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Rick is Wright

UNM football, combat sports and whatever else is worth blogging about on a given day

Lobos-Rebels

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56-42 is the final.

Rebels 56, Lobos 42: a 75-yard Tim Cornett run with 3:03 left in the game pretty much ices this one for UNLV. Heading down for interviews, will update later.

Rebels 49, Lobos 42. UNLV gobbles up almost 7 minutes, drives 80-yards for go-ahead touchdown. Lobos have 4:46 to work with.

After three quarters: Lobos 42, Rebels 42. Things had to slow down after that ridiculous first half, didn’t they? The Lobos face a third-and-4 from their own 12. They’ve gotten two defensive stops in a row, but they shouldn’t push their luck.

Lobos 42, Rebels 42. After UNM cornerback SaQwan Edwards recovers a UNLV fumble, forced by defensive end Brett Bowers, Cole Gautsche hits Carlos Wiggins with a 43-yard touchdown pass. There’s 2:27 left.

Rebels 42, Lobos 35. UNLV takes the second-half kickoff and drives 75 yards on 13 plays for their first lead of this crazy game. There’s 9:23 left in the third quarter.

Second half is under way. Rebels get the ball first. uh-oh.

Halftime statistics: Rushing — Lobos 400, Rebels 112. Passing — Lobos, 4-of-10 for 41 yards; Rebels, 11-of-15 for 196. Total offense — Lobos 441 yards, Rebels 308. First Downs — Lobos 17, Rebels 12. Lobos’ Kasey Carrier has 148 yards rushing on 16 carries. UNLV’s Caleb Herring is 10-of-14 passing for 169. Defensive statistics — none. Just kidding, a few tackles actually were made.

Halftime: Lobos 35, Rebels 35. UNM’s Justus Adams was well short on a 46-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half. You’re not gonna believe the halftime statistics.

Lobos 35, Rebels 35. UNLV drives 81 yards on seven plays, and Tim Cornett’s 9-yard touchdown run puts the two teams over 700 yards total offense in the first half. Uh …….

Lobos 35, Rebels 28. New Mexico scores on an old-fashioned, 15-play, 79-yard, 7 minute, 54 second drive. Cole Gautsche gets the TD on a 5-yard option keeper.

Did I say I don’t believe what I’m seeing? It keeps happening. UNLV scores on a 47-yard pass play, tieing the game at 28 with 12:34 left in the 2nd quarter.

… I don’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s New Mexico 28, UNLV 21 after a 68-yard Kasey Carrier run sets up a 7-yard Cole Gautsche TD run. Still 14:11 left in the second quarter. BTW, there were 398 yards gained by the two teams in the first quarter alone.

Lobos 21, Rebels 21. UNLV drives 71 yards on 10 plays, scores on the first play of the second quarter. Crazy.

After the first quarter, it’s New Mexico 21, UNLV 14. But the Rebels have the ball 2nd-and-goal on the UNM 4-yard line as we start the second quarter. Not sure I’ve ever seen a first quarter like that one.

Lobos 21, Rebels 14. Yes, we’re still in the first quarter. Lobos drive 69 yards in 7 plays. Carlos Wiggins gets the TD from 10 yards out. A 38-yard run by Crusoe Gongbay is the big play.

Lobos 14, Rebels 14. After a fumble by UNM wide receiver Marquis Bundy, UNLV goes 34 yards in only three plays. There’s still 6:11 left in the first quarter.

Holy smoke. Just when the Lobos had all the momentum, UNLV breaks a 69-yard touchdown run to make it UNM 14, UNLV 7 with 8:31 left, still in the first quarter.

…Lobos 14, Rebels 0. On a 3rd-and-8 play from the UNM 33, Cole Gautsche runs for 5 yards — then laterals to wide receiver Carlos Wiggins, who takes it 62 more yards for the Lobos’ second touchdown.

… Lobos strike first. They take the opening kickoff 75 yards on only seven plays, with Kasey Carrier getting the TD from 22 yards out. It’s 7-0 UNM with 12;04 left in the first quarter.

UNLV wins the toss, defers to the second half. Lobos will get the ball first. And here we go …

… Good evening from University Stadium, where the New Mexico Lobos and the UNLV Rebels will tee it up in just less than an hour.
I’ll be blogging with score changes as well as updates at the quarter and halftime breaks. I’l also be tweeting at @burquerick with thoughts, trends, general impressions, etc.
It’s the Mountain West Conference opener for both the Lobos (1-2) and the Rebels (2-2). UNLV, which routed UNM 35-7 last year in Vegas, is a 2- to 21/2-point favorite tonight.

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