ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s over. B.R. Holbrook’s last-gasp pass goes awry. Colorado State wins 24-20. More later.
.. Amazing game. Lobos call their third and final time out with 3 seconds left, trailing 24-10 with the ball on the SU 16-yard line. Do-or-die play coming up.
Defense can’t hold. Colorado State rallies to lead 24-20 with 1:36 left. But B.R. Holbrook has driven the Lobos to the CSU 16 with 17 seconds left. Lobos have one timeout remaining, it’s 1st down.
… Touchdown! B.R. Holbrook hits Jhurell Pressley with a slant for 55 yards. The Lobos take the lead, 20-17 with 3:12 left. Can the defense hold?
… With the help of a 15-yard personal foul penalty, the Lobos force a punt. But a muffed catch by Tim Foley means the Lobos start at their own 3 with 7:27 left.
… Sorry for the delay, had some technical problems. While I was gone, the third quarter ended and the Lobos have driven from their own 9-yard line to the CSU 14. On the drive, B.R. Holbrook has thrown for 44 yards and Cole Gautsche, alternating with Holbrook at QB, has rushed for 21. But Holbrook throws incomplete on a 3rd-and-8, and Justus Adams kicks a 30-yard field goal. It’s 17-13, Colorado State, with 10:28 left in the game.
… The Lobos force a CSU punt with 3 minutes left. Linebacker Dallas Bollema, injured earlier, is back in the game. After a block-in-the back penalty on the punt return, New Mexico will have the ball on its 9-yard line with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
… New Mexico narrows the CSU lead to 17-10 with a 38-yard Justus Adams field goal. B.R. Holbrook hits tight end Andrew Aho with a 48-yard pass on the first play of the drive; Cole Gautsche runs 16 yards on a keeper. But the drive stalls at the CSU 19.
… Lobos get a stop, but only after CSU holds the ball for almost 5 minutes. Lobos take over at their 20 with 8:06 left in the third quarter. What’s the plan, offense?
… New Mexico linebacker Dallas Bollema, who provided the Lobos with their only spark in the first half, is helped off the field with an apparent leg injury with 12:04 left in the third quarter.
… Lobos go 3-and-out on their first possession of the second half.
… Lobos will receive second-half kickoff. Here we go.
… Halftime stats: New Mexico, two first downs, 47 yards rushing for a 2.9-yard average, 2-of-3 passing for 11 yards. Leading the nation in time of possession entering the game, the Lobos held the ball for just 10 minutes, 30 seconds. Colorado State, 17 first downs, 123 yards rushing for a 5.6-yard average, 11-of-16 passing for 130 yards. The Lobos have had no success running up the middle and none on the option, getting two first down runs when Kasey Carrier took the ball to the outside. The decision to start B.R. Holbrook at quarterback has paid no dividends so far. He’s 2-of-3 passing for 11 yards and had a fumble, recovered by Carrier. If not for Dallas Bollema’s 35-yard interception return, setting up a UNM touchdown “drive” of 3 yards, this would be looking bleak for the Lobos indeed. As it is, not too pretty.
At halftime: Colorado State 17, New Mexico 7. We’ll see if the Lobos can find some offense in the second half. Truly surprised that the Rams have been able to shut down the option the way they have.
… Jared Roberts boots a 48-yard field goal, giving Colorado State a 17-7 lead with 2:14 in the second. If the Lobos go to the locker room down just 10, they’ll be extremely lucky. Lobos ball after the kickoff at their own 32 after a nice return by Chase Clayton.
… Lobos finally get their first first down of the game but can’t get a second. Colorado State has the ball at its own 4-yard line after 51-yard Ben Skaer punt with 8:04 left in the first half.
… New Mexico, aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on CSU, gets its first defensive stop of the game. Lobos have the ball on their 20 with 12:16 left in the second quarter.
… After the first quarter: Colorado State 14, New Mexico 7. The Rams have the ball first-and-10 on their 39-yard line. Total offense: CSU 168 yards, UNM 14. First downs: CSU 10, UNM zero.
… Sudden change: Lobos’ Dallas Bollema intercepts a pass, returns it 35 yards to the CSU. 3. Kasey Carrier takes it in from 1, Lobos trail 14-7 with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. The Lobos still aren’t moving the ball, with 14 yards total offense on nine plays.
… Another three-and-out for the Lobos, this time with Cole Gautsche at quarterback. Gautsche stopped for no gain on a third-and-5.
… Colorado State drives 61 yards on nine plays to take a 14-0 lead with 6:30 left in the first quarter. It appears the Rams can do anything they want on offense. Down 14-0 early isn’t where a triple option team wants to be.
… Three-and-out for the Lobos on their first possession.
… B.R. Holbrook starts at QB for the Lobos, throws incomplete on first down.
… CSU needs only six plays and 2:32 to go 75 yards in six plays, leads 7-0 with 12:18 left in the first quarter. Joe Hansley gets the TD on a 29-yard pass from Conner Smith.
… Colorado State wins the toss, will receive. New Mexico will defend the north goal. Hard to tell which way the wind is blowing right now. And here we go.
Colorado State seniors being honored. Might delay kickoff a few minutes.
.. Pitiful crowd here at Hughes Stadium; almost no one in the east stands. This makes last week’s attendance at University Stadium for the Lobos-Nevada game look really good. I’ll be interested to see what the official attendance is.
… Good afternoon from Fort Collins, Colo., where the New Mexico Lobos (4-8 overall, 1-6 in Mountain West Conference play) and the Colorado State Rams (3-8, 2-5) will tee it up in about 25 minutes.
I’ll be blogging with score updates, at the quarter and halftime breaks, trends and whatever else is interesting.
One interesting story line: how much will Lobos senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook play, and how effective will he be?
During the week, Lobos coach Bob Davie played down Holbrook — out since Oct. 27 with a separation of his right, throwing shoulder — as a factor in today’s game. Now, those close to the program say Holbrook might play a lot, though true freshman Cole Gautsche will start.
The temperature has been announced as 47 degrees with a 13-mph wind out of the northwest. Partly cloudy, no precip expected.