Postgame Notes – UTEP 31, New Mexico 24 (Att: 25,802)
The Lobos lost 31-24 to UTEP in the season opener for both teams. The Lobos had trailed 24-7 at the half. UNM eventually tied the game up at 24 before suffering two fumbles and an interception in the final 4:33 of the game. New Mexico was trying to achieve its sixth-largest comeback of all-time.
New Mexico dropped to 73-39-4 all-time in home openers and 64-49-3 in season openers. When the season opener is also the home opener, UNM is now 53-23-2.
New Mexico still leads the all-time series 43-32-3, including a 26-12-1 mark in Albuquerque.
The Lobos made two lineup changes on defense, as Kimmie Carson started at WLB for Ryan Langford and Donnie White started at Rush for Richard Winston. One offense David Anaya started at running back instead of Carlos Wiggins as a third receiver.
Cole Gautsche had a career-high 184 yards rushing in the game (14 carries, 13.1–yard average), including a 51 and 68-yard touchdown. His previous best was 149 yards against Wyoming on Nov. 10, 2012. He left early in the fourth quarter after an apparent hamstring injury.
Cole Gautsche’s 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his longest run from scrimmage since a 76-yard touchdown run on October 13, 2012 against Hawai’i on the Island.
The Lobos on defense did not record a takeaway, the eighth straight game going back to last season. The streak has lasted 32 quarters and exactly 491 minutes.
The Lobos rushed for 410 yards in the game. They are one of two teams to have averaged 300 or more yards rushing in each of the last two years (Army was the other). Last year UNM broke 400 yards in a game three times.
Zack Rogers hit a 35 yard field goal with 8:10 to go to tie the game at 24. It was his first career field goal. He also punted twice for a 58.0 yard average.
After allowing UTEP 326 yards and 7-of-10 third down conversions in the opening half, UNM’s defense turned stout, allowing just 120 yards in the second half and UNM held the Miners to 0-for-4 on third down. The Lobos also stopped a 4th and goal play from the 1-yard line.
Dakota Cox had a career-high 17 tackles. It marked the fifth time in the last six games that he has recorded double-figure tackles.
David Guthrie had a career-high nine tackles.
SaQwan Edwards in his first two seasons had 2.0 tackles for a loss. He ended the game with 2.5 tackles for a loss.
The seven points allowed in the second half by UNM was the fewest since allowing just three against New Mexico State last year in UNM’s 66-17 win.
The Lobos used four true freshmen in the game: receiver Chris Davis, defensive lineman Garrett Hughes, offensive lineman Aaron Jenkins and kick-off specialist Jason Sanders.