Oct. 25, 2011
Saturday: Air Force at New Mexico
Time: 12:06 p.m.
TV/Radio: The Mtn.-HD (Comcast Ch. 276, DirecTV Ch. 616)/770 KKOB-AM
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Briefly: The University of New Mexico football team (0-7, 0-2 Mountain West) returns home after a tough two-game stretch to face Air Force (3-4, 0-3) at 12:06 p.m. at University Stadium. While the Lobos were expected to struggle with a last-place prediction in the preseason MW media poll, the Falcons were picked third in the league. AFA has played the league's three best teams (TCU, San Diego State and Boise State), accounting for its winless MW record.
The Mtn. will carry the game in HD with Bill Doleman on play-by-play, Jay Leeuwenburg as analyst and Toby Christensen as sideline reporter. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will call the game on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico faces a character test in trying to rebound from its 69-0 defeat at TCU last weekend. The Horned Frogs held the Lobos to 85 yards of total offense, which were the fewest by a UNM team since 1988 when the offense managed just 66 yards in a 47-0 loss at Texas.
The Lobos are looking for one of their two QBs to get the offense moving consistently. Junior B.R. Holbrook has begun slowly during his three starts the last three weeks, but fumbles by running backs James Wright and Crusoe Gongbay in the first quarter put UNM in a hole and forced Holbrook to play from behind against a TCU defense that thrives with a lead. Sophomore QB Tarean Austin had as much trouble against the Horned Frogs defense when he entered in the second quarter.
UNM has sorely missed redshirt freshman wide receiver Deon Long. Long has missed the the Lobos last seven quarters because of a toe injury. Long set school and MW records with 378 all-purpose yards vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, scoring four TDs (three receiving and one kickoff). The yardage also ranks as the highest this season in college football. Long leads the MW in receiving at 96.7 yards per game.
Air Force is coming off a valiant effort in a 37-26 loss at No. 5/5 Boise State (AP/USA Today rank) last weekend. The Falcons have the top-ranked offense in the conference at 492.3 yards per game. Halfback Asher Clark ranks third in the MW in rushing at 82.7 yards per game, and senior QB Tim Jefferson is two yards shy of 1,000 yards passing on the season. Senior linebacker Brady Amack leads the MW with an average of 10.1 tackles per game.
New Mexico and Air Force will meet for the 29th time since the series began in 1957. AFA leads 18-10. The Falcons have won six of the last seven games, including the
last three, to take command of the series.
The Lobos had won four of the previous five. Air Force stunned UNM 42-24 in the 2005 regular-season finale that prevented the Lobos from going to a bowl game. UNM
upset the Falcons 33-28 in the last game of the 1999 season as Air Force missed the postseason.