101st Rio Grande Rivalry Set for Saturday in Las Cruces
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/06/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 6, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico football team travels to Las Cruces, N.M., Saturday for the 101st meeting in the Rio Grande Rivalry. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. MDT in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live on AggieVision. AggieVision can be seen on channel 77 for Comcast subscribers and channel 682 on DirecTV. Glen Cery will handle the play-by-play with Danny Knee during the color.

The radio broadcast will be available on 770 KKOB and the Lobo Radio Network. Scott Galetti will have the call alongside Greg Remington. The Lobo Radio Network can be heard state wide.

New Mexico will be looking for its first win of the 2010 season Saturday. The Lobos are 0-5 for the second straight year and the sixth time in school history. UNM has lost six straight dating back to last season and is 1-16 under head coach Mike Locksley. The Lobos have lost 12 straight road games dating back to the 2008 victory at New Mexico State.

It all started Jan. 1, 1894 - more than 18 years before the territory of New Mexico was granted statehood - when the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University first competed on the football field.

The rivalry celebrated its 100th game last year. UNM has a 66-29-5 series lead.

The 100 total games makes UNM-NMSU the 35th-longest series in the NCAA record book. Wisconsin-Minnestota is the all-time leader at 118 games. The Lobos and Aggies have played every year since 1946.

New Mexico State is 0-4 after losing 59-0 at home to No. 3 Boise State Saturday. The Aggies have lost six of the last seven meetings with the Lobos. NMSU did pull out a 20-17 victory in University Stadium last year.

Last year, the Lobos finished 1-11 overall and 1-7 in the MWC. New Mexico State was 3-10 in all games and 1-7 in the WAC, finishing in 8th place.

Saturday will be the 101st meeting between the two schools. New Mexico leads the all-time series with New Mexico State, 66-29-3. The Aggies, however, defeated the Lobos, 20-17, last year in Albuquerque. The Rio Grande Rivalry is the oldest series in UNM football history dating back to 1893.

New Mexico has won 33 of the last 41 games dating back to 1969. The Lobos have won eight of the last 10 in the Rio Grande Rivalry and three straight in Las Cruces. UNM leads the all-time series when playing in Las Cruces, 27-16-2.

  • 101st meeting and UNM has a 66-29-3 lead
  • First meeting: 1893, UNM won 25-5 in Albuquerque
  • Lately: Lobos have won eight of the past 10
  • Las Cruces: UNM leads 27-16-2
  • Albuquerque: New Mexico leads 39-13-3
  • Last UNM win in Las Cruces: 35-24 in 2008
  • Last UNM loss in Las Cruces: 24-13 in 2002

    Jeff Fleming hit Marcus Anderson with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds left Saturday to rally New Mexico State to a 20-17 victory over New Mexico.

    The win for the Aggies (2-2) in the teams' 100th meeting breaks a six-game losing streak to UNM (0-4).

    Fleming came off the bench for the Aggies to complete 4 of 5 passes, hitting Anderson on a fourth-and-goal situation.

    Seth Smith gained 113 yards on 31 carries for the Aggies, offsetting the career-high 98 yards that New Mexico's Dennard Dennis totaled.

    The Lobos moved into field-goal position in the final seconds, but James Aho's 47-yarder that would have tied the game was wide right. It was his second miss of the night.

    UNM took a 14-13 lead shortly before halftime when Donovan Porterie hit Chris Biren from two yards out for the Lobos' first touchdown pass in eight games.

    Paul Baker rushed for 146 yards and New Mexico rallied in the fourth quarter to beat New Mexico State 35-24, the Lobos sixth straight victory in the series. An 18-yard touchdown by Jermaine McQueen and a failed 2-point conversion pulled the Lobos to 24-22 with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

    Baker gave New Mexico the lead with a 3-yard TD run with 4:14 left in the game, and James Wright sealed the win with a 44-yard touchdown run two minutes later. Chase Holbrook was 24-for-38 for 382 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown to A.J. Harris on the first snap of the game.

    Redshirt freshman Brad Gruner started at quarterback for New Mexico in place of Donovan Porterie and completed 7 of 16 passes for 55 yards. James Aho kicked three field goals.

    The last four games in the Rio Grande Rivalry have been decided by a combined 21 points...last year, NMSU rallied past the Lobos, 20-17...UNM had to overcome a 14-0 deficit to win 35-24 in Las Cruces during the 2008...in 2007, the Lobos pulled away late in the 4th quarter to break a 27-27 tie at home...in 2006, UNM held on for a 35-28 win in Las Cruces, stopping the Aggies at the 33 after they got the ball back with 1:44 to play.

    New Mexico is one of just three schools in the country that have started three quarterbacks in 2010. The Lobos opened the year with sophomore B.R. Holbrook. Holbrook started the first two games before being injured. UNM has since started junior Brad Gruner against Utah and true freshman Tarean Austin in the last two games.

