Can New Mexico’s Offense Keep It Going After Scoring 55 vs. New Mexico State?
UNM Lobos-NMSU Aggies Wild West Shootout in Albuquerque
Lobos looking to take the next step.
Well if you a fan of high scoring offense and very little defense, this Rio Grande Rivalry game at DreamStyle Stadium in Albuquerque Saturday was the game for you!
This annual game between New Mexico and New Mexico State two teams will go down as the second highest-scoring game in the Rio Grande Rivalry series history with over 107 combined points scored.
The Lobos and Aggies had a combined total in yards of 1087 and over 12 touchdowns scored. Lots of offense and big plays, just not much defense from both teams.
Interestingly enough as high as the combined yards were, the first scored happened on a defensive play interception when Jerrick Reed II just 39 seconds into the game.
It was 43-yard interception return for Reed II after Aggies wideout Tony Nicholson fell down with the pass in the air put UNM on the scoreboard early in the game.
Tevaka Tuioti, in his first start of the season, showed why he was the starter against Wisconsin last year and picked up where he left off before getting hurt. He had a career-high 355 yards passing and three touchdown passes in front of an announced crowd of 27,269.
He showed a lot of leadership and poise leading the Lobo offense not only passing the ball but knowing when to pull the read-option to run for big plays at the right time. Tuioti’s performance should cement him as the starter going forward.
NMSU Aggie quarterback Josh Adkins alos put up big numbers against the Lobo defense. He led the Aggies with 335 yards passing with three touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns.
Finally, UNM got a taste of the big play potential Joe Dailey’s offense, and why Coach Bob Davie hired him in the first place.
With the right personal, a balanced quarterback who can both read the option, know when to give on the dive, run the ball or throw to speedy athletic receivers, big things are in store of the offense.