Flashback: The New Mexico Lobos drop the baton in the second half and lose a track meet, 56-42, to the UNLV Rebels Saturday night at University Stadium. The Lobos fall to 1-3 on the season.
What went right: The UNM triple option was at its absolute best in the first half, piling up an even 400 yards on the ground. Sophomore wide receiver Carlos Wiggins had a breakout game with 176 yards from scrimmage on just five plays (three rushes, two pass receptions) and three touchdowns. The Lobos had three players — Wiggins, running back Kasey Carrier, quarterback Cole Gautsche — rush for more than 100 yards apiece in a single game for the first time in program history.
What went wrong: The Rebels torched the UNM defense, passing for 320 yards, rushing for 248 and averaging almost 8 yards per play. The Lobos gave up scoring plays of 69 and 75 yards and scoring drives of 71 and 75 yards. When the defense rallied a bit in the second half, the offense began to sputter; UNM was outscored 14-0 in the decisive fourth quarter. A penalty for taunting gave UNLV new life on an eventual first-half touchdown drive after the Lobos appeared to have gotten a stop. On a gorgeous late-September evening, an announced crowd of only 23,639 came out to watch UNM’s homecoming game.
Injury report: Starting outside rush linebacker Javarie Johnson left the game with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter.
Quoting Davie: “It was a pretty good game, a heck of a game. I think UNLV’s a pretty darn good football team. But, man, to be able to move the ball like we moved it on offense and not be able to win the game is frustrating.”
Next Up: New Mexico State (0-5) comes to University Stadium on Saturday for the 104th renewal of the Lobos-Aggies rivalry. The Aggies scored the first 16 points of their game last Saturday against San Diego State, but Rocky Long’s Aztecs scored the last 26.