During the postgame handshake, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter and New Mexico coach Bob Davie had an apparently heated exchange of words on national TV.
Neither coach was forthcoming with details.
DeRuyter called it a "differences of opinions." Davie said he was wishing DeRuyter and the Bulldogs luck throughout Mountain West play.
THE BEE'S GAME BALLS
Marteze Waller: Fresno State junior running back rushed for 163 yards on 19 carries and added 25 receiving yards on two catches.
Karl Mickelsen: Senior inside (Mike) linebacker led the Bulldogs with 12 tackles, including one for a loss and eight solo stops.
Aaron Peck: Fresno State junior receiver had six catches for 83 yards, including 32- and 25-yard gains that set up touchdowns.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Third quarter, 4:05 to play: Up 24-21, New Mexico had picked off a Brian Burrell pass that was tipped at the line and took possession at the Fresno State 27 with a chance to go up two scores. But Fresno State held, with strong safety Charles Washington making a huge tackle on Lobos quarterback Lamar Jordan on fourth-and-1 at the 18. Fresno State went on to score to take a 28-24 lead.
NUMBERS OF THE GAME
7: Yards per snap in the first quarter for Fresno State. And, still ...
5: Consecutive games the Bulldogs have been shut out in the first quarter.
228: Rushing yards in the first half for New Mexico -- 59 more than it had in a full game last season.
13: First downs for New Mexico in the first half -- three more than it had in a full game last season.
57: Rushing yards in the second half for New Mexico.
5: First downs for New Mexico in the second half.
5: Touchdown drives of 75 or more yards for the Bulldogs.
97: Passing yards for New Mexico, fewest allowed by Fresno State since 63 to Air Force in 2012.
4: Third-down conversions for the Lobos in 13 tries (30.8%). Fresno State had allowed 43.3% coming into the game.
1: Explosive play of 20 or more yards allowed by the Bulldogs in the second half.
7 p.m. Friday vs. San Diego State: The Aztecs come to Bulldog Stadium for the programs' 54th meeting, a matchup that could go a long way toward deciding the Mountain West Conference's West Division. Former Bulldogs star and Oakland Raiders rookie Derek Carr will serve as an honorary captain and Fresno State will wear special navy blue uniforms with chrome helmets for the game dubbed "Night in Navy."
Fresno State junior Charles Washington was moved back to safety with the Bulldogs facing a run-oriented offense. Washington began the season at safety but started at cornerback the past two games to address the Bulldogs' issues with deep balls.
As a result of the switch, Malcolm Washington got into the starting lineup at cornerback for his first career start -- he's the first true freshman to start on defense during coach Tim DeRuyter's two-plus seasons.
Receiver Aaron Peck and kicker Colin McGuire have also started as true freshmen during DeRuyter's watch.
Malcolm Washington made a good play during one New Mexico downfield attempt late in the second quarter, sealing off the Lobos receiver from making a play.
Fresno State was held scoreless again in the first quarter after getting stopped twice inside the New Mexico 35 with a lost fumble and a stop on fourth-and-1. For the season, the Bulldogs have been outscored 55-2 in the opening quarter.
Still, the Bulldogs had their most productive opening quarter Friday in terms of yards, gaining 112. Their previous high was 107 against Southern Utah last week.
Fresno State linebacker Kyrie Wilson had seven tackles just in the first quarter alone. He finished with 10, including three solo.
With 5:36 left in the first half during Fresno State's fifth drive, New Mexico was flagged with two penalties on the same play for an illegal substitution and a sideline warning. The Lobos had 12 players -- as well as two coaches -- on the field when the ball was snapped while the Bulldogs ran their no-huddle offense.
Fresno State had six explosive pass plays of 20 or more yards -- the Bulldogs had 11 in their first four games combined -- and another that went for 19 yards.
Quarterback Brian Burrell had pass plays of 32 yards to Aaron Peck and Da'Mari Scott, of 28 yards to Josh Harper, 25 yards to Peck, a 23-yard touchdown to Harper and a 21-yard pass to Marteze Waller. The 19-yard yard play went to Harper, on a third-and-5.
Burrell was 5 of 8 for 64 yards throwing on third down, four going for first downs.
Fresno State rushed for 272 yards on 45 plays, a week after racking up 389 in the blowout victory against Southern Utah, for a total of 661 over the two games.
That is the most rushing yards for the Bulldogs in back-to-back games since rushing for 503 yards in a 70-14 victory over Hawaii and then 279 yards in a 54-17 victory over Nevada in 2004.