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CFN Take: New Mexico Runs Well In Boise Loss

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Posted Nov 30, 2013


2013 New Mexico Lobos ... Head Coach: Bob Davie


New Mexico Lobos

2013 Record: 3-9
8/31 UTSA L 21-13
9/7 at UTEP W 42-35 OT
9/14 at Pitt L 49-27
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 UNLV L 56-42
10/5 New Mexico St W 66-17
10/12 at Wyoming L 38-31
10/19 Utah State L 45-10
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 at San Diego St L 35-30
11/8 Air Force W 45-37
11/16 Colorado St L 66-42
11/23 at Fresno State L 69-28
11/30 at Boise State L 45-17
at Boise State 45, New Mexico 17
Basically … Boise State overcame a massive day from the New Mexico running game with Grant Hedrick throwing three touchdown passes. Matt Miller caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick, and caught scoring passes from 24 and 13 yards away in the fourth. New Mexico tied it at seven with an 18-yard Crusoe Gongbay run, but it was all Boise State the rest of the way.
- Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 22 times for 147 yards and a score, and he caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown
- New Mexico ran 53 times for 300 yards and two scores with Crusoe Gongbay running 12 times for 77 yards and a score.
- Four different New Mexico players combined to completed 10-of-17 passes for 62 yards with a pick.
- Boise State WR Matt Miller caught nine times for 111 yards and three scores.

at Fresno State 69, New Mexico 28
Basically … Fresno State came up with 820 yards of total offense as Derek Carr threw seven touchdown passes with four to Davante Adams and three to Josh Harper on the way to a Mountain-clinching win. Adams started out the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown catch and added scores from 44, 59 and 39 yards away. The Bulldogs got up 35-0 in the first half and pulled away with Harper scores from 59 and 11 yards out. The Lobos came up with some big home runs with Carlos Wiggins returning a kickoff for a score and Jhurell Pressley running for an 80-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up the pace.
- Fresno State QB Derek Carr completed 27-of-37 passes for 527 yards and seven touchdowns.
- New Mexico QB Clayton Mitchem completed 8-of-11 passes for 157 yards and ran nine times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
- The Lobos converted just 2-of-13 third down chances. Fresno State converted 9-of-16 tries.
- Fresno State QB Davante Adams caught nine passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and Josh Harper caught ten passes for 161 yards and three scores. Isaiah Burse caught six passes for 112 yards.

Colorado State 66, at New Mexico 42
Basically … Kapri Bibbs ran for scores from 11, 27, one, seven, 26 and 18 yards out, with his last three touchdown runs accounting for a run of 21 unanswered points to break the game open in the fourth quarter. Garrett Grayson threw two of his three touchdown passes in the first quarter to give the Rams a 14-0 lead, but New Mexico hung around with a Carlos Wiggins kickoff return for a touchdown and helped by to Cole Gautsche touchdown passes including a 50-yarder to Reece White. In a wild third quarter, the two teams traded scoring punches back and forth, but it was all Bibbs in the fourth.
- Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs ran 38 times for 291 yards and six touchdowns
- New Mexico QB Cole Gautsche completed 6-of-9 passes for 133 yards and two scores with two picks, and ran 11 times for 60 yards.
- Rushing yards: Colorado State 347, New Mexico 278
- Colorado State converted 8-of-11 third down chances. New Mexico converted 5-of-10.

at New Mexico 45, Air Force 37
Basically … The two teams ran and ran some more, but New Mexico got on the board first with a touchdown pass from Cole Gautsche to Jeric Magnant from 28 yards out. Gautsche ran for two touchdowns and Jhurell Pressley added touchdown runs from three and 61 yards away, but Air Force stayed around on Nate Romine’s three touchdown passes and a one-yard scoring run. Up 35-34 in the fourth – after blocking an extra point on a one-yard Broam Hart touchdown run – New Mexico scored ten unanswered points, putting the game away on long drives with a Gautsche one-yard touchdown run and a 24-yard Justus Adams field goal.
- New Mexico ran for 451 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry, and Air Force ran for 257 yards averaging 5.4 yards per try.
- New Mexico RB Kasey Carrier ran 27 times for 179 yards, and Cole Gautsche completed one of three passes for 28 yards and a score and ran 20 times for 140 yards and two scores.
- Air Force RB Anthony LaCoste ran 21 times for 177 yards
- Air Force QB Nate Romine completed 15-of-23 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 13 times for 21 yards and a touchdown.

