Fresno State became bowl eligible after defeating New Mexico 38-7 on Saturday night. Isaiah Smith/The Lobo Lair
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The Lobos suffered a 38-7 loss to Fresno State on Saturday night. This result meant bowl eligibility for the Bulldogs, while it dropped New Mexico into a losing record.

The start of the game showed some potential for the cherry and silver team. During its first drive, Delane Hart-Johnson had a 43-yard catch but an offensive pass interference took it away. The Lobo defense was able to hold the Bulldogs offense until the last three minutes of the first quarter.

The first scoring play came when the clock read 2:48, when Asa Fuller successfully completed a 30-yard field goal to give Fresno State a 3-0 lead. Not a huge lead, but the Bulldogs scored again with 18 seconds remaining. Ronnie Rivers rushed for 16 yards to score the first touchdown of the night.

New Mexico remained scoreless until 57 seconds before the second quarter was over. Sheriron Jones completed a 16-yard pass to Elijah Lilly for a touchdown and Andrew Shelley’s kick was good. This touchdown broke Fresno State’s streak of nine quarters without allowing one. Lilly has gotten a receiving touchdown in five of the seven games New Mexico has played this season.

However, the Lobos didn’t end the half on a high note. The Bulldogs scored with 36 seconds remaining and walked into their locker room with a 24-7 lead. The visiting team showed off its defensive power by not allowing New Mexico to score again in the second half.

While the Bulldogs picked up 433 yards in the offense, the Lobos were held under 300 yards for the second straight game (280 yards). Throughout the night, the Bulldogs collected 433 yards and 29 first downs. This is the same amount of first downs as their last two games combined.

Saturday’s result allowed Fresno State (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) to become bowl eligible by picking up its sixth win of the season. This is the second year in a row the Bulldogs get bowl eligibility. Meanwhile, New Mexico is now dealing with a losing record at 3-4, 1-2 MW.

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