UNM officially retired the No. 44 jersey of former Lobo All-America safety Brian Urlacher (1996-99), who also spent 13 years in the NFL as the starting middle linebacker of the Chicago Bears. His number is the fourth number to be retired in Lobo football history, joining those of Mike Williams (40), Bobby Santiago (42) and Don Perkins (43).
The Lobos converted their first two-point conversion of the season on Cole Gautsche’s pass to TE Andrew Aho in the third quarter.
The Lobos finished with 451 rushing yards, their third game with more than 400 rushing yards this season. The Lobos did not attempt a pass after their first drive, running 58 straight rushing plays to finish the game (the two-point conversion does not count in the official stats).
The win over Air Force was UNM’s first since a 34-31 decision over the Falcons on Oct. 25, 2007.
Wide receiver Jeric Magnant caught his first career touchdown pass, a 28-yarder from QB Cole Gautsche with 10:26 left in the first quarter.
QB Cole Gautsche recorded his seventh rushing TD of the season, a 1-yarder with 3:06 left in the first quarter. He scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter for his eighth TD of the season. His two rushing TDs matched a career high recorded five times previously. He recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 140 yards, on a career-high 20 carries. He also threw for a touchdown, marking the fourth time this season he has run and thrown for a TD pass.
RB Teriyon Gipson’s 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is his third career TD run and third in the past two games.
RB Kasey Carrier surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight season in the first half. He is the first Lobo with back-to-back rushing seasons since Rodney Ferguson in 2007-20. He finished with 179 yards.
RB Jhurell Pressley recorded his third rushing touchdown of the season on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and first since the Wyoming game on Oct. 12. He also scored on a career-long 61-yard run later in the third quarter. He had a career high 87 rushing yards. His two rushing touchdowns matched a career high set at New Mexico State last season.
TE Andrew Aho caught his first career 2-point conversion pass in the third quarter on a pass from Cole Gautsche.
SS David Guthrie recorded a tackle for loss in the first quarter, his fourth of the season.
OLB Rashad Rainey recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter.
DE Brett Bowers recorded his sixth sack of the season in the fourth quarter against an Air Force team that entered the game tied for No. 2 in the nation in sacks allowed.
CB Cranston Jones broke up his third pass of the season in the fourth quarter.
MLB Dakota Cox finished with a career-high 14 tackles.
DE Fatu Ulale tied a career-high with seven tackles.
CB Tim Foley had a season-high five tackles.
WLB Dallas Bollema, finished with eight tackles, giving him 266 for his career and moving him into 20th place on the Lobos career tackles list.
K Justus Adams’ streak of consecutive extra points converted came to an end at 76, when Air Force blocked his third-quarter attempt. The 76 straight conversions are a school record. Adams’ 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave UNM a two-possession lead. It was his fifth consecutive successful field goal
Fatu Ulale blocked an Air Force extra point in the fourth quarter as UNM retained a 35-34 lead two seconds into the fourth quarter.
UNM did not punt, the first time the team did not punt in a game since 2012’s season-opener vs. Southern.