Lobos To Face In-State Rival NMSU in Las Cruces
Sept. 18, 2012
Saturday: New Mexico at New Mexico State
Time: 6 p.m. MT
Radio: Lobo Radio Network (KKOB-AM 770)
The University of New Mexico football team concludes its three-week road trip with a stop in Las Cruces, N.M. to take on in-state rival New Mexico State.
As of Tuesday, we cannot determine whether the game will be televised on Comcast channel 77. The game will NOT be televised on Aggie Vision, according to New Mexico State University. It will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties; Jay Taylor will serve as analyst. 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 Aggies will meet for the 104th time. NMSU seeks its fourth straight victory in the series, which would match its four-game winning streak from 1965-68 as the Aggies’ longest in the series. The game also is worth three points in the Rio Grande Rivalry between the schools (see page 5 for more on the rivalry).
The team’s seasons have mirrored each other. After feel-good, season-opening wins over Football Championship Subdivision schools, both UNM and NMSU have struggled the last two weeks. Big 12 schools Texas and Texas Tech outscored the Lobos by a combined 94-14. Ohio and UTEP combined to outslug the Aggies 92-52.
The Lobos have lost 24 straight road games, which is currently the longest streak in the nation. It’s been almost four years since UNM’s last road win. That happened to come in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2008 when the Lobos rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to upend New Mexico State 35-24.
Sophomore Chase Clayton currently leads the nation in kickoff return average (43.3 yards per return). He has two 98-yard returns for touchdowns this season.
New Mexico currently is tied for 32nd in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 212.3 yards per game.UNM has rushed for 637 yards and six rushing TDs this season. Through three games in 2011, the Lobos had 354 rushing yards and one TD.
The team’s defenses are neighbors in the current NCAA statistics. NMSU ranks 106th in scoring defense, yielding 37.0 points per game. UNM is 107th, giving up 38.3 points per game. The Lobos are 110th in total defense at 486.0 yards allowed per game; the Aggies are No. 111, giving up 489.3 yards per game.