FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — The University of New Mexico football team lost a lopsided game at Fresno State on Saturday night by a score of 38-0, making it 23 years since the last time the Lobos won in Fresno, California.
Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion threw 3 touchdown passes and finished with 299 yards. The Bulldogs are currently tied for 2nd place in the Mountain West Conference with an overall record of 4-2, their only losses coming from Alabama and Washington. Currently, Colorado State sits atop the Mountain West standings with a 5-2 overall record and 3-0 conference record.
UNM fell behind early in Saturday night’s game and went into halftime down 21-0. The Lobos could not find a rhythm on either side of the football as their offense only converted on 2 of 14 third downs and their defense allowed a field day for Fresno State athletes.
The Lobos tried several things—including alternating quarterbacks Lamar Jordan and Tevaka Tuioti—to throw Fresno State off, but none of it worked. Only one drive exceeded 50 yards, and that one ended with an incompletion on fourth-and-goal. They finished with a mere 109 rushing yards, considerably less than the 300-plus rushing yards they average in their previous two wins against Tulsa and Air Force. However, those two games seem to be anomalies this season as they are also the only two games in which the Lobos reached 300 yards.
“They whipped us,” UNM head coach Bob Davie said after the game.
Fresno State was the first team to shut UNM out since Texas did it in 2012. This loss brings the Lobos to a 3-3 overall record and 1-2 record in conference play. With games against Colorado State, Utah State and Texas A&M in the coming weeks, UNM arguably has their toughest matchups ahead.
UNM’s next game is Friday, October 20, when they host Colorado State in Albuquerque.