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Quick Lane Bowl: New Mexico State 24, Bowling Green 19

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

By BOB TRIPI
The Associated Press

DETROIT - Diego Pavia threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and New Mexico State held off a late rally by Bowling Green to win the Quick Lane Bowl 24-19.

The Aggies (7-6) were up 24-7 late in the third quarter, but the Falcons closed the gap in the fourth quarter to make it 24-19 after a field goal, a safety off of a blocked punt and Camden Orth's 19-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Broden with 6:27 left.

From there, New Mexico State kept control of the ball for the rest of the game.

Bowling Green (6-7) lost starting quarterback Matt McDonald early in the first quarter when he was hit late by Aggies safety Dylan Early while going out of bounds on a third-down run. He was replaced by Orth, who twice led the Falcons into field-goal range in the first half but Mason Lawler missed both tries.

The Aggies scored first to make it 7-0 on Pavia's 15-yard scoring pass to Star Thomas on their first possession of the game. The junior quarterback later added a 2-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Eric Marsh.

THE TAKEAWAY

New Mexico State: It's only the second time in the last 20 seasons that New Mexico State has won at least seven games, the first being 2017 when the Aggies beat Utah State in the Arizona Bowl.

Bowling Green: The Falcons' defense struggled throughout the season and it carried over into the game. Bowling Green was unable to slow the Aggies' offense, especially Pavia's ability to extend plays with his passing and running.

December 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NMStBGSU
NMSt TD 9:39 Star Thomas 15 yard TD pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter NMStBGSU
NMSt TD 7:36 Eric Marsh 2 yard TD pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 14 0
Third Quarter NMStBGSU
NMSt FG 11:15 Ethan Albertson 35 yard field goal 17 0
BGSU TD 11:02 Taron Keith 75 yard kick return for TD (Mason Lawler Extra Point) 17 7
NMSt TD 3:26 Ahmonte Watkins 45 yard TD run (Ethan Albertson Extra Point) 24 7
Fourth Quarter NMStBGSU
BGSU FG 14:55 Mason Lawler 49 yard field goal 24 10
BGSU SF 7:10 Team safety 24 12
BGSU TD 6:27 Tyrone Broden 19 yard TD pass from Camden Orth (Mason Lawler Extra Point) 24 19
Team Stats
  New Mexico State Bowling Green
First downs 21 17
  Rushing 13 4
  Passing 7 12
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 11-17, 65% 3-9, 33%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 41-240 21-73
Passing Yards 167 221
Return Yards 38 192
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-29-1 16-26-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-2
Punts 4 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-55 4-41
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Pavia 17 29 167 2 1
Bowling Green Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Orth 14 22 191 1 0
M. McDonald 2 4 30 0 1
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Watkins 9 76 8.4 1
D. Pavia 12 65 5.4 0
S. Thomas 9 48 5.3 0
J. Brady 1 37 37.0 0
J. Jones 9 15 1.7 0
Bowling Green Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Patterson 6 23 3.8 0
C. Orth 4 16 4.0 0
J. Johnson 4 15 3.8 0
M. McDonald 1 11 11.0 0
T. Keith 6 8 1.3 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. David 5 54 10.8 0
J. Brady 4 43 10.8 0
J. Powers 1 42 42.0 0
S. Thomas 2 18 9.0 1
T. Whitford 1 6 6.0 0
E. Marsh 1 2 2.0 1
B. Childress 2 1 .5 0
J. Jones 1 1 1.0 0
Bowling Green Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Keith 3 69 23.0 0
C. Sims 4 56 14.0 0
O. Hiliare 4 43 10.8 0
T. Broden 2 33 16.5 1
A. Osborne 2 19 9.5 0
H. Fannin Jr. 1 1 1.0 0
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Brohard 1 0
Bowling Green Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bacon 1 17
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Eberle 3 95 31.7
Bowling Green Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Sir 2 77 38.5
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Dixon 1 0 0
Bowling Green Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brady 1 14 14.0
L. Dixon 1 24 24.0
Bowling Green Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Embry 4 100 25.0
T. Keith 1 75 75.0
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
Bowling Green Missed FG
Player Length
M. Lawler 48
M. Lawler 41




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