LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Andrew McDonald threw for two touchdowns 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 independent schools — held nothing back in the first half, trading passing TDs and field goals as Idaho (1-11) took a 13-10 lead into 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 inside the New Mexico red zone.
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Idaho outgained the Aggies 459 to 371 yards, but New Mexico State had only one penalty while Idaho accumulated eight for 95 yards.