Kicker helps spark Utah State to 27-10 victory over New Mexico

Connor Coles scores on a fake as Aggies take down the Lobos.

(Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP) Utah State wide receiver NyNy Davis, left, gets tackled by New Mexico safety Ronald Wilson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Logan, Utah.

Logan • Kicker Connor Coles scored on a 6-yard run on a fake field-goal attempt to spark Utah State to a 27-10 victory over New Mexico on Saturday.

With Utah State (4-5, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) trailing 10-7, Coles took a pitch from holder Josh Sterzer and ran into the end zone to give Utah State a 14-10 lead with 10:51 left in the third quarter.

Coles added a 49-yard field goal to push the Aggies’ lead to 17-10 after three quarters. His 27-yard field goal and Hunter Reynolds’ 55-yard fumble-return touchdown in the fourth capped the scoring.

Cooper Legas completed 13 of 27 passes for 149 yards with a 38-yard scoring strike to Terrell Vaughn on the Aggies’ second play from scrimmage. Freshman Robert Briggs carried 19 times for 82 yards.

Nathaniel Jones rushed 21 times for a career-high 146 yards for New Mexico (2-7, 0-5). His 24-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter gave the Lobos a 10-7 lead at halftime. Justin Holaday completed 7 of 15 passes for 42 yards.