New Mexico St powers past Idaho 24-16

Andrew McDonald threw for two TD’s as New Mexico State avoided

the FBS-Independent cellar by beating Idaho 24-16 on Saturday.

Idaho and New Mexico State-both trying to avoid the cellar

position of FBS Independent schools-held nothing back in the first

half trading passing TDs and field goals and Idaho (1-11) led 13-10

going in to the break.

McDonald tossed a 7-yard TD to Austin Franklin and Adam Shapiro

ran for another Aggie TD in the fourth quarter giving New Mexico

State (2-10) an advantage Idaho could not overcome. In fact, the

Vandals scored only three points in the second half. Idaho launched

a final drive with two minutes left that ended with three

incomplete passes from inside the New Mexico red zone.

Idaho outgained the Aggies 459 to 371 yards, but New Mexico

State had only one penalty while Idaho gathered eight for 95

yards.