Flashback: New Mexico jumps out to 21-0 and 24-7 leads against Fresno State, but the Lobos succumb to key injuries and a dramatic Bulldog rally. Fresno State wins, 49-32.
What Went Right: Before injuries befell quarterbacks Cole Gautsche and B.R. Holbrook, the Lobos (4-5 overall, 1-3 in Mountain West Conference play) had the Fresno State defense on the run. The UNM defense, meanwhile, held the potent Fresno State offense to just seven points in the game’s 29 minutes, 29 seconds.
What Went Wrong: Everything changed after Holbrook’s exit from the contest late in the second quarter. Without an experienced quarterback, both the option game and the threat of a passing game were gone. As UNM three-and-outs piled up, so did the Fresno State points.
Injury Report: Coach Bob Davie said Gautsche (neck injury) is day-to-day and could be ready for Saturday’s game at UNLV. Holbrook (shoulder separation) conceivably could be back before season’s end. Center Dillon Farrell (shoulder stinger) will be fine.
Quoting Davie: “In the first half, there were some really positive things. But we left (scoring) opportunites on the field.”
Next Up: The Lobos travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to face a struggling UNLV (1-8, 1-3). The Rebels beat Air Force on Sept. 22, but have not won since. It’s not clear whether they’ve recovered from a 42-37 loss to intrastate rival Nevada in a game UNLV led 31-14 at halftime.