The New Mexico Lobos’ injury problems weren’t limited to the guys taking the snaps from center during Saturday’s 49-32 loss to Boise State.
The guy who does the snapping went down, too, causing a reshuffling of the UNM offensive line.
Starting center Dillon Farrell left the game sometime in the first half with a shoulder stinger. In his absence, left guard LaMar Bratton moved to center, right guard Calvin McDowney moved to left guard, and true freshman Garrett Adcock replaced McDowney at right guard.
With its top two quarterbacks, B.R. Holbrook and Cole Gautsche, both having left the game with injuries, the Lobos essentially lost the option component of their offense.
And without Farrell, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, the UNM offensive line wasn’t able to gain much traction against the Fresno State defense for the straight-ahead run game.
The Lobos had 268 yards rushing in the first half, 81 in the second.
Lobos coach Bob Davie said the loss of his two quarterbacks was a far more telling blow than Farrell’s injury.
But, he said, “(Farrell) gives us some size in there, some height,” to better contend with 311-pound Fresno State nose tackle Tyeler Davison.
Running back Kasey Carrier called Farrell “a big part of our offense. He’s the center, which is the quarterback of our offensive line. But having a player like LaMar Bratton backing him up … definitely helped us in a tremendous way.”
Injuries, for that matter, weren’t limited to the players. Davie wore a soft cast on his right wrist.
“I hurt my wrist a while back,” he said, “and (doctors) just decided I needed to get the surgery done.”
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The Lobos led 21-0 and 24-7 in the first half before being overtaken, but Davie said they could have led by more.
“We had some adversity in the first half,” he said, “but we created our own adversity to a degree.”
Leading 21-0, the Lobos got a 30-yard run from sophomore Crusoe Gongbay on a fake punt, setting them up on the Fresno State 20. Four plays later, Justus Adams missed a 39-yard field goal.
A few minutes later, with the score 21-7, Holbrook overthrew a wide-open SaQwan Edwards on what could have been a 75-yard touchdown pass. The Lobos punted three plays later.
On the ensuing Fresno State possession, UNM cornerback Destry Berry dropped what likely would have been a touchdown pass interception.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal