LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico used what coach Bob Davie called its biggest game of the year to get the biggest monkey off its back.
Kasey Carrier rushed for 129 yards and the Lobos snapped a 24-game road losing streak with a 27-14 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
New Mexico's previous road win also came in Las Cruces when they defeated New Mexico State 35-24 on Sept. 27, 2008. The four-year road skid had been the longest current FBS streak in the nation.
"I knew as soon as I became coach here this was our No. 1 rival," said Davie, in his first year with the program. "It's the biggest game of the year. I think it was probably February when I started putting 9/22/12 every time we met as a team. I got tired doing it. But there's no question we put a lot into this game emotionally.
"Bigger than that, I'm proud that the monkey's off these kids' back. We have 14 seniors that have played for three different head coaches. ... I'm just glad these seniors are able to leave this university having beaten their biggest rival because they've been through a lot."
Jhurell Pressley added two touchdowns and 71 yards rushing for New Mexico (2-2), which piled up 302 yards on the ground.
"This is what kind of team we have to be," Davie said of the ground-oriented attack backed by solid defense. "I'm really proud of this team, to come in here after games on the road at Texas and Texas Tech and we're beat up. ... Just the physical nature of the way they played this game is something I think we can build on."