2010 New Mexico Football
UNM vs. Oregon - Sept. 4, 2010
*When the Lobos picked off Darron Thomas on the opening drive it marked a red zone stop. In last year's opener against Texas A&M, the Aggies went 6-for-6 in the red zone. Oregon went 6-for-8 in the red zone on the day.
*The 31 points allowed in the second quarter were the most allowed by the Lobos since giving up 28 in the opening 15 minutes to Texas Christian on October 1, 2005, a 49-28 loss in Fort Worthand the 28 point allowed in the first quarter of today's game.
*Oregon's 61-yard punt return touchdown was the first against the Lobos since UCLA's Craig Bragg went 74 yards for a score in a 27-13 Bruin victory. UNLV was credited with a punt return touchdown on November 8, 2008, but that was after a blocked punt. He later scored on a 64-yard return later in the second quarter.
*The 59 first half points were the most allowed since October 5, 1991 when UNM allowed 66 to Fresno State, a game that was 66-7 at the half and ended up 94-17 in favor of Fresno State.
*The 72 was the most points allowed in an opener. The previous high occured in 1988, a 68-21 loss to Fresno State.
*The last time the Lobos were shutout was on November 3, 2007 when they lost 37-0 to Texas Christian in Fort Worth. The 72-0 loss was also the largest margin of defeat in a shutout in the modern era since a 65-0 loss to Brigham Young in Provo in 1988. If you go back to 1910 when the rules were a bit different, New Mexico Military shutout UNM 80-0. New Mexico's largest shutout win by the way was a 108-0 demolition of Northern Arizona in 1916 in Albuquerque.
*New Mexico registered four passes defended with three breakups and an interception. Sophomore linebacker Spencer Merritt had two breakups to lead the Lobos.
*UNM's offensive line protected well, allowing just one sack on the day, and it was for two yards, as New Mexico attempted 29 passes not counting the one play that went as a sack. Oregon was only credited with two QB hurries as well.
*New Mexico's blocked field goal to start the fourth quarter was the first since they blocked one last season against Air Force on September 19, 2009, a 37-13 Falcon win.
*The Lobos were whistled for just two penalties, marking the fourth time in the Locksley era that New Mexico comitted four penalties or fewer, and that comes over just a 13-game span. In fact, New Mexico has committed two or fewer in two of the last three, as they committed just one against Colorado State in the penultimate game last year.
*Fifteen players made their Lobo debuts: Tarean Austin, Martize Barr, Ravonne Carter, Myles Daughtry, Brian Hill, Ben Skaer, Dallas Bollema, Joe Harris, Ugo Uzodinma, Calvin McDowney, Dillon Farrell, Andrew Aho, Reggie Ellis, Jaram Lyles, and Chance Aven.
Sophomore LB Joe Stoner
*His interception to end the opening drive in the OU red zone was the first of his career. He returned it 28 yards and also added four tackles.
Sophomore WR Ty Kirk
*Set a career-high with eight receptions. His previous best was seven, against New Mexico State last season. He had a career-best 105 yards in that contest as well.
Sophomore QB B.R. Holbrook
*Set career game-highs for completions (11) and attempts (24). His previous bests were eight completions on 15 attempts against Air Force for 73 yards. He had 70 against Oregon.
Freshman P Ben Skaer (pronounced SCARE)
*Averaged 41.0 yards per kick on six punts in his first career game. He banged his first 50-yard punt, a 52-yarder in the third quarter.
Freshman KR-WR Myles Daughtry
*In his first game, he totalled a team-high 147 all-purpose yards on nine touches. He returned seven kickoffs for 134 yards, and had two catches for 13 yards.
Junior DE Jaymar Latchison
*Recorded his first career blocked field goal when he got a hand on a low kick by Eric Solis. Latchison also added eight tackles.
Junior LB Carmen Messina
*Recorded just two tackles on the first two drives before leaving the game with an injury.
Sophomore DB A.J. Butler
*Led the Lobos in tackles with 10, recording four solos and six assisted.