Three quarters of stagnant offense and a big night from New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers resulted in the New Mexico Lobos losing the Rio Grande Rivalry for the second year in a row. Things got off to a quick start in the game, as UNM’s Tyrone Owens fumbled on the second play from scrimmage. The Aggies recovered in Lobos territory and quickly capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown. However, things got sticky on the extra point as the Aggies fumbled the snap, and Jalin Burrell returned it 98 yards for the Lobos to notch two points.
Lobo nation set an oversized rendition of Aggie mascot Pistol Pete ablaze during a rally on Thursday night, and Aggie fans did the same to a Lobo figure—as has been the tradition for many years. Lobo and Aggie fans alike should be ready for a game that is likely to draw the biggest crowd at Dreamstyle Stadium on Saturday—at least during the regular season. New Mexico holds a 70-32-5 advantage in the all-time matchup, but things have been tightly contested as of late. The teams have split the last eight meetings and the three most recent games have been decided by single digits.
It might appear to some that the New Mexico football team waltzed through its season opener without much opposition, but things may not have been as easy as some might think. Here is a breakdown of how the Lobos performed in all three facets of the game. Offense: Last year, UNM running back Teriyon Gipson started the game by bursting through the line on a 75-yard sprint to the end zone on his first carry. But Lobo fans had to wait a bit longer for the run game to get going on Saturday, and expectations still may have fallen short.
“He looked dazed, and he just kind of went out of it. It was scary,” Matt Quarells said as he recounted what it was like when Lobo wide receiver Patrick Reed started to pass out while standing outside a restaurant. The two were close, roommates and teammates at the time, and thankfully Quarells was there to catch him. Charlotte Hope, Reed’s mother, said every parent wants their kids to have positive friends around them, and although Quarells has since transferred to Iowa, she couldn’t have asked for a better person to be at her son’s side.
The UNM Football program announced during the offseason that it is lowering season ticket prices by 10 percent across the board in an effort to bring more fans into Dreamstyle Stadium. In addition, the program has announced single-game promotions for the year — this started with last Saturday’s game against Abilene Christian. "We are constantly evaluating ways to get more fans to come enjoy Lobo football, and we have a product that we are very proud of," former Athletic Director Paul Krebs said in a release at the time of the announcement.
New Mexico football’s Jake Rothschiller earned the respect of his teammates, who named him to the leadership counsel and one of the team captains heading into the season. Now the Mountain West has recognized him for his accomplishments this week on the field. Rothschiller, a senior safety, may be smaller in stature at 5-8, 181 pounds, but played a big role in helping create separation between New Mexico and Abilene Christian on the way to a 38-14 victory in the season opener. He received Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors and seemed humbled to earn the distinction.
Abilene Christian hung with New Mexico for much of the game, but the Lobos eventually pulled away to win their season opener on Saturday night at Dreamstyle Stadium. Head coach Bob Davie said Abilene Christian had a nice scheme, and it took his team a while to adjust to it. “Obviously, (there are) a lot of things that we have to improve on, but we’re 1-0,” Davie said. UNM was clicking early, as senior quarterback Lamar Jordan froze an ACU defender with a hesitation and reeled off a 27-yard run. He appeared to be going in for the touchdown, but was taken down at the seven — the tackle proved to be big.
The New Mexico football team enter the 2017 campaign sporting the best two-year winning stretch in program history, and look to continue their winning ways at home. New Mexico will open up the season against Abilene Christian at the newly-dubbed Dreamstyle Stadium in the first ever meeting between the teams.
Things were looking promising after an impressive sophomore season in 2015, but a car accident changed wide receiver Delane Hart-Johnson's life. Hart-Johnson, now a redshirt junior, played in all 13 games for the Lobos during his sophomore season, starting three of them. The highlight of his season included reeling in a 92-yard touchdown catch in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Arizona. Though the Lobos lost the game, the catch was the longest in New Mexico Bowl history and was the second-longest in program history.
The 24th Annual Lobo Football Women’s Clinic is scheduled to begin on July 20 at Dreamstyle Stadium, giving women a firsthand look at the program. Head Coach Bob Davie seemed to be looking forward to hosting the upcoming clinic and generating some excitement, while also potentially picking up some new fans. “The Lobo Football Women’s Clinic has become a great tradition here at UNM,” he said in a release. "Every year we look forward to the opportunity to give the women of New Mexico an inside look of what Lobo football is all about."
