Flashback: Utah State didn’t need any help in beating New Mexico on Saturday night, but the Lobos gave them plenty. For UNM, the result was as predictable as it as disappointing: a 45-10 thrashing in front of a half-full (at best) University Stadium.What went right: The Lobos, stifled on the ground most of the night, had a bit of success through the air. Third-team quarterback David Vega rushed for 47 yards, passed for 30 more and directed UNM’s only touchdown drive during mop-up time — although Utah State’s first-team defense was still in the game.
What went wrong: How much space do we have? UNM fumbled on its first offensive series, setting the tone for what was to come. The New Mexico rushing attack, ranked second nationally entering the game, was held to a season-low 160 yards. Whether driving 68 yards on 10 plays or 74 yards in two plays, the Utah State offense had its way all night with the Lobo defense. Special teams, a UNM strength through six games, gave up a 65-yard touchdown punt return — another TD punt return was called back — and a 72-yard touchdown run out of punt formation.
Injury report: No serious injuries were noted, and the Lobos have two weeks to heal their bumps and bruises before their next game.
Quoting Davie: “The immaturity of our team showed, showed big time. Both physically and just from a performance standpoint, we got overwhelmed.”
Next up: After taking a week off, the Lobos (2-5 overall, 0-3 Mountain West Conference) play former UNM coach Rocky Long’s San Diego State Aztecs (3-3, 2-0) on Nov. 2 in San Diego. The Aztecs, coming off a bye week, host Fresno State this Saturday.