Nov. 8, 2011
Saturday: UNLV at New Mexico
Time/Place: 8:06 p.m./University Stadium
TV/Radio: The Mtn.-HD (Comcast Ch. 276, DirecTV Ch. 616)
Promotion: Senior Night/Think Pink Night
Briefly: The Lobos (0-9, 0-4 Mountain West) are hoping for some University Stadium magic in their final home game of 2011 as they play host to UNLV (2-6, 1-2) at 8:06 p.m. UNM will honor 12 Lobos playing in the last home game of their collegiate careers on Senior Night. The game also will be the Lobo football team’s Think Pink Night for breast cancer awareness. UNM Hospital will give away 2,000 pink pom-poms before the game.
The Mtn. will carry the game in HD with Bill Doleman on play-by-play, Toby Christensen as analyst and J.P. Murietta as sideline reporter. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will call the game on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico broke a two-game scoreless drought last weekend at San Diego State but continues to struggle offensively. The Lobos have scored just 14 points in their last four games combined and have not thrown a touchdown pass since the final seconds of the Oct. 1 game against New Mexico State in Week 5. The Lobos are counting on junior B.R. Holbrook to bring some stability to an offense that has been besieged by injuries. Last week, UNM switched defensive backs Martize Barr and Jamal Merritt to the offense to add depth at the wide receiver position. Holbrook’s production has suffered by the WR shuffle; he has just 274 passing yards in his last four games combined.
UNM standout redshirt freshman WR Deon Long is expected to return after missing his second game of the season because of a foot injury. The ailment has curtailed what was a brilliant start to the season in which Long had 30 receptions for 568 yards in the team’s first five games. He has been limited to six receptions for 41 yards since.
Long’s explosiveness showed when he set school and MW records with 378 all-purpose yards vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, scoring four TDs (three receiving and one kickoff). The yardage also ranks as the highest this season in college football.
The Rebels are coming off a 48-21 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Boise State last weekend, a game in which the teams were tied at 14 late in the first half. UNLV ranks last in the MW in total offense at 283.0 yards per game and seventh in scoring offense at 19.1 points per game. Senior WR Phillip Payne is averaging 55.6 yards per game and has seven TD receptions. On defense, nine of end James Dunlap’s 32 tackles have been for losses.