NEW MEXICO vs. AIR FORCE
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003
University Stadium - Albuquerque, N.M.
Today's attendance: 35,132...New Mexico's 2003 season average is a school record 35,127 (7 games)...the previous record was 31,268 in 2001.
The Lobo defense held the Air Force offense to season-lows for points (12), rushing yards (158) and total offense (273)...defensively, UNM is allowing just 282.5 yards over the past 4 games
Air Force came into the game averaging 30.7 points, 301.8 yards rushing and 406.7 yards of total offense through its first 10 games
New Mexico's four scoring drives measured 12 plays, 59 yards and 5:33, 10-76-4:20, 11-75-6:01 and 11-67-5:43...the 6:01 drive is UNM's longest this season from a time standpoint
After no wins over teams with winning records since the middle of the 2001 season, the Lobos' last three wins (Utah, Colorado State, Air Force) have come against teams with winning records
New Mexico has won four of its past five games against Air Force...the Falcons have been held to an average of 169 yards rushing over the past four games against UNM
UNM is 5-0 this year when scoring first...17-3 over the past 4 years.
New Mexico had recorded at least one sack in 23 straight games entering the day, but had none this afternoon...the last time the Lobos did not have a sack was the 2002 season-opener at North Carolina State
The Lobos were 4-4 in the red zone with three touchdowns and one field goal....UNM is 41-45 inside the 20 on the year, scoring on 15 straight trips.
UNM's opponents have scored touchdowns on just 16 of their 31 trips in the redzone this year...Air Force only scored one touchdown on four trips inside the redzone and was forced to settle for two field goals inside the 20...Brandon Ratcliff's fourth quarter INT was the Lobos' 5th interception in the redzone this year (4 vs. MWC foes).
Daniel Gawronski recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including nine solo tackles...Terrell Golden also had a season-high 10 tackles.
DonTrell Moore rushed for 188 yards today on a career-high 36 carries to set the UNM single-season rushing record with 1,285 yards...Moore passed Mike Williams, who rushed for 1,240 yards (11 games) in 1976...this was Moore's 8th 100-yard game of the year (12th career)...he has surpassed the century mark in four straight games to tie another Williams' mark...Moore has rushed for over 100 yards in 8 consecutive home games (and 9 of 10)...Moore is averaging 186.7 yards in his last 3 games...Moore's two rushing touchdowns today set the UNM career rushing touchdown mark with 32...Moore moved by Stoney Case who rushed for 31 touchdowns from 1991-94.
UNM did not turn the ball over for the second straight game, a feat that last accomplished against Air Force and Utah during the 2000 season...the Lobos did force one turnover and have now forced 19 turnovers in the past seven games.
Casey Kelly moved into a tie for the top spot in wins for a starting quarterback with the 24-12 victory today...Kelly is now tied with Jim Cromartie at 18 wins...Kelly is 18-12 in 30 carer starts
Wes Zunker was 1-for-1 today with a 23 yard field goal...Zunker has now made 14 consecutive field goal attempts, two short of the school record
With the win today New Mexico becomes bowl eligible for the second consecutive season with at least 6 wins over NCAA Division I opponents...the win also moves UNM into second place all alone in the MWC and keeps their MWC Championship hopes alive.