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Football: Lobo garners MW Player of the Week honors, the third for the team in 2016

New Mexico football collected another conference weekly accolade — the team’s third in the past six weeks. Junior kicker Jason Sanders took home Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, after having also been recognized after the season opener. Sanders kept the Lobos within striking distance after the team fell behind 14-0 early in last weekend’s game at Utah State, and the eventual go-ahead score came off his leg.

Redshirt junior quarterback Lamar Jordan breaks past a Nevada University defenseman Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will attempt their sixth straight season win this Saturday when they play Colorado State.

Football: Lobos eye bowl game, sixth consecutive win

New Mexico and Colorado State will square off for the final time at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on Saturday as the schools play for history, a potential bowl bid and the continued pursuit of a division title. A release said the 262nd game in the history of the stadium, which opened in 1968, will be its last as the Rams expect to open their new facility next season. Head coach Bob Davie said the game will mark another week against a team that has given New Mexico problems in the past, and provide an opportunity to show that they have improved.

New Mexico Head Coach celebrates bowl eligiblity after defeating the Nevada Wolfpack 35-26 at Branch Field at University Stadium early Sunday morning

Football: Lobos win fifth consecutive game after coming back on the road

New Mexico football grinded out its fifth straight win in Logan, Utah on Saturday night, in a game featuring an action-packed fourth quarter that saw some big decisions lead to even bigger consequences. The last three series probably provided enough excitement to last head coach Bob Davie a lifetime. He praised his kicker for making a big field goal to lift the team to what he called a terrific win.

Wide Reciever Emmanuel Harris (15) celebrates a 2nd half touchdown with Oatrick Reed (5) against the Nevada Wolfpack at Branch Field at University Stadium early Sunday morning

Football: Lobos look to make it five straight against Utah State

“If you were in that stadium at 1:10 a.m. on 11/5/16, my email is You send me an email, send me your home address, give me a little story as to why you thought it was important that you stayed — and I will definitely commemorate the occasion.” Head coach Bob Davie is normally not one to dwell on the past, and is typically steadfast in his stance that it isn’t his place to coach fans or tell them what to do. But he took the time to reflect and deliver the above statement to start Tuesday’s press conference to show his appreciation for the Lobo fans that stayed throughout the entirety of Saturday’s affair, when the Lobos eventually beat Nevada after a lengthy rain delay to become bowl-eligible once again.

The Setonian

Football: Lobo punter named Special Teams Player of the Week in Mountain West

The New Mexico football team had to wait until 1:10 a.m. Sunday to grind out a 35-26 win over Nevada, but the team’s punter had been waiting the entire season to earn an important accolade. The Mountain West named junior Corey Bojorquez as the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week, after he averaged 52.8 yards on four punts in Saturday’s game. Nevada’s return game was essentially eliminated. Three punts weren’t returned, and Bojorquez unleashed a 66-yard bomb to pin the Wolf Pack at their own 4-yard line when the team sold out to block a punt in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

The Setonian

Football: Lobos eligible to go bowling for second straight year

“These guys’ goal is to play Sunday football, right? Well, those college kids — they got to do it.” Head coach Bob Davie had that to say after New Mexico football (6-3, 4-1 MW) played into the wee hours of Sunday morning after a lightning delay to snare a 35-26 victory over Nevada (3-6, 1-4 MW) at University Stadium. Davie said it seemed like the first half was “yesterday,” due to the time he made the comment. The late start time resulted in the first half ending near 10 p.m., as the teams played to a 14-14 draw.


Football: Lobos beat Nevada for first 4-game win streak since 2004

It was going to take more than a little rain and lightning to stop the Lobos from achieving the win that would make them bowl-eligible for the second year in a row. New Mexico took a 35-26 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday night. Or, more accurately, Sunday morning, as the team began heading back into the locker room at 1:10 a.m. With the victory, the Lobos are now 6-3 overall, 4-1 in Mountain West Conference play. They are also on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 2004. New Mexico is tied for second place in the conference with Boise State, just one game behind the first place team, Wyoming.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley dives into the Lobos end zone to score a touchdown against ULM Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will host Nevada this Saturday at 8:15 p.m..

Football: Lobos look to even the score against Nevada

New Mexico football has an opportunity to earn bowl eligibility for the second year in a row as it hosts Nevada at University Stadium on Saturday night. The Lobos (5-3, 3-1 MW) hope to avenge a 35-17 loss that the Wolfpack (3-5, 1-3 MW) dealt them last season, one that head coach Bob Davie said is still etched in his memory. The team is riding a three-game winning streak after outlasting Hawaii 28-21 on Saturday, but the head coach said he isn’t even considering looking at the scope and impact of what four in a row could mean for the program. “What happened last year in Reno, Nevada was personal — they whipped us,” Davie said. “Nothing matters other than playing this game this week.”

Sophomore safety Steven Steele looks downfield as he prepares to lead the Lobos out of the tunnel at University Stadium Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The Lobos play against Hawaii University this Saturday.

Football: Lobos look for first 3-game win streak in almost a decade

New Mexico football has a chance to do something Saturday in Hawaii that it hasn’t achieved in nearly 10 years — win three consecutive regular season games. The last time the Lobos won three in a row was the 2007 season, under head coach Rocky Long. The team actually accomplished the feat twice that season, en route to a 9-4 record. That’s not to say this team hasn’t experienced some recent success. The Lobos won seven games last season and had the Mountain division title in its reach until almost the very end. This season, New Mexico (4-3, 2-1 MW) is back over .500 and will showcase its best-in-the-nation rushing attack in the 10:00 p.m. (MT) road game against Hawaii (4-4, 3-1). The Lobos have won the last six meetings between the schools, including a 28-27 victory last season.