    1. Louisiana Tech 3
    2. New Mexico 3
    3. North Texas 3

    New Mexico quarterback Tarean Austin (TAR-ean) is one of just seven true freshmen nationally starting. Austin has played in every game this season and made his first start at UNLV on Sept. 24. Three of the seven are in the Mountain West Conference. Austin was the first true freshman to start at QB for New Mexico since Jeremy Leach in 1988.

    Tarean Austin New Mexico
    Rob Bolden Penn State
    Tanner Price Wake Forest
    Jeff Godfrey Central Florida
    Jake Heaps BYU
    Pete Thomas Colorado State

    Junior safety Bubba Forrest is making an impact on the Lobo defense this season. In his first full-time action, Forrest is leading UNM in tackles with 40 stops. In a secondary that is limited with experience, he has tried to provide leadership. Forrest is seven tackles shy of his 2009. He entered the season with 51 career stops.

    Junior kicker James Aho (AE-ho) is tied for fourth on the Lobo all-time career field goals list with 33. Aho is tied with former Lobo great Kenny Byrd and sits 21 kicks shy of the all-time record. This season, Aho has hit 2-of-3 field goals with a season-long 42-yarder at UNLV. His career long is 48 yards and has happened three times. Aho has hit 33-of-48 (.688) career field goals.

    UNM Career Field Goals
    1. 53 David Margolis 1989-92
    2. 41 Colby Cason 1995-97
    41 Bob Berg 1973-75
    4. 33 James Aho 2008-Current
    33 Kenny Byrd 2002-06
    6. 29 Wes Zunker 2001-04
    29 John Sullivan 2004-07

    Four members of the 2010 New Mexico football team have graduated with their undergraduate degrees. Offensive linemen Karlin Givens and Maurice Mears have both graduated. Givens is currently working on a second major in criminology, while Mears is working on his second degree in communications. Senior WR Nick Wilhelm is also working towards a second degree in communications, while LB Cody Neely is currently enrolled in the MBA program.

    The Lobo football program has had outstanding success in the classroom under head coach Mike Locksley. New Mexico football had its second highest grade-point-average (GPA) ever in the spring of 2010 (2.71). The Lobos also recorded a 2010 summer GPA of 3.10. UNM football has had 12 student-athletes named Academic All-Mountain West Conference under Locksley and two scholar-athletes.

    The Lobos have two impact transfers competing in 2010. Defensive tackles Ugo Uzodinma and Reggie Ellis both sat out the 2009 season after transferring from the University of Illinois. Lobo head coach Mike Locksley recruited both of them to Illinois and brought them to New Mexico. Ugo has started every game but one in 2010. Ellis made his first and only career start against nationally-ranked Utah. Both guys have been factors this season and are projected to be major contributors in the future.

    WAITING ON 2011
    The Lobos have three key transfers sitting out the 2010 season. Wide receivers Deon Long and Lamaar Thomas are working on the scout teams this year but are big time athletes. Long transferred from West Virginia and Thomas spent two seasons at Ohio State. Defensively, linebacker Javarie Johnson is a physical player with three years left to play. Johnson transferred to UNM from Maryland.

    Prior to the UNLV game, New Mexico has added some much needed depth at the wide receiver position with Michael Scarlett and Demarcus Rogers being cleared. Both were likely to miss most, if not all, of the 2010 season with injuries suffered in the spring. Scarlett, who injured his knee during the spring game, is returning nearly a month early. Rogers, who injured his achilles tendon early in spring, was expected to miss the year but an early recovery has allowed him to play. Scarlett and Rogers have gone through rehabilitation together and credit each other and the UNM training room for the early return.


  • New Mexico has four players on the roster from Las Cruces in Dante Caro, Zach Daugherty, Chris Hernandez and Freddy Young.

  • Young and Hernandez both played at Mayfield HS...Caro played at Las Cruces HS...Daugherty was a standout at Onate HS.

  • Sophomore safety Freddy Young is the son of former NFL and NMSU standout Fredd Young...Fredd Young played at NMSU from 1980-83.

  • Former Lobo offensive lineman Jason Lenzmeier is currently the offensive line coach at NMSU...he is in his second season with the Aggies...Lenzmeier played at UNM from 2000-03 and was a member of the legendary "Hit Men".

  • Former Lobo offensive lineman Bart Miller is in his first year as an offensive graduate assistant with the Aggies...Miller played at UNM from 2006-07 as a starter and two-year letterman.

    ON THE HORIZON New Mexico will be idle next week. Following the New Mexico State game, UNM will have two weeks to prepare for San Diego State on Oct. 23. Since 1996, the Lobos are 13-2 in games following scheduled "bye" weeks. The only losses during that span are against TCU (27-21) in 2006 and UNLV (34-17) last year. Both of those games were in Albuquerque.

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