On a day that the Akron Zips handed off the longest losing streak in FBS to the New Mexico Lobos, it only took a few more hours for UNM to hand it off to Kansas.
The Lobos stunned the Wyoming Cowboys 17-16 Saturday night to snap a 14-game losing streak dating back to September 21st, 2019 when UNM beat in state rival New Mexico State.
Wyoming was unable to stretch the field in the passing game, which had been the Achilles heel for the Lobos this season. That kept New Mexico in the game throughout. And the Lobos offense did just enough to grab the win.
The Cowboys did run for 283 yards against UNM’s defense, but only mustered 91 passing yards. Coupled with three turnovers, it was a recipe for disaster for the Pokes, who fell to 2-3 on the season.
Quarterbacking for UNM:
The Lobos were on their fourth quarterback on the season in Isaiah Chavez, after he took over from Connor Genal who was injured during the contest.
Chavez was listed as the fifth quarterback on the depth chart back in the spring. Brandt Hughes was injured before the season, and injuries to Tevaka Tuioti, Trae Hall and Genal led to Chavez getting to play.
Chavez hit Bobby Cole on a 44-yard touchdown pass that was the difference in the game. He ended 5-for-10 for 55 yards and a touchdown. Chavez also added 16 yards on seven carries.
Genal’s injury was to his wrist on his non-throwing hand. After the contest head coach Danny Gonzales said that Genal had broken his wrist. That means that against Fresno State the starter at quarterback will either be Chavez or Tuioti. It is highly likely that it will be Chavez. The emergency quarterback is Bryson Carroll, who transitioned from quarterback to running back between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Running game gets it done:
With the Lobos down to their fifth quarterback on the season, they turned to their running game, and it did not disappoint.
UNM went for 223 yards on the ground, led by Bobby Cole’s 131 yards. Nathaniel Jones added 55 yards and a touchdown on his 11 carries.
With Genal now being out for next week’s game against Fresno State, the Lobos will have to once again lean on the running game. Expect another heavy dose of Cole, Jones and Bryson Carroll in that one.
With the win the Lobos are now 1-5 on the season and will end the season next Saturday with a game against Fresno State.
That game will be Senior Day for the Lobos and it will be held in Las Vegas, as have all the other Lobo home games this season.
Fresno State is 3-2 on the season. The Bulldogs lost to Nevada on Saturday, 37-26. The game time will be announced later, but the game is scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports 1.