Nov. 1, 2011
Lobo Football: Saturday at San Diego State
Time: 6:06 p.m. MST
TV/Radio: The Mtn./770 KKOB-AM
Briefly: The Lobos (0-8, 0-3 Mountain West) travel to the West Coast to try to get their first 2011 win against San Diego State (4-3, 1-2) and former Lobo head coach Rocky Long, who’s now commandeering the Aztecs. UNM’s last win outside the state of New Mexico was a 20-17 nail-biter in 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego with Long in charge of the Lobos.
The Mtn. will carry the game in HD with Ari Wolfe on play-by-play, Blaine Fowler as analyst and Jenny Cavnar as sideline reporter. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will call the game on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico looks to end its offensive drought after being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 1988 when UTEP (37-0) and Brigham Young (65-0) accomplished the feat on the same dates -- Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, respectively.
The Lobos are counting on junior B.R. Holbrook to bring some stability to an offense that has been beseiged by injuries. All three starting wide receivers and a backup, two starting offensive linemen, two running backs and a backup tight end all have missed time this season because of various ailments. That has figured into the team’s 188.3 yard-per-game average in its last three outings.
UNM standout redshirt freshman wide receiver Deon Long, who has been dealing with a foot injury, returned last week against Air Force after missing the TCU game. He had a team-high five catches for 29 yards in a limited role. Long’s explosiveness showed when he 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.
The Aztecs enter Saturday’s game coming off a 30-27 upset loss to Wyoming last weekend. Sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman, who leads the nation with an average of 151 rushing yards per game, ran for 224 and two TDs vs. the Cowboys. Senior QB Ryan Lindley is a four-year starter who is averaging 218.9 passing yards per game on 50.2 percent passing. Senior nose tackle Jerome Long and senior outside linebacker Miles Burris have combined for 85 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks in ’11.