These cardiac Cowboys just don’t know when to quit. After being behind by 4 points to open the fourth quarter, Fresno quickly opened the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown to make the score 28-17 half way through the fourth quarter. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown from Austyn Carta-Samuels to David Leonard to start the comeback. ACS converted the two point conversion with a strike to Greg Bolling to put them within three. Fresno State appeared they would not be denied a bowl victory for the second year in a row as they marched down the field on the Cowboy defense. Mitch Unrein responded with a stripped football on a FSU running back and came up with the recovery. After a review in the booth, the call was confirmed, as the RB was initially ruled down, and the Cowboys had the football. This next part, now being referred to as “The Drive” as the Cowboys then marched on a 19 play drive, converting three fourth down tries. One of those tries included punter Austin McCoy throwing a pass to David Leonard for a first down. Ian Watts then lined up for a 37 yard field goal and tied the game. The game is now in overtime tied at 28. In the first overtime the Bulldogs had the ball first and came away empty after being stopped by the Cowboy defense on four consecutive tries from the one yard line. Cowboys have the next possession of OT and Ian Watts shanked a field goal left of the uprights, we’re headed for OT #2. The Cowboys get the ball first and march on the Fresno defense. ACS lobbed a pass over the back shoulder of David Leonard who hauled it in for the touchdown, Cowboys up 35-28. The Bulldogs had their turn on offense next. The Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going as the Cowboys smothered the FSU WRs and forced Bulldog quarterback Ryan Colburn on the run, who on the final play of the came, coughed up the ball and sealed the Cowboys victory. Head coach Dave Christensen earned the bowl victory in his first season as Cowboys commander, and the teams first bowl victory since 2004 when they defeated UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Pokes finished the season at 7-6.
NEW MEXICO BOWL CHAMPIONS!!
by chris | Jan 11, 2010