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Lobo football recap

Flashback: The New Mexico Lobos (3-5 overall, 1-3 in Mountain West Conference play) blow a 17-point lead but rally behind an Isaiah Brown interception and a last-ditch, clock-eating touchdown drive to beat UNLV in Las Vegas, 31-28, and claim their first Mountain West Conference victory of the season.
What went right: The Lobos dominated the game’s first 28 minutes, and without those early 17 points, the fourth-quarter heroics wouldn’t have mattered. Interceptions by Brown and linebacker Tevin Newman led to 10 UNM points. The Lobos rushed for 301 yards and converted crucial third downs (plus one huge fourth down) on that game-winning drive. And UNM, given a golden opportunity to fold, did not.
What went wrong: After a strong start, the UNM defense gave up yards and touchdowns in bunches as the Rebels turned a 17-0 deficit into leads of 21-17 and 28-24. The offense went silent in the third quarter, gaining only 37 yards, before being bailed out by Brown’s interception and mounting the game-winning drive.
Injury report: Starting quarterback Cole Gautsche lasted only three offensive series before going out with an injury to his left ankle or foot. Gautsche left the field and returned with his foot heavily wrapped. The severity or exact nature of the injury is unclear, but Lobos coach Bob Davie said Sunday that the injury appeared to be significant.
Quoting Davie (on building from Saturday’s victory): “We enjoy tonight, is what we do. I think you have to contrast the difference between the locker room at Air Force (after a 35-31 defeat in UNM’s previous game) and the locker room in Las Vegas. Like I told (the players), this is their time.
Next up: After an opening-game loss to Ole Miss and a stunning upset defeat at the hands of Air Force, Boise State has been, well, Boise State. The Broncos (6-2, 4-1) come to University Stadium Saturday on a three-game winning streak and, no doubt, refreshed after a bye week.

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