Last weekend, Lobo football defeated Texas State for their third victory of the year, equalling their total wins from the last three seasons combined. When coach Bon Davie took over the cherry and silver head coaching duties, not even the most jaded Lobo fan could have imagined such a convincing turnaround.
Under former coach Locksley's tenure, there was a certain bit of infamy regarding his comments that the Lobos were going to need to add another digit to their scoreboard because they were going to be piling on the points. So far this season, the Lobos are nowhere near that ambitious boasting, but they are averaging more than 28 points a game, which far surpasses their previous records. Consider that in 2011, the Lobos scored a meager 17 touchdowns over the whole season and 21 in each of the two before that.
Unlike the Lobos' first victory this season, their last two have come over respectable if not powerhouse Division I schools. The win two weeks ago against the Aggies was more than a moral victory, as the intra-state rivalry is important to most sports-loving New Mexicans. But the lack of a blow out last week against powerful Boise State seemed to say even more. With this game now adding to the Lobos self-esteem and win total, things seem to be primed for a turnaround.
There are a few issues with declaring the future to be a bed of roses, however. First of all, the game against the Bobcats wasn't pretty. New Mexico managed a lone completed pass in the entire game. The rushing yards were ample, making up for the lack of a passing game in this instance, but it's not going to be enough in the future. The Lobos have now rushed for more than 400 yards in 4 separate games, but they'll need to balance out the attack in order to get these kinds of wins over more quality opponents.
And the more quality opponents are on their way. All of the games from this point are conference matches, and the Lobos currently sit at 7th in the Mountain West. Staring up at our opponents is not necessarily the way we want to start conference play but, fortunately, next week the Lobos face Hawaii - one of the three teams that hasn't won a game in our conference thus far.
If the winning ways can keep up, even just for next week, the Lobos can lay claim to something they haven't had in more than four years: a winning record halfway through the season.