at San Diego State 35, New Mexico 30
Basically … Ezell Ruffin caught a 75-yard touchdown pass 16 seconds into the game, and Adam Muema scored from four and two yards out, and added a one-yard run with just under two minutes to play to put San Diego State up for good. New Mexico didn’t quit as Tyler Duncan caught a 36-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds to play to help cut the lead to five, but the Aztecs recovered the onside kick. The Lobos stayed in the game with Teriyon Gipson touchdown runs from 20 and five yards out, and Crusoe Gongbay added an 18-yard touchdown run.
- San Diego State RB Adam Muema ran for a season-high 233 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
- New Mexico’s Cole Gautsche completed just 6-of-16 passes for 101 yards and a pick, and he ran ten times for 66 yards and a touchdown, but it was Clayton Mitchem who moved the offense late, completing all four of his passes for 69 yards and a score.
- New Mexico and San Diego State combined for 502 rushing yards.
- Aztec WR Ezell Ruffin caught seven passes for 165 yards and two scores.

at Wyoming 38, New Mexico 31
Basically … Wyoming got two Shaun Wick touchdown runs in the first quarter from 11 and 14 yards away, and Brett Smith touchdown runs from three and 48 yards out in the fourth quarter, to hang on and get by a plucky New Mexico squad. Before getting hurt, New Mexico’s Cole Gautsche ran for a 49-yard touchdown and hit Kasey Carrier on a 24-yard scoring pass, but it was David Vega who found Marquis Bundy on a 23-yard touchdown with just over a minute to play to pull within seven. UW recovered the onside kick.
- It wasn’t the best of games by the Cowboys, but the offense ramped things up thanks to Brett Smith, who completed 19-of-32 passes for 247 yards and a score, and he led the team with 140 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Shaun Wick helped out the ground game with 116 yards and two scores on 17 carries, but the offense had to gear it back up late after getting out to a 21-0 lead. After the clunker against Texas State, UW needed this.
- It was a good game for New Mexico, even in a loss. For once, the passing game clicked to go along with the always strong running game, but Cole Gautsche was injured after leading the way with 113 rushing yards and a score to go along with his 156 yards and one score through the air. Kasey Carrier had a workmanlike day with 104 yards on 25 carries helping the Lobos control the clock and most of the game. But the defense couldn’t hold on in the fourth quarter.

at New Mexico 66, New Mexico State 17
Basically … Kasey Carrier scored three times in the first quarter and Carlos Wiggins returned a kickoff for a score and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass as New Mexico had a 42-14 first half lead and got up 52-14 in the third. NMSU tried to find something that worked with Adam Shapiro and Andrew McDonald each running for scores, but that was it for the touchdowns, managing just a 38-yard field goal in the third.
- New Mexico needed this. The running game did whatever it wanted with 541 yards, and while there wasn’t much of a passing game, Cole Gautsche hit a 33-yard scoring throw. The line pushed around the Aggies and Gautsche was fantastic on the edge, running for 127 yards and a score, while Kasey Carrier ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
- New Mexico State threw for a few yards, but they didn’t mean anything. The offense was way too inept early on, and then, all of a sudden, it was 21-0 Lobos and the game was effectively over.
- The Lobos showed what they can do with a good lead. The running game didn’t exactly dominate the clock, but there wasn’t any need to take any chances after everything worked early on.
- You can’t stop the New Mexico running game without making several plays behind the line. Trashaun Nixon came up with 2.5 tackles for loss, and Clint Barnard was in on the other half – that was it. There were way, way too many plays against the run made in the secondary.

