Nov. 24, 2010
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Lobos (1-10, 1-6 MWC) complete their 112th season Saturday when they host No. 4 TCU (11-0, 7-0 MWC). Kickoff is 2:06 p.m., from University Stadium.
At No. 4 in the USA Today and AP polls, TCU is the highest ranked team UNM has faced in 25 years. The Horned Frogs were ranked No. 4 last year when the Lobos played in Fort Worth. On Oct. 25, 1984, the Lobos fell to No. 4 BYU 48-0 in Albuquerque. The Cougars went on to win the national championship that season.
Saturday's game will be televised live nationally in high definition on the Versus Network. It will be the first time this season UNM has been broadcast on the Versus Network. Ted Robinson will handle the play-by-play duties, while Kelly Stouffer will be the analyst and Lindsay Soto is the sideline reporter.
New Mexico will honor its 14 seniors Saturday. The festivities will be held prior to the game. This is the smallest senior class since 10 in 2002. UNM defeated Colorado State last year on Senior Day.
The Lobos are 1-4 at home this year but are coming off a 34-31 victory over Wyoming in University Stadium.
TCU is 11-0 for the second year in a row. Prior to the last two seasons, TCU last went 11-0 in 1938, capped off by a win over Carnegie Tech in the national championship game. TCU has made five straight bowl games including a BCS appearance last year.
TCU is coming off a bye week and beat San Diego State, 40-35, in its last outing.
The Horned Frogs have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 454-120 this season. That's an average score of 41.3 to 10.9.
LOBOS LAST OUTING - AT BYU
Jake Heaps threw two touchdown passes to fellow freshman Cody Hoffman and ran for another score as BYU earned bowl eligibility with a 40-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday.
A third freshman, Josh Quezada, ran for 107 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars (6-5, 5-2 Mountain West) won for the fifth time in six games despite committing 14 penalties.
Stump Godfrey threw for 125 yards and a touchdown and added 53 yards rushing for New Mexico (1-10, 1-6).
Heaps threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hoffman in the third quarter and a 10-yarder in the fourth quarter. Heaps finished 18-of-32 for 231 yards. Mitch Payne made two field goals and four extra points to become the Mountain West career leader in kicking points with 314, two more than his brother Matt had for BYU.
New Mexico and TCU square off for the 12th time since the first game in 1991. The Horned Frogs have a 8-3 lead and have won all 5 MWC games played by a combined score of 190-62, including last year's 51-10 victory in Fort Worth. The Lobos' last win came in 1997 when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference.
vs. TCU 12th meeting
at Albuquerque - TCU leads 3-2
Series - TCU leads 8-3
at Fort Worth - TCU leads 5-1
MWC - TCU leads 5-0
LAST TIME VS. TCU
Hard to argue after the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-0 with a 51-10 victory over New Mexico on Saturday--their seventh straight win by at least 27 points, a stretch including BYU and Utah, last year's BCS buster.
While there should be no question about if TCU (12-0, 8-0 Mountain West Conference) will be part of the Bowl Championship Series, the Frogs have to wait another week to make travel plans.
Andy Dalton matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Antoine Hicks in a 12-second span that put the Horned Frogs up 30-0 early in the second quarter. Dalton had already run for a score.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, fans chanted "B-C-S! B-C-S!" They then stormed the field to celebrate, creating a sea of purple around a riser in the middle of the field where a celebratory cooler shower-drenched Patterson accepted the Mountain West Conference championship trophy.
By clinching the outright Mountain West title, TCU has only the two upper boxes of its pyramid of goals still not colored in purple. The Frogs are certain to play in a BCS game, though the teams ahead of them will have to slip up for a chance at their loftiest goal: No. 1, national champions. Florida and Alabama do have to play each other in the SEC championship game next week, and Texas meets Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.
Dalton, a junior and third-year starter, was 15 of 24 for 228 yards while earning his 29th career victory, matching the school record set by "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh (1934-36). Dalton pushed his career TD passing total to 43, three more than Baugh and six shy of Max Knake's school record.
