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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Walter Kazee ran for a career-high three touchdowns as San Diego State cruised to a 35-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.
Ronnie Hillman, the FBS’s leading rusher, ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Aztecs (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West).
The Lobos (0-9, 0-4), one of only two winless FBS teams, stretched their losing streak to 12 games. New Mexico’s last win came Nov. 6, 2010 against Wyoming.
Kazee, who entered with five career rushing TDs, had never scored more than one in a game. Hillman, who came in averaging 151 yards per game, scored on a 1-yard run.
San Diego State’s five rushing touchdowns were its most in more than 15 years.
Ryan Lindley completed 16 of 24 passes for 271 yards as the Aztecs gained 486 yards. The Lobos had just 162 yards of offense.
Crusoe Gongbay scored on a 6-yard run just before halftime for New Mexico.
It was the first time in eight games New Mexico has held an opponent to less than 42 points.
Kazee’s first TD capped a 66-yard drive in late in the first quarter and San Diego State took a 14-0 lead with 4:26 before halftime on Kazee’s 3-yard run.
New Mexico, which had been shut out in its last two games, had its only sustained drive of the game on its next possession. The Lobos went 80 yards on nine plays with Crusoe Gongbay scoring on a 6-yard run just before halftime to cut the San Diego State lead to 14-7.
But the Aztecs used short fields on their first two possessions of the third quarter to set up Kazee’s last touchdown and Hillman’s 13th rushing TD of the season.
The win was just San Diego State’s second in its last eight home games against the Lobos.