ALBUQUERQUE–Friday night’s 27-24 loss to Colorado State eliminated the University of New Mexico from Mountain West Conference championship contention. However, the fashion in which the Lobos took their loss should provide plenty of hope for the program.
Following an embarrassing 38-0 shutout at Fresno State, many UNM fans expressed frustrations with this season, some even calling for the removal of head coach Bob Davie. A win in Fresno may not have been expected, but the Lobos’ offense was nonexistent. This loss was yet another difficult thing for fans to stomach this year as negative stories, including player-abuse allegations and a second-consecutive loss to New Mexico State, have dominated headlines. The Lobos needed to perform well on Friday night.
But a good performance doesn’t necessarily mean a win.
Colorado State currently sits atop the Mount West standings. Their only losses come at the hands of Colorado and Alabama—the best team in the nation. The Lobos fought valiantly until the end of the game. They tallied almost as many rushing yards in the first quarter as they did in the entire game against Fresno State. Had it not been for a late-game stalwart defensive effort by Colorado State, UNM would have likely sent the game to overtime. This was a huge step from last week for the Lobos.
Alternating quarterbacks was a questionable move in the Fresno State game, but it was a relatively successful strategy on Friday. Tevaka Tuioti and Lamar Jordan both made great decisions in the Lobos’ triple option offense. Running back Tyrone Owens rushed for an impressive 159 yards. Overall, the Lobos actually outrushed Colorado State—a huge step forward from hardly gaining any yards last week.
Davie told reporters that he was proud of the way that the Lobos competed and that the main goal for the team is now a bowl appearance. With four losses on their record, a bowl appearance is both a feasible and worthwhile goal. Though they will not win the Mountain West title this year, another bowl appearance is still a huge step from the 1-13 teams of the Locksley era.
The Lobos next game will be yet another test when they face Wyoming on the road on Saturday, October 28.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.