Friday night’s game against Boise State was a microcosm of the New Mexico Lobos’ season. There were a couple of bright spots, but for the most part it wasn’t good for UNM in the 45-14 loss that was the sixth straight for the team that now sits at 3-8 on the season and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference.
Boise State started fast as Brett Rypien hit Sean Modster on the first drive of the game to make it 7-0. Modster would catch another TD later in the first quarter and the route was on.
The Lobos did see a bright spot in the second quarter when their offense put together a 10 play 75 yard drive capped off by Daevon Vigilant’s 1-yard touchdown run that got it within 14-7.
From then on it was all Boise State as UNM’s offense struggled to move the ball, while their defense struggled to slow down Boise State’s offense.
At the end Rypien went 17-of-27 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Mattison added 145 yards on the ground on 20 rushes and a touchdown.
For the Lobos there were two really bright spots; Marcus Hayes returned a punt for a touchdown. It was the first punt return for a touchdown for New Mexico since Dwight Counter returned a punt for a TD in 2002 against Weber State.
Also, guard Aaron Jenkins played in his 51st game as a Lobo, setting a program record that was held by five other players including Jhurrell Pressley and Jason Sanders.
The Lobos will finish up their season at home next week against Wyoming on Saturday afternoon.