Lobos Welcome Fran, Texas State to Branch Field
Oct. 2, 2012
Saturday: Texas State at New Mexico
The University of New Mexico football gets ready to play its 88th Homecoming game, and fittingly, the Lobos welcome Texas State and coach Dennis Franchione, who resurrected the UNM program during his six years as coach from 1992-97.
ProView Networks is scheduled to broadcast the game on Comcast channel 27 in Albuquerque (ūABQtv) and Comcast channel 16 in Santa Fe. KNML-AM (610) Opening Drive host Jeff Siembieda will call the game with analyst and former Lobo quarterback Kole McKamey. The game also will air on the Lobo Radio Network with play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington. ESPN Deportes (KRZY-AM 1450) will broadcast the game in Spanish with play-by-play announcer Javier Misiego and analyst Paco Pocorro.
The Lobos and Bobcats are meeting for only the second time, but Texas State has a huge place in UNM lore, starting with Katie Hnida's two historical extra points during UNM's 72-8 win over the Bobcats in 2003. That marked the first and only time a woman has scored in a college football game. New Mexico is 41-43-3 all-time in Homecoming games but has lost three straight. Its last Homecoming win was a 24-0 shutout of Wyoming in 2008.
UNM was one touchdown away from pulling off the greatest comeback in school history last weekend against then-No. 24 Boise State. Trailing 25-0 at the half, the Lobos outscored the Broncos 29-7 in the second half and had the ball on their own 27 with 3:24 left in the game but turned the ball over on downs and lost 32-29. Senior cornerback DeShawn Mills was named College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week with a career-high 10-tackle effort.
New Mexico currently is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 253.8 yards per game. UNM has rushed for 1,269 yards and 13 rushing TDs this season. The Lobos had 1,358 rushing yards during the entire 2011 season with 10 rushing TDs. The 2012 offense has three 300-yard rushing games this season; the last Lobo team to do that was the 2003 edition when current offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier was a senior left tackle at UNM
The Lobos are No. 4 in the nation in fewest penalty yards at 28.8 yards per game. They are No. 31 in kickoff returns (25.1 yards per attempt) and 17th in sacks allowed (four in five games).
Texas State is coming off a 34-21 loss at Nevada, a game in which the Bobcats led 21-13 midway through the second quarter. Senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford is completing 68.4 percent of his passes (56-of-82) for 651 yards with six TD and one interception. The offense and special teams have explosive capabilities. Senior running back Marcus Curry has a 73-yard run to his credit, and Rutherford and junior wide receiver Isaiah Battle have hooked up on a 98-yard TD pass. Redshirt freshman Jafis Gaines averages 30.4 yards per kickoff return and senior Andy Erickson averages 20.4 yards per punt return.
UNM scored on offense, defense (a 15-yard fumble return by Joseph Harris and a 39-yard interception return by Cranston Jones) and special teams (Chase Clayton's 98-yard kickoff return) against the Jaguars. The last time the Lobos scored in all three phases was a 25-16 win over UNLV in 2002. The defensive score came on an interception return, and the special teams score was a fumble return on a Rebels two-point conversion attempt that gave the Lobos two points instead
UNM-TEXAS STATE CONNECTIONS
• New Mexico hired head coach Dennis Franchione away from Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) in 1992. He coached the Lobos six seasons, culminating with a 9-4 record and Mountain Division championship in the Western Athletic Conference in 1997. That year, UNM made its first appearance in a bowl game in 36 years, playing in the Insight.com Bowl. Franchione had a 33-36 record at New Mexico.
• TSU co-offensive coordinator Mike Schultz and offensive line coach Dennis Darnell were with Franchione all six Lobo seasons. Defensive line coach Mike Hudson coached under Franchione at UNM in 1994. OLBs/special teams coordinator Brad Franchione was a UNM student assistant for his father from 1992-96, and defensive coordinator Craig Naivar was a graduate assistant at UNM from 1996-97.
• TSU co-offensive coordinator Jeff Conway was special teams coordinator and coached three positions for the Lobos from 1998-2003. He was on the Sam Houston State staff last season with current Lobo offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse and TEs coach Derek Warehime.
• DeBesse was head coach at Southwest Texas State from 1997-2002, where Hudson was an assistant during DeBesse's entire tenure and his defensive coordinator from 2001-02. Bobcats CBs coach Jason Washington played for DeBesse from 1998-2002. DeBesse coached WRs under Franchione at Texas A&M from 2006-07.
• UNM DL coach Archie McDaniel played for Franchione at Texas A&M. TSU DTs coach Reuben Vaughn was a graduate assistant for the Aggies when McDaniel played.
• Texas State AD Dr. Larry Teis received his doctorate from UNM in health, physical education and recreation.
• TSU Associate AD/Development Travis Comer earned his master's degree from UNM.
• Former UNM athletic director Rudy Davalos graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1960 and entered the school's Hall of Fame in 1983. His son, Doug Davalos, is the Bobcats' men's basketball coach.
• Bobcats senior QB Shaun Rutherford, junior WR Isaiah Battle and junior OL Mike Yoder played with UNM junior WR SaQwan Edwards at Blinn College. ... Texas State junior OL Jeff Clermond and freshman Lobo WR Ridge Jones both attended and played football at DeSoto HS in DeSoto, Texas. ... Bobcats sophomore TE Bradley Miller came to UNM on scholarship in 2010.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOMECOMING -- OCTOBER 1-7, 2012
Since 1925, the University of New Mexico has celebrated Homecoming festivities welcoming back its alumni and the campus community. The highlight of the 2012 Homecoming might be Saturday's football vs. Texas State, but there are more than 50 separate Homecoming events available for this year's 88th event, including Sunday's men's soccer game.
Here are a few Homecoming (home) events with a direct tie to Lobos athletics, but to get a complete list of activities or buy advanced tickets ,call (505) 277-5808 or visit: 2012 Homecoming Events
Wednesday:UNM Homecoming Royalty Voting; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Student Union Building
Thursday: Lobos' baseball Alumni Social; 6 p.m., Coaches Bar & Grill
Thursday:Lobos volleyball vs. Boise State; 7 p.m., The Pit
Friday:Men's Tennis (Fri-Sat-Sun), 10 a.m., Linda Estes Tennis Complex
Friday:Lobo Spirit Day Pep Rally; noon, Atrium in Student Union Building
Friday: Lobo men's soccer vs. Air Force; 7 p.m., Lobo Soccer Complex
Saturday:Alumni Association All-University Breakfast; 9 a.m., Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
Saturday:Lobos' baseball Alumni Game; 9 a.m., Lobo Field
Saturday:Lobo softball vs. Eastern New Mexico; 11 a.m./1 p.m., Lobo Field
Saturday:Lobos volleyball vs. Air Force Academy; noon, Johnson Center
Saturday:UNM Alumni Lettermen's Tailgate; 1 p.m. Lettermen's Lounge in The Pit
Saturday:Southwest Fiesta Tailgate; 1:30 p.m., Club Level of The Pit. (silent auction/buffet)
Saturday:Lobos football vs. Texas State; 4:06 p.m., University Stadium
Sunday:Lobo Tailgate Bash prior to Lobo men's soccer; 1 p.m. vs. Denver, Lobo Soccer Complex