Lobo Football Closes Season on the Blue Turf
Nov. 29, 2011
Time/Place: 4:06 p.m./Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho
TV/Radio: The Mtn-HD (Comcast channel 276)/KKOB-AM (770)
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Briefly: After a second bye week, the Lobos (1-10, 1-5 Mountain West) will finish the 2011 season this week with a monumental challenge. UNM travels to Boise, Idaho, to take on the nationally ranked Broncos (No. 9 tie/No. 8/No. 7 in the AP/USA Today/BCS polls, respectively) on Saturday. UNM is looking for its first road win 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 and Blaine Fowler as analyst. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will call the game on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico played a strong first half during its last outing on Nov. 19, leading at Wyoming 10-7 late in the second quarter. The Cowboys scored right before halftime to take a 14-10 lead and then capitalized on UNM turnovers and penalties to run away with a 31-10 win.
Running back Crusoe Gongbay has averaged 68.0 rushing yards per game over the Lobos’ last four contests and has been the offense’s most consistent weapon during that span. Quarterback B.R. Holbrook, who went over the 2,000-yard passing mark for his career last week, is looking for his second career win in his 12th start, dating to last season.
Senior linebacker Carmen Messina’s next tackle will make him the Mountain West’s career leader in stops with 434. He’s currently tied with UNLV’s Adam Seward (2001-04). Messina leads the league and is ranked 10th nationally in tackles with 121 on the season for an average of 11.0 per game.
The Broncos are coming off a 36-14 victory at home against Wyoming. QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore. Moore ranks 12th nationally in passing with an average of 290.4 yards per game and 3,194 yards overall. He has thrown 38 TD passes with just seven interceptions in 2011. The senior also ranks fourth in passing efficiency with a rating of 175.2. RB Doug Martin’s 94.4 rushing yards per game ranks third in the conference, and he has 13 rushing TDs.
Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford is third in the MW in tackles for loss with 13.5 and tied for third in sacks with 6.5.