Flashback: Three times Friday night, the New Mexico Lobos came back from deficits to take the lead against UNLV. Three times, UNLV took it back — including the only time that really counted. After a devastating, 38-35 loss to the Rebels at Dreamstyle Stadium, the Lobos are 3-8 overall and 1-6 in Mountain West Conference play.
What went right: The Lobos rushed for a season-best total of 482 yards. In three times overcoming deficits, two of those by 10 points, they proved there’s no quit in them. On Senior Night, quarterback Lamar Jordan (116 yards rushing, two touchdowns), running back Daryl Chestnut (a career-best 145 yards, one touchdown) and defensive end Kene Okonkwo (eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss), had standout performances in their final game at Dreamstyle Stadium.
What went wrong: The UNM defense, so badly victimized by the pass the previous week at Texas A&M, gave up 323 yards on the ground to UNLV. Nor was the pass defense there when it needed to be. Rebels quarterback Armani Rogers hit throws of 50 and 14 yards in the final minute, snatching a badly needed victory away from the Lobos.
Injury report: No significant injuries were observed or reported. Defensive end Cody Baker and strong safety Jacob Girgle left the game briefly but returned.
Quoting linebacker Alex Hart: “As down as guys get, we’ve got a lot of guys who’ll pick each other up. That’s why I love this team; they always fight. We’ve always fought in every game, no matter what the result was.”
Up next: The Lobos finish a disappointing, unsettling season with another Friday game, this an afternoon contest at San Diego State. The Aztecs, coached by former UNM quarterback (1969-71) and head coach (1998-2008) Rocky Long, were 8-2, 4-2 MWC pending the outcome of their game against Nevada on Saturday night.