Nov. 13, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Buck Pierce threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as New Mexico State defeated Florida Atlantic 35-7 on Saturday.
Pierce was 16-of-28 for 225 yards as New Mexico State (5-5, 4-2 Sun Belt) won its third straight game. Muammar Ali and Justine Buries also had rushing touchdowns for the Aggies.
After starting the season 5-0, the Owls (6-3) have lost three of their past four games. Jared Allen and Danny Embick combined for only 118 yards passing for Florida Atlantic, with Allen going 8-of-17 for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Owls turned the ball over four times.
In the third quarter, the Aggies' Greg Scaffidi recovered a fumble on the Florida Atlantic 18-yard line. Eight plays later, Muammar Ali scored on a 1-yard run. A successful two-point conversion gave New Mexico State a 28-0 lead.
Aaron Sanchez scored the Owls only touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard pass from Allen.
New Mexico State opened a 20-0 lead in the second quarter, when Pierce scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown after a Dominique Jacobs interception of Embick gave the Aggies the ball at the Florida Atlantic 4-yard-line.
Pierce hit Paul Dombrowski for a 51-yard touchdown pass and found Andrew Mooney on an 8-yard scoring toss to give New Mexico State a 14-0 lead.