Lobo Football Hosts San Diego State Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 20, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football team hosts San Diego State Saturday for the 37th all-time meeting. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. MDT in University Stadium.

The game will be broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network. The Mtn., can be seen on channel 276 for Comcast subscribers and channel 616 on DirecTV. Tim Neverett will handle the play-by-play with Jay Leeuwenburg during the color. Randy Gatewood will handle the sidelines Saturday.

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 statewide.

New Mexico will be looking for its first win of the 2010 season Saturday. The Lobos are 0-6 for the second straight year and the fourth time in school history. UNM has lost seven straight dating back to last season and 21 of its last 22 games. The Lobos are 1-17 under head coach Mike Locksley.

San Diego State leads the series with UNM, 21-15, but UNM has won eight of the last nine games. The Aztecs pulled out a 23-20 victory in San Diego last year.

The SDSU game will be the first of two games for "Fans Feeding Families". "Fans Feeding Families" is a canned food drive organized by the Lobo coaches wives and the Roadrunner Food Bank. Fans can donate two items and receive a $8 cherry level ticket. To receive the discounted ticket, fans must take donations to the UNM ticket office. Fans who just wish to donate can bring goods to the game on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6.

Since 1996, New Mexico is 13-2 in games following schedule "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 played in Albuquerque.

Saturday will also feature the return of former head coach Rocky Long. Long is in his second season as the defensive coordinator at SDSU. He is a 1974 UNM graduate and star quarterback from 1969-71. Long is the winningest coach in Lobo history with 65 victories. He guided UNM for 11 seasons (1998-08) and he oversaw the most prosperous seven-year stretch in program history from 2001-07 when UNM averaged seven wins per season, was bowl eligible every season and participated in five postseason games.

The wives of the New Mexico football coaching staff are sponsoring a canned food drive called "Fans Feeding Families". The event is partnered with the Roadrunner Food Bank to provide meals for families in the Albuquerque area during the holiday season. Fans will receive an $8 discounted cherry level general admission ticket with two donations.

To receive the discounted ticket, Fans must drop off donations at the Lobo ticket office prior to game days. Those wishing to donate on game days will be able to drop off goods at bins located throughout University Stadium on Oct. 23 and Nov. 6.

The non-perishable foods include boxed meal, canned entrees, canned fruit, canned meats, canned vegetables, cereals, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, rice, soup and sugars. Please make sure all items have a label of ingredients and they are not homemade.

The Lobo ticket office is located at the northwest corner of University and Cesar Chavez. For more information contact Argy Maniatis in the UNM marketing department at (505) 925-5621 or the Lobo football office at (505) 925-5700.

LOBOS COMING OFF A BYE WEEK 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.

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 NMSU. True freshman Tarean Austin started at UNLV and UTEP.

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

New Mexico is 0-6 for the second straight year and the fourth time in school history. The Lobos are one of three winless programs in Division I football. Last season, UNM went 0-10 before upsetting Colorado State at home.

Akron 0-7
New Mexico 0-6
Western Kentucky 0-6