LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Andrew McDonald threw for two TD's as New Mexico State avoided the FBS-Independent cellar by beating Idaho 24-16 on Saturday.
Idaho and New Mexico State-both trying to avoid the cellar position of FBS Independent schools-held nothing back in the first half trading passing TDs and field goals and Idaho (1-11) led 13-10 going in to the break.
McDonald tossed a 7-yard TD to Austin Franklin and Adam Shapiro ran for another Aggie TD in the fourth quarter giving New Mexico State (2-10) an advantage Idaho could not overcome. In fact, the Vandals scored only three points in the second half. Idaho launched a final drive with two minutes left that ended with three incomplete passes from inside the New Mexico red zone.