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Redshirt junior linebacker Kenya Donaldson celebrates before the Lobos’ 28-27 victory against Hawaii University at University Stadium on Oct. 17. The Lobos are a mere three wins away from going to the Mountain West Championship game.

Football: Lobos still in MW Title game chase

However unlikely it seemed at the beginning of the season, New Mexico is just three wins away from earning a spot in the Mountain West Championship game. All UNM has to do is win its remaining three games of the season against Boise State, Colorado State and Air Force – the latter two are at home – to secure a spot. The Broncos are 30-point favorites over the Lobos when the teams match up this Saturday in Boise, Idaho.

Utah State’s Braelon Roberts (88) watches as the Lobo defense chases a fumble at University Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Lobos beat the Aggies 14-13.

Football: Lobos channel good fortune to overcome Utah State

Sometimes it takes more than skill to garner a victory. New Mexico’s defense kept UNM in Saturday’s game against Utah State, but Head Coach Bob Davie said the Lobos were due for some good fortune during the squad’s 14-13 victory. The game was by no means a fluke, Davie said. But if it weren’t for some favorable bounces, a missed field goal and timely penalties, things could have been different for New Mexico late in the contest.

Senior linebacker Ryan Langford takes down Utah State running back Devante Mays at University Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Lobos defense helped New Mexico to a 14-13 victory over the Aggies. 

Football: UNM's defense shores up offensive shortcomings

New Mexico’s defense has finally reached its potential. After weeks of inconsistent play, the Lobos’ defense shut down Utah State in a 14-13 win at University Stadium on Saturday. UNM made several big plays and held USU to just 294 total yards of offense. USU had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but kicker Brock Warren missed a 41-yard field goal to give UNM (5-4, 3-2 Mountain West) the win.

Redshirt senior running back Jhurell Pressley runs through Hawaii’s defense at University Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Lobos lost to San Jose State 21-31 on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Football: Apodaca hit-and-miss in first start at QB

After weeks of internal debate, head coach Bob Davie finally decided to start quarterback Austin Apodaca. The move worked out early as New Mexico took a 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter against San Jose State after a 4-yard score by tailback Diquon Woodhouse. However, UNM’s lead didn’t last long, as SJSU outscored the Lobos 24-7 for the rest of the game, resulting in a 31-21 loss in San Jose, California on Saturday.

The Lobos stand up from the bench and root as their defense holds down the University of Hawaii while the clock runs out at University Stadium Oct. 17, 2015. UNM turned the game around with a couple of minutes to spare and beat out Hawaii 28-27. 

Football: Lobos rally to beat Hawaii 28-27

Quarterback Austin Apodaca proved he’s ready for any situation. After sitting on the bench the entire game, Apodaca was inserted to construct an 80-yard drive with just 2:14 left in the game and trailing Hawaii 27-21. The Lobos had the opportunity to win the game after Hawaii missed a short field goal attempt that would have sealed the victory. Apodaca came through when he hit wide receiver Dameon Gamblin for a 28-yard touchdown off a double-move for a 28-27 win over Hawaii at University Stadium on Saturday. The quarterback finished the drive 6 of 10 for 70 yards.

UNM's defensive line holds back junior running back Steven Lakalaka at University Stadium Oct.17, 2015. The Lobos beat the Rainbow Warriors 28-27. 

Football: Strong second-half defense secures Lobos' victory

For the second consecutive home game, New Mexico’s defense stepped up in the second half, eventually earning the team a late victory. Head coach Bob Davie said the game was a lot like the New Mexico State game on Oct. 3, where the Lobos didn’t come out with enough fire in the first 30 minutes of play.

Quarterback Lamar Jordan pushed back a NMSU defensman Oct. 3 at University Stadium. The Lobos lost to Nevada 17-35 this past Saturday and play the University of Hawaii Oct. 17.

