Oct. 9, 2004
New Mexico is off to an 0-2 start in league play for the first time since the Mountain West Conference formed in 1999...UNM began 0-4 in its final season in the Western Athletic Conference...the loss also snaps a 3-game road winning streak for UNM in MWC play...the Lobos are now 9-5 in their past 14 league games...UNM dropped to 2-7 all-time at Air Force with the last win coming in 2000.
Air Force went 3-and-out on its first 5 possessions of the 2nd half before a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Falcons their first 1st down of the half 5 minutes into the 4th quarter (AFA had gained 15 yards on 15 plays up to that point)...the Lobos outscored the Falcons 16-0 in the 3rd quarter and allowed AFA just 22 yards on 12 plays in the period...UNM had allowed just 16 points and 1 touchdown during the 2nd half in its last 4 games before the Falcons found the endzone with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter.
Air Force finished with 239 yards rushing on 53 attempts...it was just the 5th time in the past 53 games (since 2001) that an opponent has gone over 200 yards on the ground against New Mexico...Air Force has surpassed the 200-yard mark twice in that span, rushing for 261 yards in 2002 at Falcon Stadium...the Falcons had just 43 yards on the ground in the second half.
New Mexico's 14-0 first quarter deficit was its largest in 15-games since trailing 14-0 at Texas Tech (Sept. 6) last year...UNM trailed 21-0 at halftime after failing to score on 4th and goal from the AFA 1 yard line and on fourth down pass from the AFA 20...it was the Lobos' largest halftime deficit since falling behind Oregon State 31-7 in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl.
Redshirt freshmen Cody Kase and Martelius Epps both blocked punts that were returned for touchdowns (by true freshman Tyson Ditmore and junior Joe Selander, respectively)...for the Lobos, it was the fourth time in the past 12 games that they have scored a TD off a blocked punt...the Lobos had similar plays last year in wins at San Diego State and Utah...the last 3 blocks have all been recorded by freshmen (Jonathan Harrell vs. Utah)...UNM has blocked 15 punts since the start of the 2000 season, 6 of which have been returned for scores...the Lobos also blocked a punt to set up a TD in their last game at Falcon Stadium in 2002.
New Mexico has scored 4 touchdowns this season on defense or special teams
Junior TB DonTrell Moore returned after missing the last game vs. Utah (strained MCL - left knee) and finished with 110 yards on a season-high 29 carries...it was Moore's first 100-yard day since tallying 165 yards in the season-opener vs. Washington State...Moore has 15 career 100-yard games, including 2 in a row vs. Air Force...in his last 2 games vs. the Falcons, he has carried the ball 65 times for 298 yards (4.6 avg.)...Moore had 71 yards on 19 carries in the first half alone before UNM was forced to throw to get back in the game in the second half.
Junior WR Hank Baskett notched the second 100-yard receiving game of the season and his career, finishing with 107 yards on 5 catches...Baskett had 4 receptions for 100 yards in the first half...the Clovis, N.M. native had 9 catches for 165 in the season-opener vs. Washington State.
Making his first career start, UNM senior QB Tali Ena completed 9-22 passes for 119 yards and an INT...he scored his first career rushing TD on a 3-yard option keeper in the 3rd quarter...Ena had a career-long 57-yard completion to Baskett on the first play of the 2nd quarter.
Senior K Wes Zunker hit a season-long 45-yard field goal and had a career-high 4 touchbacks on kickoffs...senior CB Brandon Payne notched his Division I-leading 13th pass deflection, 1 shy of the UNM single season record.
Today was Rocky Long's 79th game as head coach of the Lobos, tying him with Roy Johnson (1920-30) for second place all-time...Long is 35-44 in his seven years at New Mexico and 20-17 in MWC games.