Lobo Football Team Gets Ready To Battle Fresno State
Oct. 23, 2012
Saturday: Fresno State (5-3, 3-1 Mountain West) at New Mexico (4-4, 1-2)
The University of New Mexico football team comes home from a tough, two-game road stretch to play host to the high-powered Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday. It's the teams' first meeting since 1998, when the Bulldogs beat the Lobos 28-20 at University Stadium. Fresno State has won six of the last seven in the series.
The game is on Comcast channel 77 through the Time-Warner Cable SportsNet broadcast. Barry Tompkins has play-by-play duties and Jay Leeuwenburg is the analyst. The game will air on the Lobo Radio Network with play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington, as well as ESPN Deportes (KRZY-AM 1450), in Spanish with play-by-play announcer Javier Misiego and analyst Paco Pocorro.
UNM, playing without its top two quarterbacks, nearly pulled off an upset last weekend in Colorado Springs, but its game-winning touchdown drive stalled at the Air Force 16 during a 28-23 loss to the Falcons. A not-so-small side note of that game was the rushing of junior running back Kasey Carrier. The Pearland, Texas, native set UNM and Mountain West records with 338 rushing yards on a career-high 39 attempts. Carrier also had three rushing touchdowns.
Carrier has been the nation's best rusher the last three weeks. During that span, Carrier has 690 rushing yards (an average of 230 yards per game) and nine TDs on 97 carries. Carrier has moved up to No. 2 in the nation in rushing with an average of 138.3 yards per game. His 11 rushing TDs are tied for the 10th most in school history and are currently second in the Mountain West.
New Mexico moved up to No. 5 in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 296.9 yards per game. UNM has rushed for 2,375 yards and 26 TDs this season. The Lobos had 2,654 rushing yards and 23 rushing TDs during the 2010 and 2011 seasons combined. The 2012 offense has six 300-yard rushing games; the last Lobo team to do that was the 1971 edition that had nine consecutive 300-yard games and averaged 384.5 yards rushing per game.
The Lobos are No. 23 in the nation in fewest penalty yards at 37.3 yards per game. They are No. 13 in turnover margin at plus-1.25 per game and No. 13 in turnovers forced with 19. UNM is fifth in time of possession at 33:36 per game and tied for 24th in red-zone defense, giving up 22 scores in 30 possessions.
Fresno State enters the game with a potent 1-2 punch on offense in junior quarterback Derek Carr and senior running back Robbie Rouse. Carr is 12th in the nation in passing at 293.8 yards per game, and Rouse averages 109.9 rushing yards to rank 21st. Strong safety Phillip Thomas leads the nation with seven interceptions. The Bulldogs rank 29th in total offense (459.9 yards) and 24th in total defense (327.4 yards allowed).