Lobos To Take Whirlwind Trip to Hawaii
Oct. 9, 2012
Saturday: New Mexico at Hawai'i
Time: 10 p.m. MDT (6 p.m. HT)
TV: ROOT Sports - Rocky Mountain (Comcast channel 261, DirecTV channel 683, Dish Network channel 414)
Radio: Lobo Radio Network (770-KKOB AM in Albuquerque)
The surging University of New Mexico football team heads back out on the road Saturday when it takes a quick little trip to Honolulu, Hawai'i, to play the Hawai'i Warriors. It's UNM's first trip to the island since 1998.
ROOT Sports will broadcast the game (Comcast channel 261, DirecTV 683 and Dish 414). Robert Kekaulax will call the game with analyst Darnell Arceneaux and sideline reporters Lori Santi and Dan Meisenzahl. The game will air on the Lobo Radio Network with play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington.
The Lobos are looking for their first win outside the state of New Mexico since Oct. 20, 2007 when Rodney Ferguson scored on a 6-yard yard run with 15 seconds left to lift UNM to a 20-17 victory at San Diego State.
The Lobos' surprising 2012 season continued last weekend with a 35-14 victory over Texas State and former Lobo coach Dennis Franchione to end a three-game losing streak in Homecoming games. Running back Kasey Carrier rushed for a career-high 191 yards -- tying the 11th best performance in school history -- and four touchdowns in the win. Carrier's four rushing TDs were the most since Ferguson had four in a 70-7 win over SDSU on Oct. 18, 2008.
Carrier, who earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors, ranks sixth in the league and 33rd nationally with an average of 93.8 yards per game.
UNM held Texas State to 32 yards rushing, the lowest allowed since UTEP ran for 30 yards on Sept. 23, 2006. The defense also had five sacks vs. the Bobcats -- the most since that same '06 Miners game. Texas State's 248 yards of total offense were the fewest vs. the Lobos since New Mexico State's 218 yards in 2009.
New Mexico currently is ranked eighth in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 271.7 yards per game. UNM has rushed for 1,680 yards and 18 rushing TDs this season. The Lobos had 1,358 rushing yards during the entire 2011 season with 10 rushing TDs. The 2012 offense has four 300-yard rushing games this season; the last Lobo team to do that was the 1982 edition that went 10-1. Conversely, UNM has attempted four passes in its last six quarters, completing one for 9 yards.
The Lobos are No. 16 in the nation in fewest penalty yards at 37.2 yards per game. They are tied for No. 23 in turnover margin at plus 0.83 per game and No. 16 in turnovers forced with 13.
Hawai'i is struggling under first-year coach and longtime offensive guru Norm Chow. The Warriors' last three opponents have combined to outscore them 168-38. Hawai'i, however, is 1-1 at home this season.
Coach Bob Davie already has changed the culture of the New Mexico program during his first season as head coach. His accomplishments this season include:
- Ending UNM's six-year losing streak in season openers with a 66-21 win over Southern. The Lobos' point total was double their output in those previous six years combined (31 points in six games).
- Ending a 25-game streak without a 100-yard rusher when Demarcus Rogers ran for 103 yards against Southern.
- Closing a 40-game run without a 300-yard rushing effort with 347 yards vs. Southern.
- Guiding the Lobos to four 300-yard rushing games for the first time since 1982.
- Becoming the first Lobo coach to beat New Mexico State in his first try in 29 years.
- Halting UNM's 24-game road losing streak with a 27-14 win vs. the Aggies in Las Cruces.
- Winning the Lobos' first Homecoming game since 2008, beating Texas State 35-14.
- Leading UNM to two home wins for the first time since 2008.
- Tying Rocky Long and Dennis Franchione for the most wins (3) by a Lobo coach in his first season. Gwinn Henry has the record with eight wins in his 1934 debut.