For a stretch in the third quarter on Friday night versus Air Force, the New Mexico Lobos defense tried their darnedest to keep the team in the game and give the offense the opportunity to score with short fields. Unfortunately, the UNM offense was MIA last night against the Falcons in a 28-0 loss.
New Mexico is now 0-4 on the season, and their losing streak is now up to 13 games dating back to last season.
Defense played tough:
The Lobos defense in the first quarter and a half looked lost against the Air Force triple option attack. The Falcons scored touchdowns on all their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead.
Nearing halftime, though, the Lobos made a stop and forced Air Force to punt. It was a sign of things to come in the second half.
The Lobo defense in the third quarter forced three Air Force fumbles, all in Falcon territory, in what seemed like a gift wrapping of short fields for the Lobo offense. Even in the fourth quarter the defense still didn’t give up, stopping the Falcons on a 4th and 1 inside the Lobo 5-yard line.
Where’s the offense:
Despite the efforts of the defense, the offense, and kicking game, was nowhere to be found on Friday night, much to the chagrin of head coach Danny Gonzales.
The Lobos had three third quarter possessions start deep in Air Force territory and all three times the Lobos missed a field goal.
The running game was non-existent, as UNM had 83 yards rushing. Trae Hall had times of effectiveness, other times he had none, or he didn’t have anytime at all and was either scrambling or taking sacks waiting for receivers to get open. Hall ended the night 23-of-42 for 221 yards and one interception. He also added 13 yards on the ground on eight carries.
Still there appears to be hope ahead:
Despite sitting at 0-4, and no shot at getting a winning season this year, there is still hope that UNM can get rid of this losing streak. Next up for UNM is a date with Utah State on Thanksgiving night.
The Aggies of Utah State are also at 0-4 on the season and have fired their head coach and dismissed their starting quarterback for a violation of team rules. If there is a game that the Lobos could play that could turn their season around, it is this one.
The Lobos also expect Tevaka Tuioti back under center for the Utah State game. His dual threat ability will come in handy against a defense that is struggling this season.