New Mexico vs. Colorado State 2012 final score: Rams escape with 24-20 victory

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

The Colorado State Rams survived a frantic finish on Saturday night against New Mexico.

Colorado State survived a frantic finish on Saturday night to end the 2012 season on a high note, holding off the New Mexico Lobos, 24-20.

The Rams led 17-7 after the first quarter yet allowed New Mexico back in the game with struggles on offense and defense in the second half. New Mexico quarterback B. R. Holbrook led the Lobos on a 97-yard touchdown drive to take the lead, 20-17, with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.

Colorado State received the ball and marched down the field in the final minute, as quarterback Conner Smith connected with Joe Hansley for 30 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. It was the first substantial drive of the second half for the Rams offense, who were 2-of-10 on third downs overall in the game.

The Rams finish the season 4-8, 3-5 in the MWC, and were 3-2 in the final five games of the season after losing six straight.

Box Score Hero: Colorado State quarterback Conner Smith led the game-winning touchdown drive after a frustrating second half, going 19-of-26 for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the game.

But Did They Cover? Colorado barely covered the 3.5-point spread.

For More On This Game: For more on CSU football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection and SB Nation Denver.

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