The New Mexico Lobos were able to begin their 2019 campaign with a win. And then all of that was put on the backburner after the contest as their coach was rushed to the hospital.
Head coach Bob Davie was the center of attention after the game against Sam Houston State as he had what was called a serious medical issue, and he was rushed to University of New Mexico Hospital in an ambulance following the game. Coach Davie did provide an update for himself on Sunday:
“My family and I want to thank the UNM training room staff, first responders and UNMH — it is impossible to fully express our gratitude for your swift and professional efforts during a critical time. To the coaching staff and their families — thank you for your support and for taking care of my family and our team during this time.
I anticipate a full recovery thanks to the excellent care received. My wife JoAnne is with me and we hugely appreciate everyone who has reached out with well wishes. Thank you.”
To the game now, which saw the Lobos go through some ups and downs. UNM started with Brandt Hughes at quarterback. The junior from Chico, California played the first half and was 12-for-29 with 218 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. It was Andrew Shelley and Ahmari Davis that stole the show early.
Shelley, the Lobos kicker, knocked through three field goals sandwiched around a Davis 43-yard touchdown run, that gave the Lobos a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Sam Houston State was able to cut the lead to three after Dee Bowens caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ty Brock, kicker Connor Crow missed the extra point though. Eric Schmid, who replaced Brock, added a 4-yard touchdown run on the next Bearkat drive, and Crow’s PAT made it 16-13
Ahmari Davis, though, had the answer as he finished off an 89-yard Lobo drive with a one-yard touchdown run. And this time it was Shelley who would miss an extra point. Crow knocked through a field goal right before halftime that cut the Lobos lead to 22-16.
Schmid began the second half at quarterback for SHSU and quickly led a drive that culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Schmid to Toneil Carter that put the Bearkats ahead 23-22.
After the two teams traded three and outs, it was the Lobos offense that got going, thanks in part to both Davis and Sheriron Jones, who played the second half at quarterback. Shelley would knock through his fourth field goal halfway through the third quarter to give the Lobos a 25-23 lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jones added a touchdown run from 11 yards out to end the third and began the fourth with a seven-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 39-23.
From there the Lobos defense clamped down and on the Bearkats, and it wasn’t until just over three minutes remaining before SHSU found some points again. This time it was a four-yard run by Donovan Williams and a two-point conversion that closed the gap to 39-31.
The Kats then were able to recover on onside kick and drove into Lobo territory. The UNM defense, though, was able to stiffen, as Brock was sacked by Jacobi Hearn to seal the win.
I said before hand that I believed the Lobos were in for a dogfight, and for the most part they were. While the defense looked good early, they were exposed from the second quarter on. My thought about that is this was the first game, against a tough opponent, and a newer secondary that has yet to gel together. The Lobos gave up 558 yards, 443 of which were passing yards.
The offense looked good under Jones, although Hughes didn’t do too bad of a job. Ahmari Davis appears set to take over where Tyrone Owens left off. Davis went for 107 on the ground and added 58 more yards receiving. His big play ability will come in handy later in the season.
Brandt Hughes looked decent, Sheriron Jones looked good. I really want to see what the next two weeks of practice have in store because at some point I think Tevaka Tuioti will see some action as well. For now, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will start in the second game.
The Lobos sit at 1-0 on the season and now will get two weeks to prepare for Notre Dame. That game will be on Saturday September 14th. It is unclear as of now whether Coach Davie will be on the sidelines for that game. All we can hope for now is a speedy and full recovery for Coach Davie.