The New Mexico Lobos dropped their fifth consecutive game of the season on Saturday. This one a 36-7 loss at the hands of the Colorado State Rams. And this loss might be the worst one yet.
The Lobos only mustered 79 yards of offense against the Rams, 63 of which came on the ground. New Mexico completed just 4-of-20 passes for 16 yards. Granted, Terry Wilson was out because of a dislocated elbow suffered last week against San Diego State. Still, CJ Montes had practiced all week with the first team, and yes he is a freshman, but to go just 3-for-19 for 11 yards with two interceptions falls more on the coaching staff than it does on Montes himself. There was no pass protection whatsoever, and Montes’ play was affected by it all night.
Something Has To Change
Say what you want about injuries, this Lobo team has struggled big time on offense. In the five game losing streak the Lobos have been shutout on offense three different times, including the last two games. The only touchdown against CSU was a Luke Wysong punt return for touchdown. Which, by the way, was his first career score.
Yes the Lobos were without their starting quarterback, we’ve covered that, but honestly, not having the next man ready to go falls on both Danny Gonzales and on Derek Warehime. And with that, something has to change. To keep going like they are is aching to be borderline insanity. Given even the offensive struggles of the Lobos with even Wilson in under center leads this writer to think that it’s time to move on from Warehime.
There were a few bright spot that the Lobos can take away from this game. First and foremost is Luke Wysong’s ability in the open field. The Lobos should try to get him the ball more in space and see what he can do with it. At this point and time, any spark to the offense would be huge.
Running back Aaron Dumas showed his potential once again. Dumas carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards in the loss. Honestly, the should’ve given Dumas more than 14 carries in the game, it probably would have kept some pressure off Montes.
The Lobos face another tough test next weekend as they travel to meet the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie. Wyoming is 4-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
New Mexico has lost three of their last four to the Cowboys, but did come up with a 17-16 win last season when UNM called Las Vegas home for the COVID-19 shortened season.
Saturday’s contest will be at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time and can be streamed on Stadium online as well as be heard on the Lobo Radio Network.