Nov. 10, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football program is coming off its first win of the year and hits the road this week for a Mountain West Conference showdown with Air Force. The game is set to kickoff at 4:06 p.m. MDT Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.) will broadcast the game live with James Bates handling the play-by-play duties. Bates will be joined by Todd Christensen (analyst) and Natalie Vickers (sidelines). The Mtn., can be seen locally on Comcast channel 276, Cable One channel 329 and DirecTV channel 616.
Saturday's game will also be broadcast on the Lobo Radio Network. Scott Galetti (play-by-play) will call the action alongside Greg Remington (color). The game can be heard in the Albuquerque area on 770 KKOB.
New Mexico football earned its first victory of the season Saturday against Wyoming, 34-31. Junior kicker James Aho nailed a 38-yarder as time expired for the victory. It was the second career win for Lobo head coach Mike Locksley. UNM moved to 1-8 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.
True freshman QB Stump Godfrey made his first start against Wyoming and guided UNM to its first win of the year. Godfrey was 16-for-20 passing for 211 yards and two touchdowns, he also ran for another. Godfrey had 23 rushes for 69 yards and paced the Lobo offense to its best game this season. Godfrey is the third Lobo freshmen to start this year and second true freshmen to start at quarterback. UNM has start four different quarterbacks this season.
UNM is 2-0 under Lobo head coach Mike Locksley during Think Pink games. The Lobos defeated Colorado State last year on the Think Pink game and knocked off Wyoming Saturday.
Saturday will be the 28th all-time meeting between the two programs. Air Force leads the all-time series, 17-10. UNM trails the series 9-2 when playing in Colorado Springs. The Lobos will be looking for their first win at Air Force since 2000, 29-23.
SERIES HISTORY / NOTES
28th meeting and the Falcons have a 17-10 lead
Last year: 37-13 Air Force in Albuquerque
Last time in Colorado Springs: 23-10 Air Force at the Academy
Lately: Falcons have won 5 of the past 6
Air Force leads 6-5 in MWC competition
Colorado Springs: Air Force leads 9-2 and won the last three meetings
Albuquerque: Air Force leads 8-7, but Lobos have won 4 of last 6
Team with the time of possession advantage has won 10 of the past 11
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH TROY CALHOUN
Former cadet Troy Calhoun (Air Force `89) is 31-18 in his 4th year as a collegiate head coach. He is 2-1 against the Lobos.
LAST YEAR VS. AIR FORCE
Jon Davis intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, to lead Air Force to a 37-13 victory over New Mexico on Saturday.
The Falcons (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) defense held the Lobos (0-3, 0-1) to 290 total yards and forced four turnovers in the conference opener for both teams.
Davis snared his first interception at the end of the first quarter, returning it 38 yards for a score to put the Falcons up 17-0.
Air Force played most of the game without starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, who left in the first quarter with an injured ankle. He was replaced by backup quarterback Connor Dietz, who directed the Falcons to a series of short scores.
The Falcons, which entered the game leading the country in rushing, rolled up 298 yards on the ground. Asher Clark led the way with 86 yards on 20 carries.
James Wright had touchdown runs of 43 and 84 yards and finished with 125 yards for the Lobos.
It was the third straight blowout loss for New Mexico, which scored its first offensive touchdown of the season, breaking a drought that had stretched 15 quarters.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
Air Force is 6-4 on the season and 3-3 during conference play. The Falcons defeated Army last week 42-22 snapping a three-game skid. Air Force captured the Commander-In-Chief Trophy for the first time since 2002. Head coach Troy Calhoun leads Air Force and is in his fourth year. The Falcons are bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season.
The Falcons offense is heavily based on the run with 557 rushes compared to 126 passing attempts. Asher Clark is the top rusher for Air Force with 824 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Jefferson has the most touchdowns. Jefferson has 11 rushing touchdowns and has thrown for nine. Jon Warzeka has the most receptions with 15 for 348 yards.
