A 53-yard field goal from Jason Sanders with time expiring and an impressive outing for the New Mexico defense allowed the Lobos to secure a close win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 16-13.

Playing without starting quarterback Lamar Jordan, who is still injured following a vicious hit last Thursday at Boise State, and without backup Tevaka Tuioti, meant that the man running New Mexico’s offense was third-stringer Coltin Gerhart.

The Lobos started out strong in the first half and wasted no time putting points on the board. They drove 79 yards down the field and Gerhart capped it off with a 19-yard touchdown run. The defense came out and showed that they were ready to play immediately and forced a turnover on downs.

The New Mexico Lobos Men’s Soccer Team played to their first draw of the season on Friday night against the South Carolina Gamecocks, as the game finished 2-2 after double overtime failed to produce a winner for either team. The result: the Lobos have a 4-3-1 record, and an 0-1-1 record in conference play, which was a bit of a let down for Lobos head coach Jeremy Fishbein.

"I have mixed feelings about this one," Fishbein said in a release. "I thought it was a game we should have handled. That being said, we allowed two goals, but we showed a lot of mental fortitude to rebound and equalize in both situations.

During the first half, neither team was able to break through with a goal. South Carolina came out of the gates strong, forcing two saves from Jason Beaulieu. The Lobos countered with their own opportunities on goal starting in the 29th minute, but the first half was characterized by strong defenses and the two veteran goalkeepers.

Unless overtime is involved, most football games are decided in four quarters. The Lobos have 12 regular season games on the schedule, and with a quarter of those already in the books, it seems like a good opportunity to take a closer look at things some may have missed along the way.

Abilene Christian

New Mexico won its season opener 38-14 over Abilene Christian, but many people may not realize it was the first loss dealt to first-year Wildcat head coach Adam Dorrel in quite a while. Dorrel was the previous head coach at Northwest Missouri State, a team he guided to back-to-back undefeated NCAA Division II Championship seasons in 2015 and 2016.

The University of New Mexico Men’s Soccer Team (4-3-0) will travel to South Carolina on Friday to take on the Gamecocks in the first road game of the Conference-USA slate.

South Carolina is coming off of a 1-0 win over No. 13 Furman last Tuesday, handing Furman their first loss of the season. The Gamecocks are 3-3-0 and 0-2 in conference play, losing to both Marshall on the road and in overtime to FAU. They also lead the C-USA in home attendance and play their matches at a stadium unofficially known as the Graveyard, something Lobos coach Jeremy Fishbein mentioned in his press conference.

“(It’s an) incredible soccer environment there: their stadium, their fans, it’s going to be fun,” Fishbein said. “We’re ready.”

Football: New Mexico likely to have hands full as it heads to Tulsa

The Lobo football might still be looking for an identity, especially on offense, as the team will prepare for perhaps its toughest test this season thus far.

New Mexico (1-2, 0-1 MW) suffered a 28-14 loss to Boise State last Thursday and lost starting quarterback Lamar Jordan in the process. But the Broncos were short-handed as well, playing without their quarterback, Brett Rypien.

The Lobos shut down the Broncos running attack for the most part, but head coach Bob Davie said the running attack of Tulsa will look quite different from what the Lobos saw against Boise State.

NM State Fair gives professional cowboys chance to flaunt their skills

Professional rodeo bareback rider Tim O’Connell wants to be the best ever.

“I think I’m an adrenaline junkie," O'Connell said on why he participates in rodeo competitions. "Every time I get on, it’s for a world title, every horse that I get on is another opportunity to get another gold buckle. My goal in rodeo is to be a six-time world champion.”

O’Connell is the defending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Bareback Riding Champion 2017. A native Iowan, 25-year-old O’Connell’s PRCA career earnings are a reported $771,272, according to the PRCA website.

O’Connell said he’s been bareback riding since he was 18, and riding professionally since 2013. He said his whole family is involved in rodeo. O’Connell placed 2nd in Bareback Riding at the 2017 New Mexico State Fair Rodeo with earnings of $3,513.

Men’s Soccer: Kentucky ends Lobos’ undefeated streak at home

The Lobos were on a four-match win streak before they faced Kentucky on Saturday in Albuquerque. But dominating possession, overall shots, shots on target, corner kick and other key areas of the match still weren’t enough to avoid the loss by a goal against the Wildcats.

The Lobos played their first match of the 2017 Conference-USA schedule on Saturday, which also marked the second straight season that UNM has opened conference play against Kentucky.

Starting in their usual 4-4-2 formation, UNM senior Sam Gleadle and freshman Alex Vedamanikam led the attack for the Lobos.

Women’s Soccer: Hix scores twice as Lobos ease past Lumberjacks

In their first seven games of the season, including the exhibition match with CSU-Pueblo, UNM scored a combined seven goals. And in their last two games, they equaled that tally.

The Lobos (5-3) beat the University of Houston (4-3-1) on Friday night in a fixture that saw both teams generate numerous opportunities. In previous games, the Lobos struggled to convert their opportunities. The Lobos were not only more clinical against Houston and NAU on Sunday afternoon — they were more ruthless.

The first ten minutes of the game saw both sides create a few half-chances, but UNM snatched the momentum in the 27th minute when junior midfielder Jennifer Muñoz side-volleyed into the left corner of the goal from a UNM long throw-in.

Football: Week 3 analysis on Lobos 28-14 loss at Boise State

New Mexico football had some good things show up in the box score — more yardage, more first down, winning the time of possession battle — but lost the game and its starting quarterback on the way to a 28-14 loss.

The Lobos fell behind 7-0 after an early turnover and, although they briefly tied the game in the second quarter, it felt like UNM was playing catch-up for the rest of the game following the opening drive.

Head coach Bob Davie has repeatedly said how small the margin for error is for most teams, including the Lobos, to win football games. And being on the wrong end of some key plays may have been the difference on Thursday, especially after UNM lost its starting quarterback just before the half.

Here is how the offense, defense and special teams fared in week three.

Women's Volleyball: UNM Beats Youngstown, Tennessee Tech, but falls to Toledo Rockets

The University of New Mexico's volleyball team has consistently won two out of every three tournament games every week for the past month. That trend continued at the Blue/Gold Invitational in Toledo, Ohio where the Lobos beat Youngstown State and Tennessee Tech but dropped a match to the Toledo Rockets, putting their record at 8-4 for the regular season.

UNM started strong in the morning game at the Blue/Gold Invitational against Youngstown State University — a team they faced and beat just two weeks earlier — at the Glory Road Invitation in El Paso, Texas. The results were virtually identical, with UNM posting a three-set sweep against the Penguins 25-21, 25-19 and 25-18 in the Savage Arena.

On offense, Mariessa Carrasco led with 10 putaways, followed by Lauren Twitty with nine kills. Victoria Spragg knocked in eight more kills, while Yasmin Tan and Ashley Kelsey each contributed six. Hailey Rubino, who had lead the team to victory two weeks earlier, was out due to injury, so Kelsey, who usually plays Libero, stepped forward into a front row role.

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