New Mexico Really Needed A Win vs. Colorado State
Lobos season took a turn vs. the Rams
What is next for New Mexico?
Well Friday night in Albuquerque, was a beautiful night for a college football game as far as weather, the cool crisp air of fall at DreamStyle Stadium.
The New Mexico Lobos and Colorado State Rams seriously needed a win in this Mountain West matchup, especially at this particular time of year in the season.
Lobo coach Bob Davie and Rams Mike Bobo are under tremendous pressure from their local fan base to turn the programs around to start winning games. Both teams this year have turned the ball over, had sloppy play, and mental mistakes just had issues in form or another, hence their win-loss records.
Colorado State came into the game leading the nations in turnovers, and the Lobos have given up more passing yards than any FBS team in the NCAA.
So basically, it was one of those games that the team that made the fewest mistakes, executed on both sides of the ball would inevitably win the football game.
The Rams ended up fumbling two times in UNM territory, one on a Lobo goal line that was called a touchback and ending up dropping a 50-yard pass play into New Mexico territory.
The Lobos had their share of mental mistakes in play, as well. New Mexico running back Bryson Carroll accidentally dropped the ball at the 1-yard line, thinking he had already crossed the goal line on a 56-yard scamper later in the frame.
Because neither team fell on the ball, UNM retained the possession at the 1-yard line, and Kentrail Moran punched it in the end zone for the touchdown. Because Andrew Shelley hit the upright on the point-after try, the score was 7-6.
Since no Ram was in the area to recover the fumble, the ball stayed with the Lobos. UNM’s Kentrail Moran punched it in on the next play to pull the Lobos within one after dodging a major bullet.
The Rams did enough to defeat the Lobos 35-21 and Colorado State is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West play, and the Lobos who now have lost three straight are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
CSU picked up its 10th consecutive win over the Lobos and first FBS victory this season by a score of 35-21.
The Rams with over 420 passing yards and 131 rushing yards, 38 attempts. So total offense for them would be 551 yards, 72 attempts.
The Lobos would finish the game with 89 passing yards and 256 rushing yards, 49 attempts and total offense 345 yards with 66 attempts.
Junior WR Warren Jackson had a career night & Nebraska transfer QB, Patrick O’Brien, as well. O’Brien with a career-best 420 yards and three touchdowns on 25-34 passing attempts.
The Lobos secondary had huge matchup problems with Jackson, who finished with nine receptions for 214 yards & true freshman wide receiver Dante Wright with 169 total yards.
Carroll was a big positive for the Lobos with a career-best and rushed for 193 yards, the 15th-best rushing total in New Mexico history. He is extremely explosive running back for UNM, and once in the secondary is hard for defensive backs to catch.
So it was a game of the bottom dwellers in the MWC conference with the Rams getting the badly needed victory. It won’t get any easier for both teams as stronger teams await them now.
But CSU gets the victory going into a bye week and then to face 2-2 Fresno State two weeks from Saturday.
The Lobos have a tough road trip heading into Laramie Wyoming to face the Cowboys who are smarting from a tough loss to Rocky Long’s San Diego State.