Senior wide receiver Dameon Gamblin, 2, celebrates with teammates after scoring in the Lobo end zone at University Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Football: Lobos pull together for rout over LMU

The Lobo football team finally got solid play — and scores — in all three phases of the game as the team recorded eight touchdowns from eight different players en route to a 59-17 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at University Stadium. Junior cornerback Jadon Boatright, who has logged limited minutes this season due to a turf toe injury, proved he is back as healthy as ever, and made an immediate impact in the game on defense.

Senior running back Teriyon Gipson, left, celebrates during the Lobos' game against Louisiana-Monroe at University Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The Lobos defeated LMU 59-17. 

Football: All three teams contribute to scoring in romp

Those who worried about New Mexico football stumbling in a “trap” game didn’t need to do so. The Lobos scored on their first offensive — and defensive — possessions and never looked back in a Saturday night win against Louisiana-Monroe. The defense hadn’t created a turnover since game four of the season against San Jose State, an Austin Ocasio interception return for touchdown in a 48-41 win.

Junior running back Daryl Chestnut prepares to be tackled by Boise State defensemen during UNM's game on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will host ULM this Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Football: Lobos aim to drive their record above .500

New Mexico football looks to get back over .500 for the first time since it won the home opener — and win back-to-back games for the first time this season — when it takes on Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday New Mexico (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) will host the Warhawks(2-4, 1-2 Sun Belt) at University Stadium, in a non-conference match nestled between eight Mountain West contests. The outcome could have big implications as the Lobos try to take another step toward becoming bowl-eligible, while also trying to avoid looking ahead to the next opponent.

The Setonian

Football: Big day on kick returns gives UNM freshman Player of the Week honors

In his first game taking the reins on kickoff returns, UNM freshman Elijah Lilly put up more return yardage in one game than anyone else has for the season. And it didn’t go unnoticed, as his performance has garnered him Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors. New Mexico outlasted Air Force 45-40 on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in large part due to timely kickoff returns by Lilly that set up vital scoring drives for the Lobos.

Redshirt sophomore Tyrone Owens returns the ball to the referee after running in a touchdown against Boise State on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos upset the Air Force Falcons on Saturday night with a 45-40 victory.

Football: Defense ups its game to secure the win

New Mexico (3-3, 2-1 MW) got back to the .500 mark by staving off a late comeback from Air Force (4-2, 1-2 MW) Saturday in a Texas shootout at the Cotton Bowl, escaping with a 45-40 victory. It’s hard to praise a defense that surrendered 40 points to an opponent, but the Lobos managed to clamp down when it mattered. UNM’s defense got burned again by some big plays, but came up huge in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Redshirt sophomore running back Tyrone Owens lands back in the end zone after jumping up and celebrating the Lobos’ first touchdown against Boise State on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will play their third conference game against Air Force this Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

Football: Lobos prep for contest against Air Force

New Mexico football looks to get back in the win column as the nation’s number one rushing attack meets the top-ranked rushing defense at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on Saturday. The Lobos (2-3, 1-1 Mountain West) have the best running game in college football, touting a healthy 354 yards per game. But something has to give, as Air Force (4-1, 1-1 Mountain West) has only allowed 80.2 yards per game on the ground, also tops in the country. Both teams rely heavily on the option, and are proficient in both running and stopping the run. But the game might actually come down to which team makes the most of its opportunities in the passing game.

Senior cornerback Isaiah Brown reaches out to intercept a pass from a Boise State player on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at University Stadium.  

Football: Lobos show improvement, but not enough to win

New Mexico’s goal of winning a division title took a serious hit Friday night, as the Lobos lost its first conference game after getting dominated 49-21 by No. 19 Boise State. The Lobos looked like they might be able to hang around early in the game, playing to a 7-7 tie after the first couple of series, but then Boise State started to assert itself. Both teams were somewhat one-dimensional, but the Broncos could not be stopped in the passing game, while the Lobos were never able to challenge despite strong numbers in the run game. New Mexico played the game without Teriyon Gipson, who suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s 48-41 victory over San José State.

Redshirt senior safety Daniel Henry kneels after a failed interception attempt against Boise State on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at University Stadium. 

Football: Boise State exacts revenge on Lobos

Boise State avenged last season’s loss by thumping New Mexico 49-21 Friday night as its quarterback heated up for 368 yards and five touchdown tosses — in the first half alone. UNM head coach Bob Davie said No. 19 Boise State is a handful for anyone to try to slow down. The quarterback-receiver tandem created problems and the Lobos, unable to match their torrid pace, played from behind almost the entire game.

Redshirt junior running back Romell Jordan finds a gap in Hawai'i University's defensive line on Oct. 17, 2015 at University Stadium.

Football: “There’s a lot that you don’t see because they don’t become public."

Junior running back Romell Jordan was lost due to a knee injury before the football season even began; last week he experienced the toughest loss one could imagine. Jordan was seen entering University Stadium toward the end of Thursday’s practice just days after he reportedly found out his mother died. As practice concluded, teammates and coaches embraced the running back, and seemed to be consoling him and offering words of encouragement.

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