- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Teriyon Gipson scored on the first play from scrimmage and New Mexico continued to pile up yards and points against South Dakota in a 48-21 victory on Thursday night.

Gipson finished with 181 yards on 10 carries and had touchdown runs of 84 and 75 yards on his first two touches. The second TD tied it at 14-all and started the Lobos (1-0) on a 31-point scoring binge over the next two quarters.

“Offensively we’re explosive,” New Mexico coach Bob Davie said. “We have some speed. I think with Austin Apodaca in there, it adds a certain element.”

South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler finished with 131 rushing yards including scoring runs of 55 and 42 yards.

New Mexico benefited from three takeaways, which led to 17 points.

The Lobos, however, had issues controlling the line of scrimmage, defensively allowing South Dakota (0-1) to find running room and extend drives - including a fourth-down conversion deep in its own end.

That was particularly evident in the first quarter when the Coyotes scored two touchdowns, including a 10-play, 90-yard drive to go up 14-7.

“They had a hard time stopping us,” Davie said. “But they’re very young on defense. We’re very young on offense. I think this was a pretty good start because this was a pretty good test. Now the key is to get better.”

THE TAKEAWAY

NEW MEXICO: Entering the game, Davie insisted quarterbacks Apodaca and Lamar Jordan would both see time, but Apodaca may have cemented his position with a performance that included career highs in yardage (172), completions (12) and touchdowns (2). Apodaca said he appreciated the chance to stay on the field as Jordan did not play.

“Just to get into a rhythm is nice, I think for any quarterback,” Apodaca said. “I think any player would say that when you get in a rhythm, you get more and more comfortable as the game goes on. The biggest thing is to get comfortable, get in rhythm and go through your reads the whole game.”

SOUTH DAKOTA: The Coyotes have a reputation as a defensive unit, but it gave up 615 yards of total yardage. Offensively, however, South Dakota displayed a penchant for the big play, scoring three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.

“From the offensive standpoint, we showed some flashes that we can build on and hopefully be a much better offensive team next week,” Coyotes coach Bob Nielson said. “At the same time, it was disappointing defensively. We felt like we could have played better. They had those big plays and that’s a credit to their scheme and at times we didn’t tackle very well.”

UP NEXT

NEW MEXICO: The Lobos head south to meet in-state rival New Mexico State, a team they have beaten four consecutive times.

SOUTH DAKOTA: The Coyotes host Weber State for the second meeting between the schools. The 1970 game ended in a 21-all tie.

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