April 19, 2005
Another successful spring football season for the University of New Mexico concludes this Saturday, April 23 with the annual Cherry-Silver game, beginning at 4 p.m. at the UNM practice fields. The Cherry-Silver game will mark practice No. 15 and the seventh full pads scrimmage of the spring season. Gates open at 3 p.m. and admission is free for the public. Following the two-hour practice, fans are encouraged to stick around to meet and have autographs signed by their favorite Lobo players. The weather forecast projects an ideal Spring afternoon in Albuquerque with partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid-70s and light winds blowing at just 13 miles per hour.
Saturday's event will offer fans a rare opportunity to see and hear the power of Lobo football up close with the change in venue to the scenic UNM practice fields, located on the south side of University Stadium and the L.F. "Tow" Diehm Facility. The public seating area will be outside of the north end zone and on the tree-shaded grassy hill on the east side of the practice field, putting the fans no more than 20 yards away from the action. Limited concessions will be available, so fans are welcome to bring sack lunches, picnic or tailgate in the hammer throw field northeast of the practice fields.
The Cherry-Silver game will consist of a series of hard-hitting offense versus defense scrimmages. Quarterbacks wearing the black jerseys will be off limits, but every other player will be live for full contact. The offense will open with the ball on its own 20-yard line and will keep possession until a score, turnover or punting scenario. Field goals and extra points will be the only live kicking situations. First, second and third string units on both offense and defense will rotate in and out throughout the scrimmage. With several spots on the depth chart still up for grabs, Saturday's practice will be the last time for players to make an impression on the coaching staff in a live, full contact game simulation scrimmage until preseason camp begins in early August.
The UNM marketing department will also have a kiosk set-up in the picnic area for any fans interested in 2005 season ticket information. The Lobos open the 2005 season at home against Mountain West Conference foe UNLV on Sept. 3. New Mexico will also welcome the rival New Mexico State Aggies on Sept. 17 and Bronco Mendenhall's BYU Cougars for the homecoming game on Oct. 8. Colorado State comes to town on Friday, Oct. 28 for a nationally-televised showdown on ESPN2, followed by Air Force in the Nov. 19 home and regular season finale.