Saturday: New Mexico (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West) at Pittsburgh (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference)
Time: 10:30 a.m. MDT
TV: My50TV, ESPN3, ACC Network
Radio: Lobo Radio Network -- KKOB-AM 770
The University of New Mexico football team looks for back-to-back road wins when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to take on the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday morning at Heinz Field. The Lobos are 1-6 all-time in the Eastern Time Zone, their only win coming over Western Michigan 28-12 in the 1961 Aviation Bowl in Dayton, Ohio.
Call Lobo coach Bob Davie “Streak Buster.” UNM broke a 15-game losing streak and a 16-year drought in the state of Texas with a 42-35 overtime victory at UTEP last weekend. Also in 2012, Davie’s Lobos ended a 24-game road losing streak and an 18-game Mountain West road losing streak.
While the programs have no history, Davie has ties to Saturday’s opponent. He was born in Sewickley, Pa., just 12 miles away from Pittsburgh. Davie got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He returned to the Panthers from 1980-82 as linebackers coach. The Panthers led the nation in total defense in 1980 and ’81 and were third in 1982.
Davie has a 2-1 career record against Pittsburgh from his five years as coach at Notre Dame from 1997-2001.
UNM running back Kasey Carrier enters Saturday’s game against the Panthers as the nation’s leading rusher. The senior from Pearland, Texas, is averaging 172.5 yards per game on the ground after his 291-yard effort against UTEP.
Carrier’s performance against the Miners was the second-highest rushing mark in UNM and Mountain West history. He owns the top spot on both lists with his 338-yard rushing game against Air Force in 2012. Carrier also moved into seventh place on UNM’s all-time rushing list. He now has 2,456 career rushing yards.
The Lobos rushed for 395 yards against UTEP, their 11th 300-yard rushing game in 15 contests under Davie.
Junior quarterback Clayton Mitchem won his first career start for the Lobos with his performance against the Miners. Mitchem completed 4 of 7 passes for 88 yards and had nine carries for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He is the 11th quarterback among the last 18 since 1995 to win his first start for the Lobos.
New Mexico is nationally ranked in several categories. It is tied for No. 4 in the nation in fewest penalty yards, giving up 25.0 per game. The Lobos rank seventh in net punting at 44.1 yards per game, are tied for 10th in turnovers lost with one in two games, 16th in kickoff returns at 29.4 yards per run-back and 17th in rushing offense at 294.0 yards per game.
Pittsburgh will be just the second team from the Atlantic Coast Conference that UNM has ever faced. The Lobos lost to North Carolina State and quarterback Phillip Rivers 34-14 in 2002. The Panthers had an off week last week after a season-opening, 41-13 loss to No. 10 Florida State on Labor Day.
Three former NFL players are assistants on Pittsburgh’s staff. Bobby Engram, a 14-year NFL veteran at wide receiver, Hank Poteat, a 10-year cornerback in the league and Brooks Bollinger, who played six years at quarterback, are coaching their respective positions for the Panthers.