TCU has a 14-game winning streak, matching the school record set by the 1938 team led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Davey O'Brien that went 11-0 and clinched the team's only AP national championship. The school also claims a national title in 1935, the only other time the Frogs won 12 games.
Dalton's 8-yard keeper put TCU up 9-0. Then he threw TD passes the next three possessions, all in a span of 2 1/2 minutes.
Hicks made a 20-yard TD catch immediately after New Mexico (1-11, 1-7) fumbled the kickoff following his 62-yard score when Dalton hit him in stride near the 30.
Bart Johnson had a 17-yard touchdown catch before New Mexico went three-and-out and Hicks scored on consecutive passes. Johnson added a 24-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter before the Frogs returned two interceptions for scores in 2:20--Washington taking one 20 yards and Rafael Priest going 47 yards.
Hicks, who finished with five catches for 123 yards, has scored 10 touchdowns on 26 touches this season (six TDs on 19 catches and four TDs on seven rushing attempts). New Mexico, which wrapped up its first season under coach Mike Locksley a week after getting its only victory, scored all of its points in a span of 72 seconds late in the first half and finished with only 172 yards on 74 plays.
UNM-TCU: LAST TIME IN ALBUQUERQUE
Andy Dalton ran for two touchdowns as TCU went on to a 26-3 win in the season-opener for both teams. The Horned Frogs scored on their first three possessions and needed a span of just over four minutes to build a 16-0 lead.
Dalton scored on runs of 11 and 4 yards, the second TD set up by Jeremy Kerley's 53-yard punt return midway through the fourth quarter.
The Lobos' only points came from a 28-yard field goal kick by Aho with 10:48 left in the third quarter.
K Ross Evans missed a chance to extend TCU's 16-0 lead when he missed a 20-yard field goal attempt with 39 seconds left in the first half. That drive was set up by Donovan Porterie's fumble near midfield that was recovered by defensive end Jerry Hughes.
Porterie suffered a neck injury on the play and did not return.
Backup Brad Gruner made his first pass a spectacular one, teaming with wide receiver Chris Hernandez on an 81-yard pass play to the TCU 12-yard line. But New Mexico's offense picked up 6 yards on three plays and settled for Aho's field goal.
New Mexico will honor its 14 seniors Saturday against TCU. The Lobos will be recognized prior to the game. This is the smallest senior class since 2002.
MESSINA LEADING MWC
Carmen Messina is leading the Mountain West Conference in tackles with 104. Messina, who led the nation in tackles last year, ranks 28th nationally. He has passed the 100-tackle mark for the season straight season, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat since Brian Urlacher in 1998 and 1999.
MESSINA CRACKS CAREER LIST
Junior linebacker Carmen Messina has cracked the career list at New Mexico for tackles. Messina has 301 tackles and ranks 18th all-time. Entering the TCU game, Messina has seven straight games with double-digit tackles. He finished with a season high 17 stops at Air Force. The Addison, Ill., native has recorded double-digit tackles 17 times during his career.
As the season comes to a close, it's time for the annual All-Mountain West Conference nominations. The Lobos have several players nominated this year including:
HERNANDEZ IS OUT
Senior WR Chris Hernandez will miss his final game due to a knee injury suffered against BYU. Hernandez torn his MCL and will require surgery. He is the seventh starter New Mexico has lost this season.
GAMES MISSED DUE TO INJURY
This has been a season like no other when it comes to injuries. The Lobos have lost seven starters for the season but multiple players have missed games. This season, UNM student-athletes have missed a combined 83 games due to injuries.
ON THE HORIZON
The Lobos transition into the offseason Sunday and start building towards 2011. UNM will hit the recruiting trail hard in the coming weeks. The 2011 signing day should be full of excitement and another step in building the program. The Lobos will be able to sign 21 scholarship players in 2011.