Lobos Begin Mountain West Play Vs. No. 24 Boise State
Sept. 25, 2012
Saturday: Boise State at New Mexico
Time: 4:06 p.m.
TV: Comcast channel 77
Radio: Lobo Radio Network
The University of New Mexico football returns home after a three-game road swing to take on nationally ranked Boise State in both teams' Mountain West opener.
The game is scheduled to air on Comcast channel 77 through the Boise State affiliate local feed. Mark Johnson will handle play-by-play duties. Tom Scott will serve as analyst, and Jay Tust is the sideline reporter. 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 Broncos will meet for the fourth time, with UNM seeking its first win in the series. UNM owns a 7-50 all-time record against nationally ranked teams. New Mexico is 5-23 vs. ranked teams at home, 4-22 on Branch Field at University Stadium.
UNM ended a 24-game road losing streak -- the longest in the nation -- with its 27-14 victory over New Mexico State in Las Cruces last weekend. The road win was the school's first since a 35-24 victory over the Aggies on Sept. 27, 2008.
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. Junior kicker Justus Adams is the reigning Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a pair of field goals and converting all three extra points during UNM's win over NMSU.
New Mexico currently is ranked 21st in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 234.8 yards per game. UNM has rushed for 939 yards and nine rushing TDs this season. Through four games in 2011, the Lobos had 448 rushing yards and two TDs. They also ranked third nationally in fewest penalty yards (26.75per game) and are tied for 24th in turnover ration with an average of plus-1.0 per game.
The Broncos have had nine days to prepare for the Lobos, squeezing past Brigham Young 7-6 on an ESPN Thursday night telecast Sept. 20. It's the Broncos' defense that is the strength of the team so far this season. BSU ranks 10th in scoring defense (11.7 points per game allowed) and 18th in total defense (296.0 yards allowed).
Coaches from both schools will wear Coach to Cure MD patches during Saturday's game. The American Football Coaches Association is hoping to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific, lethal genetic disorder of childhood. The growing annual effort, now in its fifth year, has raised more than $1 million to fight MD.
Saturday's game is American Indian Day, in which UNM will recognized tribal leaders during halftime.
UNM track alum and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Jarrin Solomon and the Eastdale Softball Little League World Series championship team will be recognized during the game and will be available for autographs before the game in the Howl Zone.
Youth tickets (ages 2 to 18) are $7 in the North General Admission/Cherry Level section.
YAFL teams will compete on Branch Field during a 25-minute halftime.