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Lobo football recap

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Flashback: The New Mexico Lobos (3-8, 1-6) find themselves on the wrong end of history as Fresno State (10-0, 7-0) amasses a Mountain West Conference-record offensive output of 820 yards. That’s not a typo, nor is the final score of 69-28. And it could have been worse.
What went right: Lobos sophomore Carlos Wiggins set a school record with 252 kickoff-return yards, including an 89-yarder for a touchdown. It was Wiggins’ nation-leading third TD runback of the season. Sophomore Jhurell Pressley broke an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Punter Ben Skaer forced Fresno State to start four drives inside its own 20, though ultimately all that did was help the Bulldogs reach that total of 820 yards.
What went wrong: Whether we’re talking about pressure on the passer, coverage downfield or tackling in general, the New Mexico defense was ravaged. Or should that be savaged? Junior quarterback Clayton Mitchem, subbing for injured sophomore Cole Gautsche, labored — not that it was all on him — to ignite the Lobos’ nationally ranked ground game and to keep the Bulldogs’ no-huddle offense off the field. The Lobos gained 168 yards on the ground, slightly more than half their average going in. Fresno State ran 85 offensive plays, the Lobos 53. And, as impressive as Wiggins was returning kickoffs, there were a lot of kickoffs to return.
Injury report: Junior defense end Brett Bowers (knee) and sophomore outside linebacker Richard Winston (hamstring) will miss the season finale in Boise, coach Bob Davie said on Sunday. The walking-wounded list gets longer every week.
Quoting Davie: “We were overwhelmed by (Fresno State), probably just as much by their defense as their offense, when you look closely at the tape. It was a world of difference between the two teams.”
Next up: The Lobos, who have given up 66 and 69 points in their last two outings, finish the season Saturday at Boise State. The Broncos (7-4, 5-2), losers of four games in a season for the first time since dinosaurs roamed the blue turf, are liable to be in an ugly mood.

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