ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Colorado State defensive lineman Nordly Capi set a Football Bowl Subdivision record with four forced fumbles, including one in the closing seconds, to help the Rams hold off New Mexico 14-10 in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
With New Mexico at the Rams 15 with 23 seconds left, Capi stripped quarterback Tarean Austin and then fell on the ball to thwart the Lobos’ last chance.
“That last play, I just got off the edge,” Capi said. “I saw that quarterback, he was holding the ball a little bit, and I just did what my coaches taught. I hit it, and it got kicked around, and I just fell on it. … Everybody gave their all on that last play.”
Colorado State forced five fumbles, recovering three, including one at its 1-yard line.
Chris Nwoke’s 2-yard touchdown run with 7:17 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Rams ahead to stay.
Austin finished with 105 yards rushing while completing 20 of 31 passes for 179 yards.
Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas was 22-for-26 for 178 yards.
■ Air Force 37, South Dakota 20 — At Air Force Academy, Colo., Mikel Hunter scored on an 80-yard reverse on the game’s first snap and added a 55-yard touchdown reception help the Falcons beat the Coyotes.
Arizona was intent on not letting South Dakota, of the Great West Conference, stick around long enough to imagine another upset of a top-tier school like last year, when the Coyotes upset Minnesota 41-38 in Minneapolis.
Hunter put the Falcons on top 16 seconds into the game when he took a handoff from fellow wide receiver Jonathan Warzeka, raced around the left side and then scooted down the Air Force sideline to the end zone.
The Falcons rushed for 391 yards and four touchdowns in improving to 16-0 against schools from the Championship Subdivision.
■ Wyoming 35, Weber State 32 — At Laramie, Wyo., Brett Smith threw a touchdown pass to Robert Herron with 22 seconds left to lift the Cowboys past the Wildcats.
Smith threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns on 27-for-41 passing. The first pass attempt of his college career was intercepted by a defensive lineman when the ball slipped out of Smith’s hand. The turnover resulted in a Weber State touchdown.
After the Wildcats took a 32-28 lead late in the fourth quarter, Smith recovered and led a 13-play, 73-yard drive that he capped with a 9-yard TD pass.
■ San Diego State 49, Cal Poly 21 — At San Diego, Ryan Lindley threw four touchdowns as the Aztecs, in Rocky Long’s head coaching debut for program, routed the Mustangs.
Lindley, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 203 yards, became San Diego State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes when he teamed up with Colin Lockett for an 18-yard scoring strike late in the third quarter. The touchdown pass was the 71st of his career, surpassing Todd Santos, who had 70 from 1984 through 1987.
Dylan Denso caught two of Lindley’s TD passes in the second quarter to help the Aztecs build a 28-14 halftime lead.