Lobo football fans already had plenty of reason to be excited — coming off a nine-win season, earning a share of the division crown and capping things off with a victory in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The team showed a penchant for rattling off big plays and lighting up the scoreboard. At one point in the season, UNM running back Teriyon Gipson, as an individual, had as many plays of 50 yards or more as any other team in the nation. Now others are starting to take note of UNM’s potential and exciting style of play. Matt Brown of sportsonearth.com recently referred to the Lobos as “one of the most entertaining teams to watch” in college football, a release said.
The UNM football team had a special guest step on the field during Monday morning’s practice. “Chip” Kelly, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, is “charging the battery” and visiting teams across the nation to see what different programs are doing. He left University Stadium with a lot to say about head coach Bob Davie and the Lobos. “I’ve always wanted to get a chance to get down here and watch practice to see what they’re doing. I’m just really, really impressed with how he is running this program right now,” Kelly said.
The University of New Mexico announced Friday that season ticket prices for the upcoming football season will be reduced by 10 percent across the board. Head coach Bob Davie said he has appreciated the support from Lobo fans and feels everyone should focus on the people that show up to see the team play, instead of trying to figure out why there are more fans in the stands. But he said he would surely welcome more filled seats, and the University is making a targeted effort to boost attendance.
The New Mexico football program has put together two of its best seasons in program history, but another accusation of an alleged sexual assault has brought a different kind of attention — one that is “frustrating” and “disappointing.” KOB 4 reported that New Mexico football head coach Bob Davie confirmed that one of the players is currently under investigation. The report said Lt. Tim Stump of UNMPD confirmed a case involving an alleged sexual assault, but did not release the names of those involved.
Three Lobo football players used the words humble, blessed and exciting to describe the 2016 season—add perseverance to that list. New Mexico (9-4) capped the football season with a ninth win in the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, narrowly defeating Texas-San Antonio (6-7), 23-20. UTSA played a very disciplined game, filling the gaps on defense to force the run game outside and then showing good tackling ability. It forced Lobo junior Quarterback Lamar Jordan to make difficult decisions for much of the game regarding whether or not to make the pitch in the triple option. “It wasn’t our best offensive performance,” head coach Bob Davie said. “But I think UTSA obviously had a lot to do with that.”
The Lobos had their hands full in the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, battling tough conditions and an even tougher opponent in a quest to win their first bowl game since 2007. With temperatures in the 40’s and an unrelenting wind, most probably believed the weather would favor the run-oriented Lobos. New Mexico (9-4) features the nation’s top rushing attack, but Texas-San Antonio (6-7) outrushed the Lobos by the narrowest of margins, 224 yards to 223. The Lobos got all it could handle from the Roadrunners, but did just enough to grind out a 23-20 victory to capture UNM head coach Bob Davie's first career bowl win, who was previously 0-4 in his head coaching career.
The New Mexico football program has pulled a 180 since hiring a new head coach five seasons ago. But despite putting a winning product on the field, attendance has inexplicably continued a downward trend. Head coach Bob Davie has the team reaching new heights after he took over a program that appeared to be in shambles, winning just three games in as many seasons before he took the helm. New Mexico (8-4) has a chance to triple that amount this season alone if it is victorious over Texas-San Antonio (6-6) in Saturday’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Lobo football looks to put an exclamation point on one of the most successful seasons in program history with a win at the 11th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. New Mexico (8-4, 6-2 MW) stumbled out of the gate this season, losing leads in two of its first three games, resulting in an early 1-2 record. But the Lobos turned things around and found ways to win tightly contested games throughout the rest of the season. They earned bowl eligibility for the second straight year with several games remaining on the schedule.
For the second straight year, the New Mexico football earned a bowl berth — and for the second straight year it will play in its home stadium as a participant in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Head coach Bob Davie, in the press conference prior to the team’s final regular season game, said he’d actually prefer to play in the New Mexico Bowl if given the choice. “The thought of, if we’re bowl eligible, someone else playing in our stadium, someone else using our locker room...I just have a hard time seeing two teams playing in our stadium, when we can be one of them,” Davie said.
Lobo football ended its regular season with a 56-35 romp of Wyoming on Saturday, a victory that earned New Mexico a share of the Mountain Division title for the first time since 1997. The Lobos' 11 conference victories over their last two seasons is also a program record. What are your thoughts on the football team's improvement in recent years? Leave your comments below.