New Mexico Lobos vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
Saturday November 7th, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. MT
Aloha Stadium in Honolulu
The game will be streamed on Spectrum. Which can be downloaded with the Team1Sports App. The radio call will still be on the Lobo Radio Network/Lobo Sports App, 770 AM/96.3 FM KKOB in Albuquerque.
Hawai’i leads the overall series between the two 15-10. Last season the Rainbow Warriors beat the Lobos in Albuquerque, 45-31.
The New Mexico Lobos football team will visit the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors Saturday night in Honolulu for a Mountain West Conference tilt. The Lobos enter the contest 0-1 both overall and in the MWC, following their 38-21 loss to San Jose State last Saturday. The Rainbow Warriors are 1-1 on the season. Hawai’i opened the season with 34-19 win over Fresno State, but lost last week to Wyoming by a final of 31-7.
What to expect from Hawai’i:
This isn’t the typical Hawai’i football team we’ve gotten used to seeing over the last several decades. No more slinging it around 50 to 60 times a contest. With Todd Graham as the head coach in Honolulu, the Rainbow Warriors will tout an offense that leans a bit more on the running game.
In their first contest, Hawai’i rushed for 323 yards against Fresno State, while just passing for 229 yards. The offense did regress last week versus a really good Wyoming defense, but don’t expect them to stay down for long. They will try to pound the rock against the Lobos defense with three different players.
Rainbow Warrior quarterback Chevan Cordeiro is a dual threat, putting up 229 yards passing and rushing for another 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Fresno State. He was stymied last week against Wyoming, throwing for 110 yards passing and just a yard on the ground. Expect that to change a bit when he takes on the inexperienced Lobo defense that allowed 481 passing yards against San Jose State.
With the Lobos defense still getting experience, the player that needs to come to play with a purpose today for UNM will need to be quarterback Tevaka Tuioti. Tuioti was outstanding for the most part last week, passing for 294 yards and two touchdowns, also adding 69 yards on the ground and another score.
He did struggle a bit after the Lobos tied it at 21-21, he will need to keep the big plays going today in order to keep up with Hawai’i.
The Lobos looked much better against San Jose State than it did for most of the last three seasons under Bob Davie. However, like head coach Danny Gonzales said after last week’s contest, the Lobos still have a long way to go. This game might be a little more of a barometer of how good the Lobos have become under Gonzales.
Given that UNM had to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada, because of the health orders in place in Albuquerque, this past week was the first week of full practice for UNM in over a month. There will be more kinks worked out for this game than last week.
Expect the Lobos to play hard in this one. Inexperience though might get the Lobos in this one on defense again, but don’t expect 481 yards through the air again. I like the Lobos to keep it close, but in the end lose out again. Hawai’i-28 Lobos-23.