Lobos 45, Falcons 37. Air Force kicker Will Conant nails a 53-yarder, pulling the Falcons with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 1:25 left. Onside kick to come.
Lobos 45, Falcons 34. Air Force goes for it on a 4th-and-24, and UNM’s Brett Bowers sacks Falcons quarterback Nate Romine. The Lobos then drive 41 yards on seven plays, setting up a 24-yard Justus Adams field goal. Air Force, out of timeouts, will get the ball back with about 2:30 left.
Lobos 42, Falcons 34. Quarterback Cole Gautsche finishes a 76-yard drive with an 11-yard run. There’s 10:32 left in this crazy game.
Lobos 35, Falcons 34. Air Force drives for the presumptive game-tying touchdown, but this time the Lobos return the favor and block the PAT. 14:53 left in this one.
After three quarters: Lobos 35, Falcons 28. But as the fourth quarter begins, Air Force has the ball third-and-goal on the UNM 1-yard line.
Lobos 35, Falcons 28. Jhurell Pressley breaks a 61-yard touchdown run, and the Lobos get a 2-point conversion on a Cole Gautsche-to-Andrew Aho pass.
Falcons 28, Lobos 27. Air Force drives 74 yards on nine plays, and the point-after puts them ahead for the first time. How big does that blocked UNM PAT look now?
Lobos 27, Falcons 21. After the Falcons fail to recover an onside kick attempt, the Lobos drive 46 yards in seven plays to regain the lead. But Justus Adams’ point-after attempt is blocked. That point could be crucial.
Lobos 21, Falcons 21. Air Force goes 86 yards on only four plays for the tying touchdown. Defense looked helpless.
The second half is under way. Air Force will start from its own 14-yard line.
Halftime: Lobos 21, Falcons 14. UNM drove from their 28 to the Air Force 23, but went backwards thereafter. Quarterback Cole Gautsche may have been shaken up, was out for the final series of downs. It seems unlikely New Mexico can win this game without him.
Lobos 21, Falcons 14: Air Force drives 79 yards on 15 plays, gets the touchdown on a 19-yard pass on a 4th-and-3. The Falcons’ no-huddle offense may be wearing down the New Mexico defense. The Lobos will get the ball back with 3:14 left in the 2nd quarter.
Lobos 21, Falcons 7: After Air Force touchdown, Lobos respond with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, all on the ground. Big play: a 21-yard Kasey Carrier run to the Falcons 5. 9:02 left in the second quarter.. Freshman Teriyon Gipson got the touchdown on the next play.
Lobos 14, Falcons 7: Air Force battles back with a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.
After the first quarter: Lobos 14, Falcons 0. Air Force has driven from its own 37 to the UNM 22, where it faces a fourth-and-3.
Lobos 14, Falcons 0: New Mexico drives 71 yards on 11 plays. QB Cole Gautsche gets the TD on a 1-inch (literally) quarterback sneak. Big play: a 20-yard gain on an option play. Gautsche got the first 6 yards, then pitched to Carlos Wiggins for 14 more. Air Force has no answer so far.
Lobos 7, Falcons 0: Cole Gautsche finishes off a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a beautiful, 28-yard touchdown pass to Jeric Magnant against an Air Force defense with nine in the box, looking for a run on second down and 13. It’s Gautsche’s birthday, BTW.
Air Force wins the coin toss but defers to the second half. The Lobos will get the all first, heading south to north. Carlos Wiggins and David Anaya deep. And here we go …
Good evening from University Stadium, where the New Mexico Lobos (2-6 overall, 0-4 Mountain West Conference and the Air Force Falcons (2-7, 0-5) will tee it up in approximately 55 minutes.
I’ll be blogging with score changes and at the quarter and halftime breaks. I’ll also be tweeting at @burquerick with updates, thoughts, impressions, etc.
We’ve got a temperature of almost 60 degrees (who’d have thought), with a very light breeze — optimum conditions.