ALBUQUERQUE (ABC4 Sports) - While the Aggies are struggling at home, they are tearing it up on the road.
LaJuan Hunt rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Utah State’s defense forced four turnovers, as the Aggies captured another double-digit victory on the road, 24-10 over New Mexico on Saturday in front of 19,293 fans at Dreamstyle Stadium.
The Aggies (5-5, 3-3 Mountain West) have won three consecutive games on the road by an average of 29.7 points per game. It is the first time since the 2012 season that Utah State has won three straight road games by double digits.
Utah State is now one win away from bowl eligibility.
Hunt eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the third time in his career and second time this season, doing so on just 14 carries against the Lobos (3-6, 1-5 MW). He averaged 8.4 yards per rush.
For the second consecutive game, Utah State did not allow a sack.
The Aggies held the ball for just 20:53, gaining 243 yards of total offense. Conversely, New Mexico had 340 yards of offense and crossed midfield on 10 of their 13 possessions, including four trips into the red zone.
Utah State’s defense forced four fumbles in the first half – two each by defensive end Devon Anderson and linebacker Justus Te'i. The Aggies recovered three of them, including one by Anderson and Te’i, and the other by junior cornerback Cameron Haney.
Anderson finished with a career-best seven tackles, while Te’i’s two forced fumbles were both inside the 10-yard line.
The Aggies led 14-3 at halftime courtesy of Hunt’s two touchdowns.
The native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gave Utah State a 7-0 advantage when he scored on a 1-yard run with 10 seconds left in the first quarter. Following a 42-yard field goal by New Mexico’s Jason Sanders, Hunt hit paydirt again from 65 yards out – a career-long run – making it 14-3 with 1:44 remaining in the opening half.
Utah State’s defense put the exclamation point on the victory when David Woodward recovered a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to give the visitors a 24-3 lead with 8:56 to go in the game. It was the fifth defensive score of the season and sixth non-offensive TD.
Woodward ended his day with a career-high five tackles.
Utah State will have its lone bye of the season next weekend before welcoming Hawai’i to the friendly confines of Maverik Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18.
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