UNLV 56, at New Mexico 42
Basically … Tim Cornett ran for three touchdowns including a 75-yard dash with just over three minutes to play to put the Rebels ahead for good in a wild shootout. New Mexico got up 14-0 in the first quarter, and then it was see-saw the rest of the way with quarterback Cole Gautsche running for two scores in the second quarter and hitting Carlos Wiggins for a 43-yard touchdown in the third, but the Rebel offense kept on coming with Caleb Herring and Devante Davis connecting on touchdown passes from 11 and seven yards in the second half to help give UNLV the lead, and then Cornett sealed it. The two teams combined for 1,149 yards of total offense.
- The New Mexico running game was phenomenal, cranking out 497 yards averaging 8.4 yards per carry with three 100-yard rushers – and the team lost. Kasey Carrier ran at will, and receiver Carlos Wiggins was a weapon on his three carries. The D just couldn’t hold up late.
- This is how the UNLV offense is supposed to work. Caleb Herring brought the team back late and finished with four touchdown passes, while Tim Cornett had an all-star night. Meanwhile Devante Davis exploded with 164 yards and three scores on ten catches.
- There wasn’t a lot of defense being played, but UNLV’s Peni Vea and Tani Maka got in on lots and lots of tackles, combining for 23. Way, way too many of them were made down the field – the Rebels were chasing. A lot.
- This was a killer for Lobo bowl hopes. In the budget for six wins, beating UTSA and UNLV at home were a must. It’s going to be hard to win five of the next eight games with a tough Mountain West slate ahead. This was supposed to be the layup.

at Pitt 49, New Mexico 27, Sept. 14
Basically … Pitt’s offense came out roaring with five first half touchdowns and a 42-6 lead early in the third quarter before letting off the gas. New Mexico got two touchdown runs from Cole Gautsche in the third quarter and a 20-yard scoring dash from Crusoe Gongbay, but the Panthers were never threatened. Tom Savage threw two touchdown passes for Pitt and James Conner, Tyler Boyd and Isaac Bennett each scored twice.
- That was exactly what the Pitt offense needed after the Florida State game. It came out hitting on all cylinders, putting the game away before the Lobos could blink.
- New Mexico has to close out drives with touchdowns when the defense isn’t coming up with stops. Two deep drives finished with Justus Adams short field goals, and Pitt responded with touchdowns.
- Pitt sort of let New Mexico run to crank down the clock in the second half. Crusoe Gongbay ran for 94 yards and a score, and quarterback Cole Gautsche ran for 50 yards and two scores, but the game was well in hand. There wasn’t any Lobo passing game for the Panthers to deal with.
- Pitt found a nice 1-2 punch in James Conner and Isaac Bennett, but it helped that the offensive line blasted away and controlled things from the start. New Mexico’s line was gashed.

New Mexico 42 at UTEP 35, OT Sept. 7
Basically … New Mexico and UTEP battled into overtime in El Paso, with the Lobos enduring on a 21-yard run from RB Kasey Carrier. It was the fourth touchdown run of the game for Carrier, who delivered a record-setting evening for the visitors.
- Carrier rushed for 291 yards on 41 carries, gashing an overmatched UTEP defense. As a team, the Lobos went for 395 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, completely wearing down the Miners on a hot night.
- Jameill Showers was mediocre in his debut as the UTEP starting quarterback. The Texas A&M transfer completed 15-of-20 throws for only 119 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score.
- True freshman RB Aaron Jones was a pleasant surprise for the UTEP offense. In a possible harbinger of things to come, the local recruit raced for a team-high 127 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries.
- Not only did the Lobos win on the road for head coach Bob Davie, but they did so without injured starting QB Cole Gautsche. JUCO transfer Clayton Mitchem stepped in, limited his mistakes and allowed the backs to do the rest.

