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Redshirt senior safety Lee Crosby grabs a San Jose State player on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will face off with Boise State this Friday at 7 p.m.

Football: Team aims to repeat history against Boise State

Last season New Mexico stunned Boise State by dealing the Broncos a rare home loss on its distinctive blue turf; now Boise State will be looking to exact revenge when the teams square off Friday at University Stadium. The Lobos were 30.5 point underdogs, but never trailed in last year’s upset, a 31-24 triumph that arguably became head coach Bob Davie’s signature win during his tenure at New Mexico.

Wide receiver Patrick Reed, 5, and running back Tyrone Owens celebrate in the Lobo end zone after a touchdown Saturday Nov. 1, 2016. The Lobos defeated San Jose State 48-41.

Football: Defense continues giving up big plays

New Mexico blew an early 21 point first-half lead in its last game against Rutgers. On Saturday, another 21 point lead was evaporating quickly, and Lobo fans had to buckle up for a bumpy ride. UNM’s defense tightened up in the second half as it has all season, allowing only 28 yards and zero points in the quarter. An interception returned for a touchdown by Austin Ocasio put the Lobos up 41-20, and the game seemed to be well in hand.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley dodges a line of South Dakota University defensemen on his way to the Lobo end zone on  Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will compete against San Jose State this Saturday to begin Mountain West play.

Football: Defense looks to create turnovers in Homecoming game

New Mexico head coach Bob Davie said the young season has seemed to have had a lot of starts and stops, but things are about to ratchet up with nine straight weeks of football on the slate. The Lobos have put in a lot of practice for three games that were unconventionally spaced out from each other. The season opener was on Sept. 1, but the team has played only two games since after to last week’s bye.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley pushes himself into the Lobos end zone to score a touch down Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 at University Stadium.

Football: Lobo mom beams with pride for her son

New Mexico junior running back Richard McQuarley has been consistent in the running game so far, but he got to do something for the first time earlier this season — play in front of his mother as a Lobo. Head coach Bob Davie said the season opener was special for the running back, because his mother, Sharon McQuarley, flew in from Mississippi to make the game.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley dives into the Lobo end zone during the team’s game against South Dakota on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at University Stadium.

Football: Lobos struggle with identity while closing games

New Mexico’s goal for the week was clear — “don’t let New Mexico State beat us twice.” But the Lobos seemed to repeat many of the same mistakes, which contributed to another loss. Costly turnovers on offense and allowing big plays on defense have hurt the Lobos the past two games, but a bigger issue may have affected the outcome Saturday.

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Football: Lobos drop to sub-.500 in 2016 after leading by 21

For the second time in as many weeks, the Lobos lost the lead and control of the game by giving up big plays and making costly turnovers, this time en route to a 37-28 loss at Rutgers on Saturday. UNM Head coach Bob Davie said he felt in control, for the most part, in terms of game plan and strategy. After giving up the lead, the Lobos (1-2) fought back to have chances at the end.

New evidence has surfaced suggesting possible misconduct on the part of UNMPD in the 2014 investigation of two football players and a third man charged with raping a fellow student.

New evidence suggests UNMPD misconduct in 2014 case involving former UNM football players

New evidence has surfaced that suggests possible misconduct during the UNMPD investigation into a 2014 case alleging that two former UNM football players and a third man raped a fellow student. George Anthony Bleus is the attorney currently representing former CNM student Ryan Ruff and former UNM students and Lobo football players Crusoe Gongbay and SaQwan Edwards in a lawsuit against the University, alleging the investigation was mishandled. “The only way this (information) came out is because someone forgot to hit the stop button on the recording,” Bleus said.

Senior running back Teriyon Gipson reaches out for a pass on Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Lobos will play their third game of the season against Rutgers University this Saturday in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Football: Team loses key players to injuries after NMSU loss

New Mexico (1-1) suffered a heartbreaking loss to New Mexico State on Saturday, but it also lost some key players due to injury that could make things even tougher as the season continues. Head coach Bob Davie said arguably the team’s best defensive and offensive players will not be making the trip to New Jersey to do with battle Rutgers (1-1) on Saturday.

Markel Byrd’s 22 sits painted into the field at University Stadium. Byrd, a former UNM football player, passed away from a motor vehicle accident in late 2015.

