Records & Series Meetings:
#7 Boise State: 10-1 (5-1 MWC)
New Mexico: 1-10 (1-6 MWC)
31-14 Boise State in 2000
All Time Series Record:
2-0 Boise State
Boise State defeated Wyoming 36-14 in Boise, ID (NOV 26)
New Mexico lost to Wyoming 31-10 in Laramie, WY (NOV 19)
Chris Petersen is in his Sixth season at Boise State with an overall record of 71-6, 38-2 in the Western Athletic Conference and 5-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
Mike Locksley was let go on September 25 of this year with a record of 2-26 overall and 2-15 in the MWC. Defensive coordinator George Barlow was elevated to Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season and he has posted a 1-5 record overall and 1-3 in the MWC. On November 16, 2011 the Lobos hired former Notre Dame Coach and ESPN analysis Bob Davie for the 2012 season
New Mexico in Cyberspace:
New Mexico Offense:
The Lobo football program has some serious problems as does their offense. The lobos have some playmakers and talent on offense but whether the Lobos gave up midway through the season or what, the Lobos near or at the bottom of every offensive statistical category. For example, the Lobos are 98th in rushing offense, 98th in passing offense, 111th in total offense, and 120th in scoring offense. Those stats would be troubling for any football coach and it won’t get any easier for them this weekend.
Junior BR Holbrook is perhaps the best QB you never heard of. After battling injuries and starting four games in 2010, he came back healthy and ready tom to go in 2011. Unfortunately, his 2011 campaign has not gone the way he wanted it to as the offense has struggled to get any traction. To his credit and his skill set, he is one of the better QB’s in the MWC but has not gotten much support in his efforts as he has had been pestered all year long by opposing defensive fronts. Although his stats do not scream super star, he is a very capable QB time will tell if he will be more productive under Bob Davie.
With the lack of offensive efficiency this season, the receivers have been somewhat productive. Once again, the Lobos have a talented group of receivers, but have not been able to capitalize on their skill sets. Freshman Deon Long, who transferred from West Virginia after the 2009 season, has been the most productive hauling in 39 receptions for 713 yards which ranks him 42nd in the nation. Junior Ty Kirk has been having a decent year as well by hauling in 46 catches for 368 yards and no touchdowns. Rounding out the group is junior tight end Lucas Reed who was a first team all MWC preseason selection. In 2011, Reed has 22 catches for 241 yards and no touchdowns.
The Lobos have had an absolute dismal rushing attack in 2011, rushing for only 1,540 yards as an entire team. Carring the majority of the workload has been true freshman Crusoe Gongbay who has rushed and earned every one of the 496 yards he gained. Taking some of the stress off of Gongbay has been Sophomore Demarcus Rogers who has carried the ball 77 times for 262 yards.
The offensive line has not been very good this season and far more was expected of them after all, they aren’t extremely young on the offensive line starting two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, and a freshman. Lobo QB’s have been sacked 28 times this season which doesn’t account for the several hurries and knockdowns the Lobo QB’s have experienced. This is a unit which is capable of so much more but has really underachieved this season.
UNM Total Offense: 305.18ypg (111th) Vs. BSU Total Defense: 326.36 ypg (21st)
UNM Passing Offense: 186.45 ypg (92nd) Vs. BSU Passing Defense: 200.09 ypg (33rd)
UNM Rushing Offense: 118.73 ypg (98th) VS. BSU Rushing Defense: 126.27 ypg (29th)
UNM Points Per Game: 13.09 ppg (120th) VS. BSU Points Allowed: 19.91 ppg (19th)
New Mexico Offense vs. Boise State Defense
The Lobos have some very talented players on offense but like I stated before, I think this team gave up on the season back in September. The Lobos from a statistical standpoint are near or at the bottom of every category where the Bronco’s defense is in the top half of every statistical category. The Lobos best bet to keep the game closer will be to keep the Broncos offense off the field by trying to string together some drives. I try to be objective but breaking down the Lobos offense and watching film on them I don’t see them moving the ball very much.
New Mexico Defense:
The Lobos have had their share of problems on the defense as they rank at the bottom of nearly every statistical category. For example, New Mexico is giving up 487.45 yards a game and allowing 41.36 yards a game on the season. Furthermore, the Lobos have only accumulated nine sacks and 45 tackles for loss. By comparison, the Broncos have 18 sacks and 68 tackles for loss on the season.
The Lobo defensive line is led by senior defensive end Jaymar Latchison who has 2 sacks on the season and 42 total tackles. The front four for the Lobos have really struggled to get pressure on opposing QB’s and are struggling to contain opposing running backs as well giving up 255.82 yards on the ground which is 119th in the nation.
One bright spot for the Lobos this season has been their linebacker play and particularly the play of senior Carmen Messina who leads the team in sacks, tackles, and tackles for loss. Messina is 10th in the nation and first in the MWC in tackles in addition to being a great tackler; he has three sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
The Lobos employ five defensive backs and a 4-2-5 scheme just like the broncos do. The Lobos have only two interceptions on the season and are giving up 231.64 yards a game in the air. 231 yards in the air is one of their best statistical numbers ranking them 64th in the nation. Part of the reason for that is because the Lobos are having a hard time stopping the run so teams continue to pound the ball on them. The Lobos are quite gifted in the secondary but like the offense it has been a tough year and things just haven’t come together.
SDSU Total Defense: 375.11 ypg (55th) Vs. BSU Total Offense: 475.33 ypg (15th)
SDSU Pass Defense: 174.22 ypg (10th) Vs. BSU Passing Offense: 298.33 ypg (14th)
SDSU Rushing Defense: 200.89 ypg (102nd) VS. BSU Rushing Offense: 177.00 ypg (43rd)
SDSU Points Allowed: 22.11 ppg (35th) VS. BSU Points Per Game: 42.89 ppg (7th)
New Mexico defense Vs BSU Offense:
Giving up nearly 500 yards a game, the Lobos are going to have a difficult time slowing down the Bronco offense. I would look for the Broncos to have a good day on the ground and throw the ball here and there as needed. The Lobos could completely surprise everybody and get after the Broncos offense for a little bit but I just don’t think they have anything left in the tank for that to happen. Boise State should have another good offensive performance with the New Mexico defense not providing much resistance.
New Mexico Special Teams:
The special teams unit for the Lobos is average which means they don’t do anything to hurt them, but they don’t do anything special to help them either. On the season the lobos are averaging 39.74 yards per punt which is good for 66th in the nation. The Lobos have only attempted 12 field goals this season making only six. The kick return game is probably their best unit as they are averaging a decent 23.61 yards a return but struggle with their punt return game as they have only returned eight punts for 12 yards.
For the last few years, this program has been a mess and has taken some serious beating over that time span. For example, the Lobos have had more than 40 points dumped on them seven times this season and it will probably happen again this Saturday. From the outside it looks like this team can’t get the season over with fast enough. Hopefully, Bob Davie can bring some life back into this program and put them back in the top half of the conference which will not only be good for New Mexico but it will be good for the MWC as well.