ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Ticker) -- Freshman Dontrell Moore matched a school record with five touchdowns and rushed for 176 yards and Casey Kelly threw four TDs as New Mexico rolled to a 49-20 victory over Wyoming in a Mountain West Conference matchup.
Moore ran for three scores and caught a pair of TD passes from Kelly as the Lobos (7-6, 5-2 MWC) secured just their second bowl invitation since 1961 and first since competing in the 1997 Insight.com Bowl.
New Mexico is expected to compete in either the San Francisco Bowl on December 31 or the Las Vegas Bowl on December 25.
Wyoming quarterback Casey Bramlett completed 15-of-24 passes for 203 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. But the New Mexico defense matched a school record by sacking Bramlett nine times as the Cowboys (2-10, 1-6) concluded their 2002 schedule with a four-game losing skid.
Billy Strother recorded three sacks as the Lobos registered nine for the third time in school history. New Mexico also accomplished the feat in the 2001 season opener against Texas-El Paso and in 1980 against Brigham Young. The junior linebacker also registered a team-high 12 tackles.
Moore ran for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to give New Mexico a 14-0 lead. His 35-yard TD dash with 2:51 remaining in the third capped Moore's scoring explosion and helped him set the Lobo freshman record for rushing yards in season with 1,117 - the third-best total by any New Mexico running back.
Safety Brandon Ratcliff recorded two of the Lobos' three interceptions, stalling Cowboy drives at the New Mexico 15 and with a pick in the end zone.