On Friday, Nov. 26, the University of New Mexico football squad was defeated 35-10 by Utah State University at University Stadium in the final game of their sad season. The loss sends UNM into the offseason riding a four-game losing streak, while the team finished 1-6 in conference play and 3-9 overall. UNM was forced to start Bryson Carroll at quarterback, though he has previously played mainly as a running back. Running back Aaron Dumas and wide receiver Luke Wysong did not play; both Dumas and Wysong are freshmen who head coach Danny Gonzales pulled out in order to save them for offseason work.
Over 14,000 people witnessed the Lobos football team’s devastating 31-17 loss to the previously winless University of Nevada, Las Vegas at University Stadium on Nov. 6. The Rebels’ win ended their 14-game losing streak, which had just become the longest in the nation earlier that day, and handed the Lobos their biggest setback of the season. Led once again by quarterback Isaiah Chavez, starting in place of the still-injured Terry Wilson, the Lobos went 91 yards on 10 plays and scored a touchdown on a one-yard reception by wide receiver Trace Bruckler at the start of the game. Up 0-7, UNM forced a punt by UNLV on their opening possession and looked to extend their lead.
The University of New Mexico football team lost to Colorado State University 7-36 at University Stadium on Saturday, Oct 16, which is their second-biggest loss of the season. UNM has now lost their last five games, including all three conference games that they have played so far, making their record 2-5. The victory for CSU happened against a Lobos squad without Terry Wilson, who didn’t play in the contest due to a dislocated elbow, according to head coach Danny Gonzales. Freshman quarterback C.J. Montes took Wilson’s place; prior to Saturday’s game, Montes had only played briefly in the loss against San Diego State University on Oct. 9, attempting one pass and rushing for -1 yards.
The University of New Mexico football team will return home this weekend after two road losses against Texas A&M University on Sept. 18 and the University of Texas at El Paso on Sept. 25. These losses put UNM at 2-2 as they prepare to enter conference play against the United States Air Force Academy on Oct. 2. Texas A&M is the only team ranked in The Associated Press’ top 25 that UNM was scheduled to play, and it was expected to be a hard game for the Lobos. In the game, Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada threw for three touchdowns and 275 yards, and Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller ran the ball 117 yards.
The University of New Mexico football team beat their in-state rivals, the New Mexico State University Aggies, 34-23 in front of a strong crowd of 28,470 fans at University Stadium on Saturday. This is the first time UNM has won their first two games of a season since 2005. UNM got off to a quick start, opening the game with a 3 play, 64-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 4-yard rush from running back Bobby Cole. The only score NMSU was able to manage as a response in the first quarter was a 43-yard field goal from kicker Ethan Albertson before the Lobos got another touchdown from a Terry Wilson Jr. 15-yard pass to tight end Connor Witthoft.
On Sept. 11, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University — home to the two major football programs in New Mexico and respective rivals — will face off for the first time since 2019. The UNM-NMSU rivalry has been competitive recently, as UNM has been holding a 6-4 record against NMSU since the 2010-11 season. The last game these two teams played took place back in 2019, and ended in a 55-52 final score in favor of the Lobos for former head coach Bob Davie’s final win with the program.
On Thursday, the University of New Mexico football team kicked off their 2021-22 season with a 27-17 win over NCAA Division I Championship subdivision opponent Houston Baptist University. After a 642-day gap for the Lobos playing at University Stadium, a large crowd welcomed their players back. Early on in the game, the Lobos dominated the Huskies as quarterback Terry Wilson passed for two touchdowns — one to tight end Kyle Jarvis and another to wide receiver Trace Bruckler — while the defense held Houston Baptist to zero points. Momentum swung to the Huskies in the second quarter after a 44-yard punt return by wide receiver Tyson Thompson and a 44-yard field goal by kicker Gino Garcia.
Terry Wilson, a senior from Oklahoma City and a transfer from the University of Kentucky football program, won a spirited battle to become the starting quarterback for the UNM football program. As a high school player for Del City, Wilson was ranked as a three-star recruit and the 40th-best player in the class of 2018 by 247Sports. At Kentucky, Wilson recorded a number of milestones for a program not known for having great football teams; he is the only quarterback in school history to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards, and is one of three Wildcat quarterbacks to get 20 career touchdowns.
UNM football will begin their 2021-22 season on Thursday, Sept. 4 against Houston Baptist University, an NCAA Division I Football Championship subdivision opponent, at University Stadium. It comes after a tough 2020 campaign, which saw the Lobos go 2-5 during a season that was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also saw the team end the program's 14-game losing streak. Houston Baptist, who went 1-3 last season and averaged 33.75 points per game, will give UNM football a tough first game. Moving forward, things won’t get any easier.
WASHINGTON D.C. — On June 14, Democrat Melanie Stansbury, former representative for the 28th District for the New Mexico House of Representatives, was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives to represent New Mexicans in the state’s 1st Congressional District. In the ceremony, Stansbury was sworn in by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Stansbury then gave a speech on the house floor, where she was flanked by New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, as well as Washington Senator Maria Cantwell.