The University of New Mexico Athletics Department is one step closer to signing a multi-million dollar media-rights deal, months after Athletics Director Eddie Nunez went public with the deal in Sept.

Nunez said during an Oct 15. Board of Regents meeting that he expects the deal to be done by December. 

In the meantime, Nunez told the regents that until the new contract with Outfront Media was signed, "bridge contracts" have been allowing the company to handle UNM's media, such as the golobos website. 

The contract with the previous company, Learfield, was worth $4,456,500, according to the Athletics department. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the department was expecting the new contract to be worth around $3.5 million.  

Outfront also represents Louisiana State University (Nuñez’s previous employer), University of Maryland, Wichita State University, the University of Virginia, along with five other university sports programs

The Colorado State Rams football team took full advantage of the University of New Mexico’s mistakes in their Friday night matchup, ending the game 35-21 Rams. 

The game kicked off with CSU pushing through New Mexico’s defense and putting in the first touchdown by tight end Trey McBride after a 42-yard pass from Rams quarterback Patrick O’Brien. 

Leading the Lobos 7-0, the game stayed neutral for Colorado until the 10-minute mark when the Letayve Beaton of New Mexico forced a fumble. It was recovered by Lobo safety Brandon Burton. The recovery gave UNM the opportunity to catch up to CSU but the team came up short and were forced to kick the ball away on the fourth down.

The University of New Mexico football team (2-3) lost Friday night’s game against the San Jose State Spartans (3-2) with a final score of 32-21.

San Jose State senior quarterback Josh Love was the game's leading passer, throwing for 405 yards and two touchdowns on 24 completions. Lobos senior quarterback Sheriron Jones was the game's leading rusher, totaling a career high of 104 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.

The game opened with Love completing a pass to wide receiver Tre Walker for 39 yards down to the UNM 48-yard line. San Jose moved the ball down the field until UNM defensive lineman Erin Austin strip sacked Love, resulting in a fumble recovered by senior cornerback De’John Rodgers. Picking up the fumble gave UNM the chance to run ten plays for 26 yards, setting kicker Andrew Shelley up for a 29-yard field goal attempt that Shelley missed — his first failed field goal attempt of the season.

The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team beat the University of Nevada with a score of 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 4 in a lopsided game that improves UNM’s Mountain West Conference standing.

The match between canid mascots began with the Lady Lobos maintaining constant pressure on the Wolfpack’s defense. Early shots by Jessie Hix and Alesia Garcia were stopped by leaping saves from Nevada keeper Kendal Stovall.

In the 13th minute, a New Mexico pass was managed into the box without any Nevada defenders nearby and Lobo midfielder Maysa Walters was able to smash it past Stovall for a 1-0 Lobos lead.

United draws, sneaks into playoff picture

New Mexico United managed a draw against Rio Grande Valley, putting them inside the top 10 and back into playoff contention. If United’s opening season were to end today, they would make the playoffs as a tenth seed.

Before United took the pitch, the team sat just outside the bubble of playoff teams. They came in with a tie against league leader Phoenix Rising and a loss to Reno 1886. Still, United found itself in a good position going to the final TK-stretch of it’s opening season, in control of  its own destiny.

In front of a crowd announced at 11,196, United struggled to find their offensive footing against the RGV team with no chance of making the playoffs. United managed to control the match possessing the ball for almost two-thirds of the game, taking 13 shots on the goal and eight from inside the box.

None of that was enough to put forth a dominant effort, something United needed to make an impact on the field

UNM Volleyball kicks off conference play with two losses

Kicking off their Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament, the University of New Mexico volleyball team played and loss to both Colorado State and the University of Wyoming this past week, putting New Mexico at a 5-9 record. 

Thursday, Sept. 26, the Lobos played three sets against Colorado State in their MWC opener game. CSU won the sets with the scores being 13-25 in the first, 11-25 in the second and 15-25 in the third. Even with the loss, Lobo outside hitters Lauren Twitty and Tai Bierra both lead the team with five kills each. Bierra also had the teams only two service aces through the game. 

The Lobos were outnumbered in kills, assists and blocks during the three sets that —16 kills versus CSU’s 39, 4 blocks verses 15 and 15 assists against 38.

QB Tuioti reflects on loss of grandfather, looks ahead

The University of New Mexico's clash against in-state rivals New Mexico State University was an edge-of-your-seat kind of game for the 2019 football season. With the game being so close (55-52), it came down to how much fighting spirit the Lobos brought to the field.

"After the game, it was about my grandfather,"  Quarterback and third-year player Tevaka Tuioti said in an interview with the Daily Lobo. "His family service was coming up on Sunday with a burial Monday morning." 

Tuioti was essential to UNM’s success over the Aggies, throwing for 355 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. After the win against NMSU, Tuioti gave brief remarks in the postgame press conference. He wasn’t on his way to celebrate the Lobos' victory with his teammates — he had a flight to California to catch.

Lobos lose at Liberty

The University of New Mexico Lobos football team (2-2) lost 17-10 to Liberty University (3-2) on Saturday evening during an away game in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The loss dropped UNM to a 2-2 record and dashed hopes of a 3-1 start for New Mexico, which would’ve been the first in 12 years. Instead, the Lobos start the season with same 2-2 record they’ve started with for the last five seasons.

The game in Lynchburg was UNM head coach Bob Davie’s first back on the sideline since being hospitalized following UNM’s season opening win against Sam Houston State.

Lobos claim shootout victory in 110th Battle of the Rio Grande

In a latest iteration of a 110-year running football rivalry, the University of New Mexico Lobos (2-1) defeated the New Mexico State University Aggies (0-4) 55-52 on Saturday afternoon at Dreamstyle Stadium in a tough competition that offered back and forth touchdowns from beginning to end.

UNM head coach Bob Davie took a step down for his second game in a row due to medical concerns from earlier in the season. Run game coordinator Saga Tuitele stepped in as acting head coach and said that the victory was for Davie and his family during the postgame press conference.

UNM women's volleyball to begin conference play at CSU

The Mountain West women's volleyball conference tournament begins on Sept. 26 starting with a match up between San José State University and San Diego State University and concludes on Nov. 23 with San José facing off against the University of Wyoming.

This tournament is comprised of eleven teams in the Mountain West conference. Each of the eleven teams will play a series of games to ultimately determine who will be the Mountain West Champion based on their conference play.

The University of New Mexico women's volleyball team will officially begin their Mountain West tournament games against Colorado State University (CSU) this coming Thursday, Sept. 26. The matchup will prove to be a tough task for the Lobo team: Colorado State is the top ranked team in the Mountain West with an overall record of 9-1 and has been on an eight game winning streak, only losing a combined total of five sets in their first ten games.

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