run (Cason kick), 2:31, 4th

Team Statistics           UU       NM
First Downs               23       21
Net Rushing           43-138   46-218
Passing              25-17-1  27-14-1
Passing Yards            240      162
Total Offense         68-378   73-380
Fumbles                  1-1      0-0
Penalties                1-5     5-57
Interceptions           1-33      1-0
Punting               4-39.8   6-40.8
Punt Returns            3-35     2-12
Kickoff Returns          0-0     3-54
Time of Possession     34:13    25:47
Third Down Conversions  9-14     7-15
Fourth Down Conversions  0-0      0-1
Sacks By                 0-0      0-0

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)--Utah: Johnson 34-111-1, Bacon 6-26-0, Fouts 3-2-1. New Mexico: Sellers 15-80-3, Gordon 19-71-0, Johnson 8-32-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fouts 25-1-1-240-2. New Mexico: Sellers 26-14-0-162-0, Messer 1-0-1-0-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)--Utah: Dyson 5-67-0, Henry 6-54-0, Utu 2-37-1, Christoffersen 3-28-0, Jex 1-54-1. New Mexico: McGrew 4-64-0, White 2-35-0, Thomas 3-22-0.

Kickoff Returns--Utah: None. New Mexico: Brown 1-16, Oliver 2-38.

Punt Returns--Utah: Lusk 2-21, Dyson 1-14. New Mexico: Smith 2-12.

Utah Defensive Leaders--Tackles: Love 9, Dart 8, Lusk 7. Sacks: none. Interceptions: Lusk 1-33.

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