ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Final: New Mexico 45, Air Force 40. UNM defense comes up big at the end. Lobos now 3-3, 2-1 in Mountain West play. Air Force is 4-2, 1-2.
Lobos 45, Falcons 40: With UNM’s offense stalled by an injury to quarterback Lamar Jordan, Air Force drives 55 yards for a score. A two-point conversion attempt is no good, meaning the Falcons still need a touchdown to take the lead. There’s 5:22 left in the game.
Lobos 45, Falcons 34: After a UNM drive bogs down, Jason Sanders kicks a career-long 49-yard field goal. There’s 32 seconds left in the third quarter. And that’s how the third quarter ends.
Lobos 42, Falcons 34: Air Force quarterback hits wide receiver Ronald Cleveland for a 20-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-17 play. There’s 5:33 left in the third quarter.
Lobos 42, Falcons 27: After the UNM defense gets a big stop, running back Tyrone Owens goes 48 yards to the Air Force 4-yard line on a third-and-5 play. Richard McQuarley gets the score from the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter.
Halftime stats: Rushing — UNM 269 yards on 27 carries, Air Force 224 yards on 30 carries. Passing — UNM 2-for-4, 57 yards, Air Force 4-for-5, 118 yards. First downs: 14 for each team.
At halftime: New Mexico 35, Air Force 27. Air Force’s Luke Strebel boots a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter, capping a six-play, 75-yard drive.
Lobos 35, Falcons 24: Honest, I’m trying to keep up after Air Force drives 75 yards to make it 28-24, Lamar Jordan finds Q’ Drennan all alone for a 45-yard touchdown. There’s 1:10 left in the second quarter.
Lobos 28, Falcons 17. New Mexico drives 60 yards on seven plays, big biggest a 32-yard option keeper by quarterback Lamar Jordan. There’s 6:49 left in the second quarter.
Lobos 21, Falcons 17: Air Force quarterback hits wide receiver Jalen Romine, who eludes an attempted tackle from UNM cornerback Nias Martin and takes to the end zone for 53-yard touchdown. There’s 10:30 left in the second quarter.
Lobos 21, Falcons 10: New Mexico drives 71 yards on 12 plays to extend its lead. Big plays: a 15-yard pass interference penalty on Air Force and a 14-yard run by Dameon Gamblin. There’s 13 minutes left in the second quarter.
After the first quarter: New Mexico 14, Air Force 10. UNM has the ball, facing a 3rd-and-6 at the Air Force 16-yard line.
Lobos 14, Falcons 10: Running back Jacobi Owens runs 43 yards for an Air Force TD midway through a very eventful first quarter.
Lobos 14, Falcons 3: Teriyon Gipson takes an option pitch from Lamar Jordan, gets a couple of great blocks and goes 60 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. There’s still 9:21 left in the first quarter.
Lobos 7, Falcons 3: Things happening fast. UNM goes 75 yards in just three plays: a 32-yard run by Tyrone Owens, a 41-yard run by Teriyon Gipson and a 1-yard plunge by Richard McQuarley. Air Force answers with a 49-yard field goal on a 42-yard drive. There’s 10:33 left in the first quarter.
Air Force wins the toss, defers to the second half. New Mexico will get the ball first. And here we go ..
Good afternoon from the Cotton Bowl on the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas, where the New Mexico Lobos (2-3 overall, 1-1 in Mountain West Conference play) and the Air Force Falcons (4-1, 1-1) will tee it up in about 20 minutes.
It’s a warm, humid day in north Texas.
In what I would call more than speculation but less than a cold, hard fact, I’m saying you’re likely to see senior quarterback Austin Apodaca play today after missing the past two games with a collarbone injury. Junior Lamar Jordan is expected to start.
I’ll be blogging here with score changes and updates at the quarter and halftime breaks. I’ll be tweeting as well at @burquerick.