New Mexico Postgame Notes - Week 4 vs. Sam Houston State
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Release:  09/24/2011

Sept. 24, 2011

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New Mexico Postgame Notes - Week 4 vs. Sam Houston State

-- Game captains for New Mexico: Redshirt freshman OL LaMar Bratton, senior MLB Carmen Messina and junior FS Freddy Young.

--The attendance of 16,313 was UNM's smallest crowd since Nov. 21, 1992 when 11,221 attended the New Mexico-Colorado State game.

--New Mexico has lost six of its last seven Homecoming games. Its only win during that span came against Wyoming in 2007, 24-0.

--UNM's 87-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was its longest of the season.

--SHSU RB Tim Flanders' 61-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest against the UNM defense this season. His 176 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs are the most against UNM this season.

--The Lobos scored a season high in points (45), eclipsing the 13 they scored last week against Texas Tech.

-Season high 10 penalties on UNM for 67 yards. Offense

--Deon Long's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game since Myles Daughtry ran a 100-yard return for a score against UTEP on Oct. 2, 2010. It was the first TD of his Lobo career. He also scored on a 25-yard pass reception in the second quarter - his first TD reception of the season. He finished with four TDs (one kickoff, three receiving) - the most since Rodney Ferguson's four against San Diego State in 2008. He had 378 all-purpose yards - breaks the school's all-time record for all-purpose yards (Terance Mathis, 358, 1989) -- including a career-high 209 yards on nine receptions tied for fifth with Hank Baskett, 2005, Missouri). It's also the best all-purpose yards day in Mountain West history (Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson 375 vs. Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl).

--Senior WR Ty Kirk went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career with his initial reception, an 8-yarder, with 10:17 left in the first quarter. He finished with career-highs of 13 catches and 127 yards.

--QB Tarean Austin's 29-yard run in the second quarter is the longest rush this season for the Lobos. He threw two first-half touchdown passes, marking the first time in his career that he threw for more than one TD pass in a single game. ... He also fumbled in the third quarter, giving him six on the season (four lost).

--QB B.R. Holbrook's 51-yard pass to Deon Long was his longest pass completion of the season. His career long was 57 yards last season. His 283 yards passing are a season-high.

--WR Michael Scarlett's 19-yard TD reception with 9:33 left in the game was the first TD of his career.

--Redshirt freshman LaMar Bratton made his first start at guard this season. Sophomore Dillon Farrell, who started all 12 games at center last season, made his first start there this season against Sam Houston State. OG Mike Muniz did not start due to a sprained ankle. Defense

--Senior DE Jaymar Latchison had a first-quarter sack; it was the ninth of his career. He also forced a fumble, No. 3 for him at UNM.

--Junior LB Joe Stoner made his first start of the season in place of sophomore Dallas Bollema, who was out with a shoulder injury. His fumble recovery in the first quarter was the fifth of his career and is UNM's active career leader in fumble recoveries.

--Freshman CB Devonta Tabannah made the first start of his career.

--Freshman DB Zach Dancel made the first appearance of his career. Special Teams

--The two teams combined to use four punters - SHSU 2 (P Matt Foster, QB Brian Bell), UNM 2 (P Ben Skaer, K James Aho).

--Aho scored nine points, moving into sixth place on UNM's career scoring list with 205 points, surpassing Bob Berg (1973-75).