WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m. MT
WHERE: Branch Field at University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM (39,224)
CONFERENCES: UNM - Mountain West Conference | TSU - Western Athletic Conference
2012 SEASON: UNM 2-3 | TSU 2-2
COACHES: New Mexico: Bob Davie 2-3 at UNM (1st year), 37-28 overall (6th year) | Texas State: Dennis Franchione 21-17 at TSU (4th year), 195-110-2 (28th Year).
TV: Comcast New Mexico (N.M. only) - Ch. 27 (Albuquerque), Ch. 16 (Santa Fe)
WEB STREAMING: ProView Networks -- proviewnetworks.com
RADIO: UNM - Lobo Radio Network / KKOB 770 AM (Flagship, English) / ESPN Deportes ABQ (KRZY)1450 AM (Flagship, Spanish) | TSU – Texas State Network/ ESPN Austin1260 AM (Flagship)
SERIES RECORD: 2nd meeting. UNM leads series 1-0
LAST MEETING: Aug. 30, 2003 in Albuquerque, NM – UNM 72-8
The Lobos and Bobcats met in 2003 when Texas State was still known as Southwest Texas State and was playing in what was then known as Division I-AA (now the Division I, Football Championship Subdivision.
That meeting to open the 2003 season was an overwhelming 72-8 victory for the Lobos would be an otherwise mundane meeting if not for one historic event – New Mexico senior walk-on Katie Hnida became the first woman to score a point in Division I football history, kicking a pair of point after touchdowns in the lopsided victory.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT – TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats, who are in their first year in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and their first year the Western Athletic Conference, enter the game 2-2 after losing 34-21 to MWC newcomer Nevada at home last weekend. Texas St. held a 21-20 halftime advantage but was held scoreless in the second half and the Woflpack scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter for the victory.
The two teams have one common opponent this season – Texas Tech. The Bobcats lost to the Red Raiders 58-10 in Lubbock in week two, while the Lobos lost to Tech 49-14 in week three. In both games, the Red Radiers defense held TSU and UNM scoreless in the second half.
As a provisional FBS school, Texas State’s statistics are not listed among those of the other 120 FBS schools, but if they were the Bobcats would be 116th in Total Defense allowing 495.35 yards per game, and 92rd in Total Offense 356.75 yards per game.
ON OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford was 15-of-22 for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort against Nevada. He has thrown for 651 yards, six touchdowns and one interception on the season. Senior running back Marcus Curry leads the team in rushing with 193 yards The native of Carrolton, Texas is averaging 5.1 yards a carry. Rutherford is second in rushing with 131 yards this season.
ON DEFENSE: Senior safety Jason McLean leads the Bobcats defense in tackles with 34 this season. Sophomore cornerback Craig Mager, fourth on the team with 20 tackles, leads the team with two interceptions.
UNM-TSU CONNECTIONS: It’s well known that New Mexico hired head coach Dennis Franchione away from Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) in 1992. Franchione coached the Lobos six seasons, culminating with a 9-4 record and Mountain Division championship in the Western Athletic Conference in 1997. That year, UNM made its first appearance in a bowl game in 36 years, playing in the Insight.com Bowl. Franchione had a 33-36 record at New Mexico.
But people may not know that TSU and UNM have plenty of connections at the coaching and administrative levels.
• TSU co-offensive coordinator Mike Schultz and offensive line coach Dennis Darnell were with Franchione all six Lobo seasons. Defensive line coach Mike Hudson coached under Franchione at UNM in 1994. OLBs/special teams coordinator Brad Franchione was a UNM student assistant for his father from 1992-96, and defensive coordinator Craig Naivar was a graduate assistant at UNM from 1996-97.
• TSU co-offensive coordinator Jeff Conway was special teams coordinator and coached three positions for the Lobos from 1998-2003. Conway was on the Sam Houston State staff last season with current Lobo offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse and TEs coach Derek Warehime.
• DeBesse was head coach at Southwest Texas State from 1997-2002, where Hudson was an assistant during DeBesse’s entire tenure and his defensive coordinator from 2001-02. Bobcats CBs coach Jason Washington played for DeBesse from 1998-2002. DeBesse coached WRs under Franchione at Texas A&M from 2006-07.
• UNM DL coach Archie McDaniel played for Franchione at Texas A&M. TSU DTs coach Reuben Vaughn was a graduate assistant for the Aggies when McDaniel played.
• Texas State AD Dr. Larry Teis received his doctorate from UNM in health, physical education and recreation.
• TSU Associate AD/Development Travis Comer earned his master’s degree from UNM.
• Former UNM athletic director Rudy Davalos graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1960 and entered the school’s Hall of Fame in 1983. Currently Davalos’ son, Doug Davalos, is the men’s basketball coach for Texas State.