Dec. 30, 2004
New Mexico lost their fourth straight bowl game, leaving a 28-12 victory over Western Michigan in the 1961 Aviation Bowl as the Lobos' last postseason win...the loss snapped a 5-game winning streak for UNM, which finishes the season with a 7-5 record.
The Lobos' 419 yards of total offense were the most in New Mexico's 9-game bowl history...the previous-best was 378 yards in a 34-24 victory over Denver in the 1946 Sun Bowl...19 points scored is the third-highest total by UNM in a bowl game (34 in 1946 Sun Bowl, 28 in 1961 Aviation Bowl).
Quarterback Kole McKamey became the first Lobo in 7 years to both rush and pass for over 100 yards in a game, finishing with 138 yards on the ground and 207 yards through the air...Graham Leigh was the last to accomplish the feat, rushing for 102 yards and passing for 171 in a UNM victory over BYU in 1997...McKamey is the 11th player in UNM history to join the 100/100 club...current head coach Rocky Long was the first to throw and run for over 100 yards, doing so in 1969 and 1971.
McKamey has rushed for 290 yards on 34 carries (8.5 avg.), including a pair of TDs, in his last two games...he had gained only 126 net yards in the first 9 games of the year.
Navy's 24 points were the most allowed by the Lobos in the first half this year...the previous high was 21 points scored by Texas Tech, Utah and Air Force...those 3 teams, however, combined to score just 17 points in the second half (6 by Texas Tech, 7 by Utah, 7 by Air Force)...the Midshipmen went on to score 10 more points in the second half for a total of 34, the most by a UNM opponent this year.
Junior WR Hank Baskett notched his 4th 100-yard game of the season, finishing with a game-high 115 yards on 5 catches...Baskett's 908 receiving yards this year are the most by a Lobo since All-American Pascal Volz had 1,229 in 1997.
Junior TB DonTrell Moore, a unanimous first team all-MWC honoree, left the game late in the first quarter with an injured left knee and did not return...he finished with 8 yards on 5 carries...Moore suffered a sprained MCL in the same knee during an earlier game this year at New Mexico State.
New Mexico fell to 1-4 this year in games where either QB Kole McKamey or TB DonTrell Moore missed significant time due to injury...the lone win was a 38-3 victory at New Mexico State after Moore missed the second half with a knee injury...UNM was 6-1 with both starters healthy, only falling in its season-opener vs. Washington State.
UNM had won 11 straight games when scoring first before Navy rallied from an early 7-0 deficit today.
Senior Wes Zunker's missed extra point in the 2nd quarter snapped a string of 46 straight PAT conversions, which was one shy of tying the UNM record...Zunker's last miss came after a bad snap in the second quarter at Utah last year.
UNM turned the ball over 3 times and did not force a single Navy turnover...the Lobos' first 2 miscues led to Navy touchdowns...New Mexico failed to cause a turnover for only the second time all season (Air Force)...UNM, which ranked 10th nationally with a +1.1 turnover margin, had lost the ball just 4 times during its 5-game winning streak, while forcing 15 opponent turnovers.
Navy's final scoring drive of 26 plays, 94 yards over a 14:26 span was easily the longest by a UNM opponent this year...UNM had twice allowed drives of 14 plays this year, with the longest TOP being a 7:40 possession by Texas Tech...Colorado State owned the previous yardage mark with a 92-yard TD drive.
Navy QB Aaron Polanco's 136 yards and 3 TDs were the most by a UNM opponent this year.
New Mexico Sr. LB Nick Speegle finished with 7 tackles, moving past safeties Scott McGarrahan and Billy Austin for 14th on the all-time list with 317 career stops.