Defensively, Air Force has 11 sacks and 10 interceptions. Jon Davis is the top tackler with 78 stops. Brady Amack is second on the team with 72 tackles, while Jordan Waiwajole is third with 69. Pat Hennessey is the sack leader with eight.
GODFREY TIES SCHOOL MARK
True freshman quarterback Stump Godfrey tied a school record for completion percentage against Wyoming. Godfrey was 16-of-20 passing for 211 yards. He became just the third quarterback all-time at New Mexico to have an 80 percent completion percentage. Godfrey joins Stan Quintana (8-10) and Stoney Case (8-10).
The Lobos have had back-to-back games without a turnover for the first time since 2005. The last time UNM hasn't had a turnover in back-to-back games was Sept. 5, 2005 (UNLV) and Sept. 11, 2005 (at Missouri).
REED HAS CAREER GAME
New Mexico sophomore Lucas Reed as emerged as one of the top tight ends in the country. Reed had a career performance Saturday against Wyoming and helped UNM win its first game of the 2010 season. Reed had a career-high seven catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first career 100-yard game and tied his career mark for touchdowns in a game.
His first touchdown against the Cowboys came on a one-handed grab over a UW defender in the second quarter. His ability to make the catch was remarkable but his awareness to keep his feet in-bounds was exceptional. His second touchdown was a career-long 40-yarder that tied the game at 24-24 in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Stump Godfrey hit Reed on the run and he was able to get up field for the score.
Reed has had four touchdowns in the last three games. During the last three games, Reed has 15 catches for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is averaging 15.5 yards per catch during the span.
AHO EARNS WEEKLY HONOR
New Mexico kicker James Aho has been named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Aho, a junior from Roswell, N.M., earned his first conference award of the year and fourth of his career. Aho kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to help New Mexico snap a nine-game losing streak with a 34-31 win over Wyoming. The Roswell, N.M., product also connected on a career-best 51-yard attempt at the 9:30 mark of the third quarter to pull the Lobos to within four at 21-17. Aho also connected on all four of his extra point attempts against the Cowboys, finishing the contest with 10 points
ON THE HORIZON
The Lobos will remain on the road next week at BYU. UNM heads into Provo for a final MWC showdown with Cougars. BYU will go independent next year in football. The Cougars lead the all-time series 44-14-1 and have won the last five meetings. The game will be broadcast live on the Mtn. The season finale is set for Saturday, Nov. 27 at home against nationally-ranked TCU. The TCU-UNM game will be Senior Day for the Lobos.
PHIL STEELE'S MIDSEASON AWARDS
New Mexico football had four players named to the Midseason All-American team by Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Offensively, senior WR Bryant Williams, senior OT Byron Bell and sophomore TE Lucas Reed were named third team. Redshirt freshman Myles Daughtry was named third team kickoff return.
LOBOS AMONG TACKLE LEADERS
New Mexico has two defensive players among the best in the Mountain West Conference. Junior safety Bubba Forrest and junior linebacker Carmen Messina are tied for sixth in the conference in tackles with 76 and are averaging 8.4 stops per game. Messina, who has been battling a high ankle sprain all season, led the nation in tackles last year. Other Lobos are listed including sophomores Joe Stoner (21st) and Spencer Merritt (27th).
HERNANDEZ IS MAKING AN IMPACT
Senior wide receiver Chris Hernandez has made an impact this season. The Las Cruces, N.M., native is 10th in the Mountain West Conference for receptions per game with 3.3. Hernandez has 30 catches for 233 yards this season. His impact has not only influenced the offense but he has emerged as an outstanding special teams player. Hernandez recovered the on-sides kick at Colorado State.
UNM TO HONOR SENIORS ON NOV. 27
The Lobo football program will recognize 14 seniors on Saturday, November 27. It's the smallest senior class since 2002 (10). The TCU will be the final home game of the 2010 season. The senior activities will take place prior to the game. The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. MDT.