Lobo Flashback: Davie's Lobos Shock UTEP in OT
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/09/2014

LOBO FLASHBACKS: Lobo Flashbacks is a summer feature of GoLobo.com looking back on special teams, players, games or moments from the 2013-14 University of New Mexico athletic seasons.

Flashback No. 1: Fishbein’s Lobos Charge to College Cup

Today:  Lobos Shock UTEP at Goal Line

By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

As far as a satisfying wipeout goes, the Lobos’ 66-17 win over New Mexico State would take that prize in 2013.  If you go by dramatics and nail-biting excitement, you move further down the highway into the Sun Bowl when Bob Davie’s Lobos played the UTEP Miners.

It was a game of inches that came down to a final half inch that the New Mexico defense made sure favored the Lobos.

It went like this:

The Miners and the Lobos pretty much went back and forth on the field and on the scoreboard and had to march into overtime.  The Lobos went up on a third-down scamper by Kasey Carrier that covered 21 yards and ended up with UNM back in control of the scoreboard at 42-35.

Then it was the Miners’ turn.  They powered from their 25-yard line to the Lobos’ 4-yard line where the Miners were looking at a fourth-and-one. Of course, they had to go for it.

UTEP handed the football to Nathan Jeffery, who came stumbling out of the backfield thanks to a super play by Rashad Rainey, who knifed under the UTEP offensive line and got a hand on Jeffery’s left ankle.  Jeffery spun out of the contact but lost his balance and was going down.  He probably had enough momentum to make the first down and maybe continue the overtime dramatics, but David Orrick moved over to smash Jeffery into the turf.

The ball was marked pretty much at the spot that Jeffery needed to reach in order to get the first.  Then the chains came out.  Then a Sun Bowl crowd of 34,907 held its breath as the chains were stretched and brought to the turf.

The Miners were short by less than an inch and the Lobos celebrated, but the play went to review.  Was it a good mark (for the Lobos) or a bad mark (for UTEP)? 

The officials in the booth said the mark was just fine.  The ruling on the field was not changed.  The Lobos celebrated a second time.

“I knew they didn’t make it,” said Orrick, who was credited with a solo tackle on the stop.

The heroics at the goal line got a lot of deserved attention, but this also was a dynamic game for Carrier.  He rolled out 291 yard and four touchdowns averaging 7.1 yards per carry.