ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico tied a school and Mountain West Conference record for rushing touchdowns with eight Saturday in a season-opening 66-0 win over Mississippi Valley State.
And the oft-maligned Lobos defense chucked its first shutout since beating Wyoming 24-0 in 2008 and never allowed the Delta Devils to cross midfield.
New Mexico, which allowed more than 500 yards of total offense a game last season, gave up just 74 yards to the Delta Devils. They didn't get past their own 40 in the first half and Mississippi Valley's deepest penetration came on its final possession when it reached their own 42.
Lobos quarterback Lamar Jordan completed all seven of his passes for 103 yards and added 62 rushing yards and the game's first touchdown.
Thomas Stokes Jr. led the Delta Devils with 40 yards on 13 carries, but overall they finished with 26 rushing yards on 40 carries.