On Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobos started hot. The cherry and silver squad scored 21 points in the first quarter, running up 217 yards in the first twelve minutes alone. However, the energy could not be sustained, the Rebels of UNLV came out with almost as much steam, and the Lobos ultimately fell 56-42, scoring consecutively less per quarter in a game that seemed an almost certain win at many points early in the evening.
While the Lobo offense was humming in the first quarter, UNLV came right back at the UNM in the second quarter. The Lobos registered another 14 points, UNLV another 21, and the score was knotted at 35-35 come halftime. The running games maintained its domination of the offense, especially for the Lobos, who gained another 183 yards. The two teams combined at half for 749 yards, but the tie score wouldn't remain that way for long.
The Rebels started to utilize the passing game and took advantage of a Lobo fumble, and held the previously unfettered running game to a mere 97 more yards in the entire second half. Two consecutive touchdowns by UNLV in the span of a mere three minutes seemed to break the Lobos willpower to mount any kind of comeback.
With the loss, the Lobos drop to 1-3 for the year. Coach Bob Davie said, post-game, that the first half was unbelievable but admitted that the end result depended on being able to stop the other team. The offense has proved their capabilities, especially in the first half of Saturday's action, but the defense of the cherry and silver needs to continue to work in order to right UNM's year.
Looking past the sting of the defeat, the night also brought about a school record of three players each rushing for more than 100 yards: Kasey Carrier, Carlos Wiggins and quarterback Cole Gautsche each accomplished the feat.