Lobo Football Seeks a Winning Streak
Nov. 15, 2011
Saturday: New Mexico at Wyoming
TV/Radio: The Mtn.-HD (Comcast 276, DirecTV 616)/770 KKOB-AM
GoLobos.com: Game story, final statistics
Briefly: With one losing streak behind them, the Lobos (1-9, 1-4 Mountain West) will look to tackle another one this week as they travel to play the surging Wyoming Cowboys and conference coach of the year candidate Dave Christensen on Saturday just after high noon. UNM will try to end a 20-game road losing streak and win its first game outside New Mexico since a 20-17 victory at San Diego State on Oct. 20, 2007.
The Mtn. will carry the game in HD with Ari Wolfe on play-by-play, Blaine Fowler as analyst and Andrea Lloyd as sideline reporter. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will call the game on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico scored its most points since Oct. 1 and tied for fewest allowed this season during a 21-14 victory over UNLV last weekend. The Lobos amassed 415 yards of total offense, marking the third game this season in which they have eclipsed the 400-yard plateau. Quarterback B.R. Holbrook's 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deon Long on the game's first play from scrimmage ended a four-game drought without a TD through the air.
Long, UNM's standout redshirt freshman, returned from an injury after missing the San Diego State game and caught two passes for 99 yards vs. UNLV. His 88.5-yard average per game leads the MW. The TD reception vs. the Rebels was his first score since the Sept. 24 game against Sam Houston State. In that game, Long set school and MW records with 378 all-purpose yards, scoring four TDs (three receiving and one kickoff). The yardage also ranks as the highest this season in college football.
Senior linebacker Carmen Messina earned Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Week honors against the Rebels. He had 14 tackles and forced a fourth-quarter fumble that led to UNM's game-winning touchdown. Messina leads the conference and is tied eighth nationally in tackles with an average of 11.0 per game.
The Cowboys are coming off an impressive, 25-17 victory at Air Force. Wyoming ranks second nationally in turnover margin with 24 turnovers forced and only 10 committed for an average of plus-1.56 per game. True freshman QB Brett Smith is second in the MW and 31st nationally in total offense at 265.8 yards per game. Wyoming defensive back Luke Ruff and end Gabe Knapton are among the MW top 10 in tackles.