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Football: Byrd remembered

New Mexico safety Markel Byrd’s talents will be missed on the football field, but his memory remains a prominent force in the college football community. After redshirting during the 2013 season out of high school, Byrd quickly became an integral part of the New Mexico secondary early in the 2014-2015 campaign. It wasn’t until this past season, Byrd’s redshirt sophomore year where he became a playmaker for the squad, and a major reason New Mexico garnered a bowl appearance.

UNM's head football coach Bob Davie walks out onto Branch Field. Davie has agreed to a two-year extension with UNM that will last through 2021.

Football: Bob Davie signs contract extension through 2021

New Mexico has taken notice of Bob Davie’s winning football season and bowl appearance, the first since 2007, and has locked up the head coach through 2021. Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs announced on Monday morning that Davie signed a two-year extension with UNM, the second extension during his tenure as a Lobo.

Arizona red shirt junior wide receiver Cayleb Jones breaks through Lobo's Isaiah Brown at University Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Wild Cats beat the Lobos 45-37 in the 10th Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Football: High-profile plays assist Arizona in victory over New Mexico

Trickery, fourth down conversions, and big-time plays fueled Arizona in a highly emotional 45-37 win over UNM in the 10th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday night. Having appeared in four straight bowl games at the helm of the Arizona football program, Rich Wright is no stranger to what it takes to win a bowl game. The head coach said he knew New Mexico was going to try to throw some new looks and some trick plays at his squad before the opening whistle sounded.

University of Arizona's Will Parks(left) laughs alongside head coach Rich Rodriguez at Friday mornings Gildan New Mexico Bowl luncheon. At the luncheon Rodriguez spoke about his plan to defend the Lobo's triple option.

Football: Wildcats must be able to contain Lobo triple-option at New Mexico Bowl

The Arizona Wildcats know exactly what will be coming at them defensively during the 10th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl tomorrow afternoon. However, New Mexico’s triple option has proven to be difficult to contain for the entirety of a 60 minute ballgame. It takes just one mistake, one missed tackle, one missed assignment, and a Lobo may be prancing downfield toward the pylons.

Redshirt junior safety Ryan Santos celebrates after stopping Air Force at University Stadium Nov. 29. UNM will play in the New Mexico Bowl for the first time since 2007. 

Football: Lobos to play in New Mexico Bowl

Head coach Bob Davie won’t be a fan at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl this year. After weeks of speculation, it was officially announced on Sunday that New Mexico will participate in the New Mexico Bowl for the first time since 2007. UNM will face Arizona from the PAC-12 in University Stadium on Dec. 19. 

The Setonian

Football: Four Lobos honored by Mountain West

Even with a winning season and a bowl bid secured, only four New Mexico players earned All-Mountain West honors, tying for the lowest total in the conference.  Wide receiver Carlos Wiggins had the highest award by being named to Second Team All-Mountain West. Linebacker Dakota Cox, defensive lineman Nik D’Avanzo and offensive lineman Eden Mahina were all honorable mentions.

Redshirt senior running back Jhurell Pressley raises his hand to cheering fans after a 75 yard scoring run at University Stadium Saturday night. Pressley scored three touchdowns with 170 yards rushed to help aid the Lobos 47-35 victory over Air Force.

Football: Pressley comes up big in finale

Jhurell Pressley said he saw just one thing on his two early touchdown runs against Air Force Saturday night. “Green grass,” he said. “Green grass.” Well, technically, it’s field turf. But when Pressley rattles off two early TD runs of 50-plus yards, it’s still grass to him.

Sophomore running back Richard McQuarley runs into the end zone at University Stadium Saturday night. The Lobos beat Air Force 47-35 in their last season game. 

Football: UNM earns first winning season since 2007

New Mexico secured its first winning season in almost a decade on Saturday at University Stadium. Several big plays and three key turnovers propelled UNM to a 47-35 upset over Mountain Division champion Air Force. The Lobos finish the regular season 7-5 (5-3 Mountain West) and will play in their first bowl game since 2007.

Red Shirt Sophomore quarterback Lamar Jordan drives through CSU's defense at University Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Lobos lost against CSU 28-21. 

Football: Davie sticks with Jordan down the stretch

The weight of New Mexico’s Mountain West title dreams rested on the shoulder pads of redshirt sophomore quarterback Lamar Jordan late in Saturday’s 28-21 loss to Colorado State. It was fourth down and 5 on the CSU 49, and UNM trailed by seven as Jordan dropped back to pass, running the Lobos’ two-minute offense. The scrambling New Mexico signal caller stepped up in the pocket and took off toward the first down sticks on the left side of the gridiron, easily picking up the first down and stopping the clock in the process.

Senior cornerback Cranston Jones tries to bring down CSU's Rashard Higgins at University Stadium Saturday night. The Lobos lost to the Rams 28-21 and lost their chance to make it to the Mountain West Championships. 

Football: Lobos can't stop Rams offense

New Mexico’s defense still doesn’t have an answer for Colorado State. For the third straight year, the Rams' offense overwhelmed the Lobos in a 28-21 loss at University Stadium Saturday in front of 21,642 fans. CSU racked up 485 total yards of offense, didn’t punt once, and all but one of the Rams' drives ended in UNM territory.

The Setonian

Football: Lobos eye spot in MW Championship game

New Mexico has higher aspirations after earning its first bowl berth in nearly a decade. The Lobos next goal is a simple one: reach the Mountain West Championship game. That goal is well within reach for UNM after upsetting Utah State and Boise State in back-to-back weeks. UNM needs just two more home wins in order to earn a spot in the conference title match.

Lobo fans cheer as UNM plays Hawaii University at University Stadium on Oct. 17. Vice President of UNM Athletics Paul Krebs wrote a letter to Lobo fans encouraging them to attend the last two home games.

Football: Team calls on fans to fill the stands

It’s no secret that attendance at New Mexico football games has been lackluster. In recent memory, the Lobos haven’t given fans much reason to show up to University Stadium. Not until this season, at least. With the Lobos two wins away from earning a spot in the Mountain West Championship game, UNM Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs wrote an open letter to fans imploring them to attend the final two home games of the season.

The Lobos celebrate moments before the end of their game against Hawaii University at University Stadium Oct. 17. The Lobos beat Boise State 31-24 this Saturday making them eligible for a bowl game and two victories away from entering the Mountain West Championships. 

Football: Lobos stun Boise State, gain bowl eligibility

It’s not often that teams take group pictures after a win. However, New Mexico hasn’t had many victories like the one Saturday night in Boise, Idaho. UNM pulled one of the biggest upsets in program history by defeating heavily favored Boise State 31-24. The victory means the Lobos are bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007.

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