UTSA 21, at New Mexico 13, Aug. 31
Basically … UTSA rallied from a 13-0 deficit with two Eric Soza touchdown passes and two David Glasco scores as part of a run of 21 unanswered points. New Mexico scored the first 13 points on a SaQwan Edwards fumble return for a score and a 37-yard Marquis Bundy catch, but the offense fizzled the rest of the way.
- If New Mexico isn’t running the ball effectively, the offense won’t work. The Lobos ran for 193 yards with Cole Gautsche leading the way with 118 yards, but he only completed 4-of-12 passes with a score. Kasey Carrier was stuffed for 54 yards on 20 carries.
- It’s not like the UTSA offense was clicking, but Eric Soza found a rhythm and the offense picked things up after a rough start. There’s no ground game from the running backs, but Soza helped carry the attack with a team-leading 48 yards.
- It’s not like either defense did anything crazy. There weren’t a slew of plays in the backfield but New Mexico did a better job of attacking the run. UTSA swarmed around Carrier and let the rest of the Lobos try to produce.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited Does Bob Davie have the right team in place to do what he wants? The running game started to work last year averaging over 300 yards per game, but it came at the expense of the passing attack. The offensive line that was so terrific at times welcomes back four starters to pave the way for Kasey Carrier, who might not be all that big but held up well. The passing attack can’t be any less efficient and it can’t be any worse, and it won’t be with Cole Gautsche ready to push for more work after taking over late in his true freshman season.

Why To Be Grouchy The defense that was so bad against the pass isn’t likely to be appreciably better right away with three starters gone including the team’s leading tackler, safety Matt Raymer, along with fellow safety Freddy Young and corner Destry Berry. Linebacker Dallas Bollema is back along with top pass rushing end Jacori Greer, but the rest of the starting front seven has to be replaced. It’s going to be an interesting spring in a fight for jobs.

What Needs Working On Out of all the things New Mexico has to work on, improving the passing game has to be at the top of the list. Davie’s offense did a great job of pounding away at times cranking out 300 yards per more in every game but the loses to Texas, Texas Tech and, oddly enough, Colorado State, but the passing attack wasn’t even a part of the plan in the ground-only style. On the year the Lobos threw five touchdown passes – with just one in the first eight games – and only hit the 100-yard mark three times.

Team Concerns For 2013: The passing game has to at least be functional. The ground game was terrific, but defenses quickly figured out that there wasn't any hope of the Lobos throwing the ball with one of the nation's most inefficient passing games that finished second-to-last in America in passing yards. The defense needs to be stronger against the pass, finishing last in the Mountain West in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The Lobos are bringing in a few running backs to grind away like Bob Davie wants with Teriyon Gipson and Romell Jordan each able to potentially carry the workload. JUCO transfer Clayton Mitchem will, at the very least, add immediate depth at quarterback and receivers Dameon Gamblin and Lamar Jordan should help out the passing game. Corner Isaiah Brown could quickly become the team's best defensive back, while Dakota Cox is an interesting linebacker prospect out of Utah.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 109. That Class Was Heavy On ... Former head man Mike Locksley was supposed to be a big-time recruiter, and while he came up with a nice player here and there, he didn’t get the job done and the shelves are hardly stocked. Bob Davie believes in tough defense, but he also wants to come up with the building blocks up front to give an even bigger boost to a line that got plenty of prospects last year. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 114. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. Mike Locksley was supposed to be a great recruiter after rocking at Illinois, and while he has maintained his pipeline to Maryland/Washington D.C., he hasn’t gotten a slew of difference makers. This year, his class is trying to do more up front on offense with Korian Chambers, a 6-6, 350-pound JUCO transfer, needing to shine right away at tackle. 6-7, 345-pound Jamal Price will blot out the sun at one tackle spot.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 85. That Class Was Heavy On ... Wide receivers. After bringing aboard a slew of quarterbacks last year, the Lobos needed an upgrade in receiving talent for the near future. Head coach Mike Locksley, even after a bizarre and disastrous 2009, was able to use his talents as a recruiter, which was considered his strength when hired, to sign on four receivers led by Joshua Ford from Washington D.C., Locksley's pipeline that brought in so much talent to Illinois, and Detchauz Wray. Even with all the quarterbacks in last year's class, Locksley was still able to get Tarean Austin out of Florida.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 88. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. They might not be needed right away, and there are a few young options in Brad Gruner and Tate Smith already in place to push Donovan Porterie, who’s returning from injury, but the two new quarterbacks will be in the hunt for time by 2010. Darren Jones and Emmanuel Yeager are tall, athletic players who can do a little of everything.


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