New Mexico won a wild game against Air Force which was played at the Cotton Bowl — more on that later — 45-40.
This game featured the top two rushing attacks in the nation and they did not disappoint. The Falcons and Lobos combined for 974 yards and eight scoring drives of 70-plus yards.
The Lobos once again used that patented running attack to in the win and were led by the return of starting tailback Teriyon Gipson who rushed for 140 and a touchdown but did so one just nine carries. Tyrone Owens also rushed past the century mark with 126 yards and a score as well.
Air Force’ offense moved the ball well through the ground and the air but it was their defense that could not stop this Lobos attack. It was just a few weeks ago that the Falcons defense was being praised after they held Navy to just 14 points, and all of that was in the final quarter.
The main difference in this game was that Air Force kicked a pair of field goals while New Mexico’s scoring drives were all touchdowns.
“We have to move more swiftly when we play against an opponent that talented with the way they run it, especially on the perimeter,” Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said after the loss. “I think that was the biggest thing that was obvious, just not being able to get to some plays on the perimeter.”
Another issue for Air Force was their third down offense and defense. The Falcons converted only 3 of 11 times on third down and also were just 1 of 3 on 4th downs. On the other side, the Lobos were able to get past the Falcons defense by going 9 of 15 on third down attempts.
A pair of those missed fourth downs were pass plays by Falcons quarterback Nate Romine that fell incomplete. Romine did have a career high 280 yards passing in the loss.
“It’s just like, ‘Come on,’” said Romine. “That’s not directed toward anyone, it’s just the situation. We rattle off these great plays but we’re running out of time and we get hurt by penalties.”
I believe that “come on” quote can be squarely directed at the defensive side of the ball, for the most part.
Air Force did rally to get back into this game. They trailed 42-27 midway through the third quarter after another Lobos touchdown. Then the rest of the way the Falcons defense showed up and allowed just three points the rest of the way by forcing New Mexico to go three-and-out four consecutive teams after their field goal.
The offense came back to trail by five points but the two-point conversion attempt to make it a field goal game was an incomplete roll out pass.
Air Force had two more possessions but they ended up giving the ball up on downs and losing the game.
As for this game at the Cotton Bowl, this was entirely up to Air Force to move a home game to Dallas. Not sure what thinking went to it outside of being able to play at the Cotton Bowl and that the team had 28 players from the state.
The Lobos signed up to be the road team since they recruit Texas as they too have a number of players on their roster from the Lone Star state.
However, those interested in attending the game.... Well, here are pictures of the attendance pre game and then again during the fourth quarter.
Pre game of Cotton Bowl attendance:
The Cotton Bowl is, well, pretty empty for Air Force and New Mexico. 10 minutes till game time. pic.twitter.com/GCJDY4OdN7— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) October 15, 2016
Fourth quarter attendance:
Announced attendance for today's New Mexico vs. Air Force game: 18,230. pic.twitter.com/DWX12zzSkt— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) October 15, 2016
To be fair of these photos the image below the press box looked much more full than the opposite side.
This game had 85 points and for those in attendance were treated to a great show at the Cotton Bowl.
Here is a video recap of the game that also goes into a bit further detail on the rest of the season for both teams, and specifically if the Lobos will go bowling.
Remember that time the Mountain West played a regular season game at the Cotton Bowl?由 Mountain West Connection 貼上了 2016年10月15日