Fall Sports Issue: Byrd's life inspires fellow Lobos

The touchback on kickoffs was moved from the 20 to the 25-yard line in college football for this season, but something else was recently unveiled between those points on Branch Field at University Stadium. Numbers usually appear in 10-yard increments on a football field, but in its home opener against South Dakota, the Lobos honored one of its fallen teammates by placing the number 22 at the corresponding yard lines. Markel Byrd, former Lobos safety, wore number 22 during his tenure at New Mexico. He had just ended his sophomore season, in which he helped the team earn its first bowl appearance since 2007.

NMSU senior quarterback Tyler Rogers looks for an open player as Lobos chase him down Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Aggies had a slow start in the Rio Grande Rivalry, but finished on top 32-31.

Fall Sports Issue: NMSU narrowly takes the Rio Grande Rivalry

New Mexico State started slow in both halves of the game, but relied on strong finishes to earn its first win over New Mexico since 2011. Early in the contest, the Lobos offense was rolling and the defense tightening up anytime the Aggies got near the red zone, forcing NMSU to settle for field goals.

Senior line backer Dakota Cox hits the turf as NMSU players celebrate around him Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Lobos lost to the Aggies for the first time since 2011 by a score of 32-31.  

Football: NMSU steals the win from UNM in fourth quarter

Last season, New Mexico State controlled the first half before blowing a lead in the second. On Saturday night at Aggie Memorial Stadium, New Mexico State returned the favor en route to a 32-21 loss in the Rio Grande Rivalry. It’s the first time NMSU has beaten UNM since 2011. The Lobos controlled the action for most of the game, but the Aggies made big plays on offense, defense, and special teams to scrap its way back and score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley evades a mob of South Dakota players on his way to the Lobo end zone on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos will face off against the New Mexico State Aggies Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Football: UNM prepares to continue recent stretch of Rio Grande Rivalry dominance

The Lobos (1-0) and Aggies (0-1) will meet for the 107th time Saturday as the teams square off in a rivalry that goes back longer than New Mexico has been a state. Head coach Bob Davie’s mantra for the season opener was that the Lobos “just had to be the best team in the stadium that night.” He said the upcoming game is a big one since it is a rivalry game, but that the focus remains on improving with each matchup, no matter who the opponent. One game does not necessarily have any bearing on the next.

Junior wide receiver Chris Davis, Jr. runs the ball downfield Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos’ special teams played a pivotal role in their 48-21 victory.

Football: Special teams lead UNM to victory

After trailing early in Thursday’s season opener at University Stadium, New Mexico hit its stride after making some big plays in all three phases of the game. The Lobos registered plenty of explosive plays on both sides of the ball, but it was a pair of big plays on special teams that seemed to shift the game’s momentum.

Junior running back Richard McQuarley, 3, finds a line through South Dakota's defense Thursday September 1, 2016 at University Stadium. The Lobos set the pace for their 2016 season with a 48-21 win over the Coyotes in their season opener. 

Football: Lobos rout South Dakota after slow start

For a few short minutes it looked like New Mexico might be in trouble against South Dakota. Trailing 14-7 in the middle of the first quarter, UNM let a couple of mistakes – a fumble and a missed tackle – allow USD (0-1) to gain an upper hand. That score didn’t last long as the Lobos went on to score the next 28 points, taking control of a game that would end up being a 48-21 win Thursday night at University Stadium.

The Lobos will kick off their 2016 campaign on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at University Stadium against the South Dakota Coyotes. The game will serve as a point of reference for head coach Bob Davie to decide which players deserve more playing time at the start of the season.

Football: Starting QB kept secret for opening kickoff

Bob Davie knows who will take the first snap for the Lobos in its season opener Thursday, but fans and the opposing team will not find out until kickoff. The New Mexico head coach declined to name a starter in Monday’s press conference, but did say that both Lamar Jordan and Austin Apodaca would see time on the field.

Redshirt senior quarterback Austin Apodaca celebrates in the end zone after running in a touch down against Arizona University Saturday December 19, 2016 at University Stadium. Apodaca is one of two quarterbacks the Lobos will utilize this season. 

Football: Dual quarterback system not problematic for Davie

When a team sits one quarterback down, it is usually thanks to an injury or because he was benched for poor play. However, instances of two-quarterback play may have occurred more often than one might think—especially in recent history. As recently as last season, defending champion Ohio State entered the season with a similar conundrum.

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