New Mexico vs. Hawaii Game Preview: Keys For A Lobos Win
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WEEK 10: New Mexico Lobos (0-1) vs. Hawaii Warriors (1-1)
WHEN: Saturday, November 7 — 6:00 p.m. HT/9:00 p.m. MT
WHERE: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, HI
TV: Spectrum Pay-Per-View
STREAMING: For fans on the mainland, the game can be streamed using the Team1Sports application, which is available for download on Android and Apple devices and over-the-top platforms like Roku and Amazon Fire. Please note that the game will not be available on desktops or laptops.
RADIO: The Hawaii broadcast can be found on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Honolulu, 1420 AM and 92.7 FM. The New Mexico broadcast can be found on the Lobo Radio Network’s affiliates, including flagship 770 AM (KKOB) in Albuquerque.
SERIES RECORD: Hawaii leads the series 15-10. In the last meeting on October 26, 2019, the Warriors defeated the Lobos, 45-31, in Albuquerque.
LAST WEEK: Hawaii lost on the road to Wyoming, 31-7. New Mexico lost on the road to San Jose State, 38-21.
ODDS (as of 11/5, via Vegas Insider): Hawaii -16
SP+ PROJECTION: Hawaii by 13.8 (79% win probability)
FEI PROJECTION: Hawaii by 12.6
The New Mexico Lobos head to the Hawaiian Islands to take on the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday night. The game will take place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu with kickoff at 6 p.m. in Honolulu, and 9 p.m. in New Mexico.
After a tough loss against the Spartan on the road last Saturday, the Lobos are looking to bounce back for their first win for new head Lobo Coach Danny Gonzales.
The Lobos have jumped through so many hoops this year to play, actually looked very good for a team with no real hitting since last March.
Because of Covid-19 surges in New Mexico, the Lobos traveled the Las Vegas this week and are practicing at Sam Boyd Stadium in Nevada, about 8 hours driving time away from Albuquerque.
If you talk to head coach Lobo coach talk about that 38-21 loss to San Jose State, the Lobos looked pretty bad, especially on defense, giving up 579 total yards.
“It’s been a long time since I got my tail whooped that bad on defense,” he said.
Spartans QB Nick Starkel took this secondary to the woodshed completing 34 passe for 467 yards, 5 TD’s, and no interceptions.
A large percentage of those yards were big plays where the Spartans torched the Lobo secondary, allowing seven passing plays of 20-plus yards. There is no doubt that Spartan QB took advantage of an inexperienced and injury Lobo Secondary.
All three were out for the first game against the Spartans, limiting bit passing plays for Long’s defense.
Derek Warehime’s (Offense Coordinator) offense looked very competitive for a team with no live hits since spring and had a few big plays with the Lobos over 443 total yards!
It’s obvious that under senior quarterbackTevaka Tuioti will be a big asset for this Lobo offense and should thrive as a leader that the Lobos will need this year. He is a threat as not only a solid passer but as a runner as well!
He was 20-35, 294 passing yards, 69 yards rushing, 2 TDs, and 1 interception. What makes him a perfect player for the Lobos is his arm strength, very decisive, and has good speed for quarterback.
Running back, Bryson Carroll had second with 4 rushes for 66 yards. OC Warehime said that the Lobos must improve on their run game.
Coach Gonzales was very pleased to see his Senior QB show leadership moving the chains for the Lobos, mostly in the air.
“Tevaka brought toughness and was willing to stay in bounds and hit some people. He showed tremendous leadership on the field and on the sidelines, and that’s what we need,” said Gonzales.
The Lobos looked surprisingly good for two and half quarters. Both teams had 23 first downs, and the Spartan’s time of possession was pretty close at 28:26, the Lobos with 31:34.