March 2, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico's 2012 football schedule is complete, as Mountain West officials finalized its portion today. The Lobos will play 13 games, thanks to an NCAA rule allowing teams that travel to Hawaii to schedule an extra game.
The Mountain West will announce game times and the television schedule later this spring.
Five games against 2011 bowl teams highlight the Lobos' schedule, including home games against Wyoming, Nevada and Boise State - which finished No. 6 in the USA Today/Coaches Top-25 Poll and No. 8 in The Associated Press Poll - and road games at Texas and Air Force. UNM will play six of its 13 games at University Stadium.
The Lobos do not have a bye week in 2012. The last time UNM played all its games in succession was 2008.
"The releasing of our schedule reinforces the sense of urgency and responsibility we all must share in building this program," coach Bob Davie said. "Our coaching staff and players embrace the challenge ahead of us."
New Mexico will look to end a six-game losing streak in season openers when it plays host to Football Championship Subdivision member Southern on Sept. 1. The Lobos then face an arduous three road-game stretch at Big 12 foes Texas on Sept. 8 and Texas Tech on Sept. 15, and in-state rival New Mexico State on Sept. 22 in the Rio Grande Rivalry.
The Lobos will open conference play on Sept. 29 at home against Boise State. It's the sixth straight season that UNM will have started league play at home.
UNM welcomes Texas State and former Lobo coach Dennis Franchione to University Stadium for homecoming on Oct. 6. Franchione guided the program from 1992-97, leading New Mexico to a 9-4 record and its first bowl appearance (the Insight.com Bowl) in 36 years during his final season.
UNM will play MW newcomer Hawaii for the first time since 1998 when it travels to Honolulu on Oct 13. New Mexico defeated the Rainbow Warriors 30-20 in Hawaii during their last meeting. The Lobos head back out on the road the following week to take on Air Force on Oct. 20.
New Mexico also will renew what was a heated rivalry in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Fresno State. The Bulldogs, also entering the Mountain West, visits UNM on Oct. 27 - the first game between the schools since 1998 (a 28-20 Bulldogs win at University Stadium).
The Lobos travel to UNLV on Nov. 3, then return home to face 2011 New Mexico Bowl participant Wyoming on Nov. 10. UNM takes on Nevada for the first time as a conference rival on Nov. 17 at University Stadium.
UNM concludes its season on Nov. 24 at Colorado State.