UNM handled by Wyoming in a 42-3 loss

By: October 29, 2017 8:22 amViews: 36

The University of New Mexico football team lost by a score of 42-3 against Wyoming, dropping the Lobos to 6th place in the Mountain West Conference with a 3-5 record.

Wyoming’s Josh Allen had a field day in Laramie as he passed for four touchdowns and 234 yards. UNM’s quarterbacks, however, struggled. Lamar Jordan and Tevaka Tuioti combined for five interceptions. Both Lobo quarterbacks passed for less than 50 yards. For most of the game, UNM was scoreless. Their first points did not come until Jason Sanders kicked a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

This 39-point loss is UNM’s worst defeat of the season. Prior to Saturday night, their worst loss was at Fresno State in a 38-0 shutout. Wyoming built their lead early, putting the game out of reach as they went into halftime up 42-0.

The Lobos have not lost to Wyoming much in recent years. In fact, this is Wyoming’s first win against UNM since 2013. Most seniors on this UNM squad had never lost to the Cowboys, and many remember the thrashing they laid on Wyoming in a 56-35 last year in Albuquerque. Since Wyoming had only one more win than UNM going into the game, it seemed that a win would be quite feasible for the Lobos. Even odds-makers had UNM as a 1˝-point favorite. Unfortunately, Wyoming also had a clear memory of last year’s beating and got revenge during their homecoming.

UNM has now lost three consecutive games, including two by more than five touchdowns. The path to bowl eligibility has become more daunting with the loss. One more defeat will keep UNM from rising above .500 for the season, possibly taking their bowl bid entirely. Given off-field controversy and rumors, Bob Davie’s job may be further in question.

UNM’s next game is Saturday, November 4, when they face Utah State at 3:30 PM in Albuquerque.

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