June 18, 2013
LOBO FLASHBACKS: Lobo Flashbacks is a summer feature of GoLobo.com looking back on special teams, players, games or moments from the 2012-13 University of New Mexico athletic season.
Flashback No. 1: Kasey Carrier - UNM's workhorse has a special season
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
A 300-yard rushing game is a pretty big deal for any football team's backfield - and offensive line. So, what kind of a big deal is it when a lone running back cracks that elusive barrier?
Well, it becomes a school record.
It's also becomes a Mountain West single-game record.
It also reflects a vital cog for a football team in its efforts to change the culture of a football program.
Probably the most important thing to come out of New Mexico's 2012 football season was coach Bob Davie changing the culture of a struggling program and producing a competitive team that won four games and gave itself a chance to win so many more.
This change in culture wasn't limited to Lobos whom wear football jerseys, pads and helmets. A community of Lobo fans also took notice and an atmosphere of hope was seeded in University Stadium.
And within all those good changes there were exceptional performances by many Lobos. However, it might not be that difficult to toss out one exceptional effort by one exceptional student-athlete: Kasey Carrier.
It's safe to say this: no Lobo has ever chalked up as many rushing yards on the football field - in a game, in a season.
"Who'd have thought? Who'd have thought?" said Davie at the season's end when the record set by DonTrell Moore of 1,450 yards had been shattered by Carrier, who battled sore hamstrings through the entire month of November.
The 5-foot-9 Carrier ended his junior season with 1,469 yards, galloping for 826 yards in October alone. Yeah, Kasey had a number of fine moments, but it's difficult not to hone in on the 338 yards he threw down on Air Force on Oct. 20.
Carrier was pretty much an unknown going into the 2012 season, having redshirted during the 2011 season with an ankle injury and ran for only 373 yards in 2010, which actually was the team's high that season.
He was not an unknown commodity going into the Air Force game, but Carrier rose to another level behind an offensive line that helped UNM rush for 409 yards vs. the Falcons.
UNM, No. 5 in the nation on the ground in 2012, leaned on the rushing game all season. But in this game the Lobos had to really go to the ground with quarterbacks Cole Gautsche and B.R. Holbrook on the bench in the second half.
Carrier was the workhorse, carrying the ball 39 times. At one point, UNM had 314 yards and Carrier had 260 of them. The Falcons knew UNM would be running the ball and knew that Carrier would be the main threat. The Falcons couldn't stop the Lobos - but did win, 28-23 to put a stain on Carrier's special day.
"That is one of the greatest individual efforts I've ever seen in a football game," Davie said of Carrier's 338 yards.