Football: Lobos let game slip away

New Mexico had its fair share of chances at Nevada. However, the Lobos weren’t able to take advantage of those opportunities in a 35-17 loss to the Wolf Pack in Reno, Nevada on Saturday. The missed opportunity that ended any chance of a Lobo comeback came when wide receiver Dameon Gamblin fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line as he was fighting for a touchdown. Nevada recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback, making the score 28-17 going into the fourth quarter.

Lobo running back Richard McQuarley dives into the end zone during their game against NMSU Saturday Oct. 3, 2015. UNM beat out NMSU 38-29 and play Oct. 10 in Reno.

Football: Lobos look for third straight win

It’s time for New Mexico to see if it can handle the rest of the Mountain West. The Lobos are already 1-0 in the conference after winning 38-28 at Wyoming two weeks ago. UNM heads into the rest of the Mountain West slate with a two-game winning streak, something it hasn’t done in a single season since 2012.

NMSU's Larry Rose III gets taken down by UNM's defensive line during their game Saturday Nov. 3, 2015. New Mexico's defense held Rose III to just 26 rushing yards in the second half.

Football: Lobo defense shuts down Aggies

After a shaky start, New Mexico’s defense shut down NMSU in the second half, propelling the Lobos to a 38-29 victory. Larry Rose III was on pace for a career night. The Aggies running back showcased his big play ability in the first half on three separate touchdown runs of over 50 yards. “I have to give the credit to the O-line up front: All I had to do was run straight,” Rose III said. “They opened holes up, and I just ran. I give all the credit to them. The first half was fun, it was amazing.

Lobo wide reciever Delane Hart-Johnson (left) and running back Richard McQuarley celebrate moments after McQuarley dove into the end zone Saturday Nov. 3, 2015. The Lobos pulled ahead of the aggies in the fourth quarter, eventually winning 38-29.

Football: Lobos rally for 38-29 win

It didn’t look promising for New Mexico at the start of the second half. The Lobos were trailing in-state rival New Mexico State 26-14, and wide receiver Carlos Wiggins fumbled the opening kickoff, giving the Aggies prime field position. However, UNM rallied and dominated the second half against NMSU, outscoring the Aggies 24-3 for a 38-29 victory at University Stadium, the team's fourth-straight win in the Rio Grande Rivalry.

Steven Romero, #97, along with the rest of the Lobos charges out of the tunnel behind a New Mexico state flag during the opening of their game against Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Lobos will play the Aggies this Saturday at University Stadium.

Football: Rio Grande Rivalry resumes this Saturday

Winning streaks have been few and far between for New Mexico football. The Lobos (2-2) have won a maximum of just two games in a row twice since head coach Bob Davie took over the program in 2012. UNM will have a chance to add a third two-game winning streak this Saturday when it hosts in-state rival New Mexico State at University Stadium.

Author Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, a UNM alumnus, discusses his book “King Maker” at Bookworks on Saturday, Sept. 26. Goodloe’s book offers a look into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s partnership with athletes and entertainers.

Lobo alumnus champions social change

Leadership, poise, charisma and a positive attitude are all desirable traits when recruiting a student-athlete. Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe brought these traits to the University of New Mexico football field along with a calling to facilitate change in the community. Goodloe, a product of South Central Los Angeles, said he chose to attend UNM in the early 1990s for several of reasons: he would get to see playing time right away for a struggling program, he would get to experience a new culture with plenty of sunshine, and he would get a fresh start to tackle issues dear to him.

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Football: New Mexico finds its offensive footing

It didn’t take long for New Mexico to find its offensive identity on Saturday. UNM established its run game early, making several big plays on the way to a 38-28 win at Wyoming. It’s the first time that the Lobos won their Mountain West conference opener since 2005. The Lobos (2-2, 1-0 MW) had no problem running the ball against the Cowboys. UNM rushed 47 times for 302 yards, for an average of 6.4 yards per carry, including touchdown runs of 56 and 43 yards.

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