With the game on the line New Mexico Lobos head coach Bob Davie turned to his freshman quarterback Lamar Jordan to win the game but for the second straight week, but this time the Lobos came up short. The final two drives of the game were the only action Jordan saw and the Lobos failed to get a critical first down to sustain the possible game winning drives.
The decision to bring Jordan in at the end of the game with no previous action and even though Jordan has shown he can make the big plays he was not given a chance to establish a rhythm and was asked to win the game cold. Jordan is the better passer of the two quarterbacks but when the Lobos chose to run the ball four consecutive times on their final drive.
This move will be a big topic of discussion on Monday on local sports talk shows as fans debate who should be the Lobos quarterback. Cole Gautsche started the game and did a good job of running the offense but he still looked a step slow when running the ball falling short of his 10 yards per carry average running the ball for just 46 yards.
The Lobos offense shredded the Falcons defense with big plays piling up 367 yards on the ground. New Mexico was led by junior Jhurell Pressley who rushed for 148 yards on 11 carries and making several long runs, including touchdown runs of 42 and 50 yards. The Lobos other starting running back Teriyon Gipson contributed 84 yards on 16 carriers with a 28 yard touchdown.
On the defensive side, a depleted Lobos secondary struggled to stop the Falcons star receiver Jalen Robinette who had 96 yards on four catches. Robinette caught a 50 yard touchdown with 3:35 left in the third quarter. During the catch he should his power and athletic ability making an adjustment to make the catch and then juking and running over Lobos to get in to the end zone.
On the ground the Falcon gained 269 yards but they chose to utilize their fullbacks to neutralize the Lobos speed on the defensive line. Shayne Davern led the Air Force ground game with 16 carriers for 85 yards but failed to reach the end zone. Fellow full back D.J. Johnson gained 51 yards on 15 carriers with three touchdowns. Kale Pearson was 5 of 8 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown he also rushed for 66 yards on 20 carriers.
For the Lobos this marks another disappointing loss they are now 2-5 and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos have been competitive this year but for the second week in a row their offense was not effective when they needed it the most. They will now have a week of before they travel UNLV on Saturday Nov. 1st.
The win moves the Falcons record to 5-2 and 2-2 in conference play. They are one game behind Mountain Division leader Colorado State and Boise State. The Falcons also have a bye next week and will play armed forces rival Army also on Saturday Nov. 1st.