Nov. 13, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- If the New Mexico Lobos could have cloned Carmen Messina into several other Lobo defenders, the scoreboard that favored the Falcons 48-23 might have been different.
The Lobo linebacker was everywhere Saturday at Air Force and almost had to be everywhere against a Falcon veer attack that pretty much had its way with the UNM defense. Messina was involved in 17 tackles against Air Force as the Falcons ran this way and that way, but didn't have much luck in avoiding Messina.
Still, the Falcons racked up 373 yards on the ground and totaled 461 yards on offense to drop the Lobos to 1-9 on the season. The Lobos have two games left in 2010: a visit to Brigham Young next on the horizon before that much-anticipated season-ender with the TCU Horned Frogs. Air Force bumped its record to 7-4 and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Lobos got a solid game from freshman quarter back Stump Godfrey for the second Saturday in a row. Godfrey went 14-of-24 through the air for 99 yards. He added 41 yards on the ground.
The Lobos' offense churned out 258 yards against the Falcons, but didn't move the ball consistently enough to challenge the Falcons - especially since the Lobos didn't have much luck in stopping the Falcons' veer attack.
Air Force had 31 first downs to 15 for UNM. Air Force also did what it usually does with its ground control game. It kept the UNM offense on the sidelines. The Falcons won the time of possession battle 34:43 to 24:13.
The game started almost perfectly for the Lobos as Air Force's Asher Clark fumbled on the Falcons' first play from scrimmage and Messina recovered. James Wright went five yards, Godfrey ran for nine and Wright bulled for eight yards followed by a two-yard touchdown plunge.
That early miscue seemed to fire up the Falcons as they rolled out five touchdowns to a James Aho field goal for UNM and Air Force was up 35-10. You get that far behind the ball control Falcons in Colorado Springs and you are in trouble.
The two teams both scored two more touchdowns apiece to form the 48-23 final. Godfrey led UNM on an impressive 12-play drive early in the fourth quarter to cut Air Force's lead to 35-17. Godfrey capped the drive with a 14-yard TD pass to Ty Kirk. UNM used a 9-play drive to make it 41-23 with Godfrey going over from six yards out to produce the score.
Air Force scored with 1:04 to play to form the 48-23 final.
Casey Carrier led UNM on the ground with 79 yards on 14 carries. Wright had 34 yards on seven totes. The Lobos' ran for 159 yards total. Tight end Lucas Reed had four catches for 54 yards, good for a 13.5 average. Kirk pulled in four passes for 26 yards, including his TD.
Air Force got 95 yard on the ground from Clark and Nathan Walker. Tim Jefferson added 78 yards as the Air Force veer consistently pounded away at the UNM defense.