Mesa State racked up 408 offensive yards and Caleb Pavy kicked four field goals as the Mavericks defeated New Mexico Highlands in a battle of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.
The Mavericks (1-2, 1-1) won 40-6. Highlands (0-4, 0-2) amassed 256 pass yards but threw four interceptions.
The Cowboys got their only score on defense. That was when Kenny Shanahan intercepted the ball from Jason Haferman and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown that made it 26-6 with 7:47 left in the game.
But a few minutes later, the Mavs returned the favor, returning a Cowboy fumble 90 yards for a TD.
Raton’s Robbie Armijo and Clovis’ Jordan Mendoza shared time at quarterback for Highlands; Armijo went eight of 21 for 123 yards with two interceptions, and Mendoza was six of 19 for 133 yards and two interceptions. Kevon Williams caught seven passes for 150 yards. Brandon Torres ran the ball 11 times for 49 yards.
Tony Udley and Anthony Yarbrough had seven stops each.