CFN Take: New Mexico Destroyed By Rams

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Posted Nov 22, 2014


2014 New Mexico Lobos ... Head Coach: Bob Davie

New Mexico Lobos

2014 Schedule
Record: 3-8

Aug. 30 UTEP L 31-24
Sep. 6 Arizona State L 58-23
Sep. 13 OPEN DATE
Sep. 20 at NMSU W 38-35
Sep. 27 Fresno State L 35-24
Oct. 4 at UTSA W 21-9
Oct. 11 San Diego St L 24-14
Oct. 18 at Air Force L 35-31
Oct. 25 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 at UNLV W 31-28
Nov. 8 Boise State L 60-49
Nov. 15 at Utah State L 28-21
Nov. 22 at Colorado St L 58-20
Nov. 29 Wyoming
Nov. 22 at Colorado State 58, New Mexico 20
And You Care Because … Colorado State’s Dee Hart scored six touchdowns with three scoring runs in the second quarter – highlighted by a 76-yard dash – and catching a 20-yard touchdown pass – and Rashard Higgins caught touchdown passes from seven and four yards out on the way to a 51-7 lead. Hart’s 55-yard touchdown run late in the third put a cap on Ram blowout. New Mexico turned it over four times, but got touchdown runs from Lamar Jordan, Rommell Jordan and Teriyon Gibson – the defense couldn’t come up with a stop.
What Else? Colorado State RB Dee Hart ran 20 times for 230 yards and five touchdowns, and caught two passes for 42 yards and a score
- New Mexico QB Lamar Jordan completed 3-of-11 passes for 55 yards and two scores, and ran 14 times for 74 yards and a touchdown
- Total yards: Colorado State 698 – New Mexico 356
- Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins caught ten passes for 167 yards and two scores
Game Rating: C-

Nov. 15 at Utah State 28, New Mexico 21
And You Care Because … Utah State got touchdown runs from LaJuan Hunt from one yard out and Devonte Robinson from 59 yards away to get up early, but New Mexico tied it up at 14 on a 72-yard Romell Jordan dash. The Aggies pulled away for good on a Wyatt Houston ten-yard scoring grab and a 48-yard JoJo Natson run, but that was in in the third quarter. Tyler Duncan caught a 59-yard touchdown pass for the Lobos, but that was it late.
What Else? Utah State ran 36 times for 272 yards and three scores, averaging 7.6 yards per carry
- New Mexico ran 49 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns
- Time of possession: Utah State 422 – New Mexico 400
- Utah QB Kent Myers completed 13-of-21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and he ran ten times for 39 yards
Game Rating: B

Nov. 8 Boise State 60, at New Mexico 49
And You Care Because … In a wild shootout with close to 1,300 combined yards, Boise State four touchdown passes and two scoring runs from Grant Hedrick to help overcome a 28-14 deficit. Teriyon Gipson ran for three touchdowns for the Lobos, and Jhurrell Pressley added two score, but Boise State rolled at will over the last 23 minutes with 24 unanswered points. Jay Ajayi ran for touchdowns from four and 14 yards out for the Broncos, and Hendricks found Shane Williams-Rhoads an 18-yard score and Chaz Anderson for a 36-yard touchdown in the fourth before Ajayi put the game out of reach on his second scoring run.
What Else? Boise State QB Grant Hedrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 367 yards and four scores, and ran 15 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns
- New Mexico RB Teriyon Gipson ran 24 times for 205 yards and three scores
- Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 31 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and caught one pass for 75 yards and a score
- New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley ran seven times for 154 yards and two scores
Game Rating: B

Nov. 1 New Mexico 31, at UNLV 28
And You Care Because … New Mexico scored the first 17 points with Jhurrell Pressley running for two of his three touchdown runs on the day, but UNLV rallied back with 21 straight points. Blake Decker ran for a two-yard score and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence ran for two third quarter touchdowns. The two teams traded touchdown runs in the fourth, with Keith Whitely running for a three-yard score to give UNLV the 28-24 lead, but New Mexico ran 15 plays for 66 yards in almost seven minutes, finishing up with a three-yard Teriyon Gipson run with 1:22 to play.
What Else? Passing yards: UNLV 271- New Mexico 5
- New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley ran 20 times for 138 yards and three scores
- UNLV RB Shaquille Murray-Lawrence ran 20 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns
- UNLV WR Devonte Boyd caught 11 passes for 108 yards
Game Rating: B+

Oct. 18 at Air Force 35, New Mexico 31
And You Care Because … Both teams ran the ball and ran some more, but Air Force got a 50-yard touchdown catch from Jalen Robinette late in the third quarter for a 35-28 Falcon lead. New Mexico could only manage a 28-yard Zack Rogers field goal the rest of the way, stalling in the fourth. D.J. Johnson ran for three short scores for the Falcons, and Kale Pearson added a 21-yard touchdown run to go along with his big scoring pass, but New Mexico got big plays from Jhurell Pressley on touchdown runs from 42 and 50 yards away along with a 43-yard David Guthrie fumble return for a score for a 21-14 lead, but Johnson and the Falcons took over for most of the rest of the way.
What Else? Rushing: New Mexico 52 for 367 yards and three touchdowns averaging 7.1 yards per carry – Air Force 74 times for 269 yards and four touchdowns averaging 3.6 yards per carry
- New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley ran 11 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns
- Air Force QB Kale Pearson completed 5-of-9 passes for 159 yards and a score, and ran 20 times for 66 yards and a touchdown
- Third down conversions: Air Force 9-of-18 – New Mexico 4-of-15
Game Rating: B+

Oct. 10 San Diego State 24, at New Mexico 14
And You Care Because … Donnel Pumphrey went off, running for 246 yards with a 49-yard scoring run in the second quarter and a 93-yard dash late in the third to help San Diego State overcome a mistake-filled day for the win. Lamar Jordan connected with Carlos Wiggins for a 45-yard touchdown, and Teriyon Gipson ran for a one-yard score to keep New Mexico in the game, but it was Pumphrey’s run, and the Aztec defense, that put the clamps down over the last 20 minutes.
What Else? San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey ran 20 times for 246 yards and two scores, and Chase Price ran 17 times for 141 yards and a score.
- New Mexico QB Lamar Jordan completed 8-of-18 passes for 97 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and he led the team with 52 yards on six carries.
- San Diego State used three quarterbacks, and they were all bad combining to complete 5-of-17 passes for 73 yards and two interceptions
- San Diego State: 4 turnovers and ten penalties for 102 yards – New Mexico: one turnover and six penalties for 57 yards
Game Rating: C

Oct. 4 New Mexico 21, at UTSA 9
And You Care Because … After getting down 9-0 on a six-yard Jarveon Williams touchdown run and a Sean Ianno field goal, New Mexico scored 21 unanswered points with Crusoe Gongbay running for a one-yard score and Lamar Jordan running for a nine-yard touchdown in the third, and Jhurell Pressley taking off for a 77-yard touchdown in the fourth. UTSA’s offense sputtered in the second half, but New Mexico controlled the game.
What Else? New Mexico QB Lamar Jordan completed 7-of-11 passes for 72 yards, and led the team with 106 yards and a touchdown on nine carries
- UTSA QB Blake Bogenschutz completed 10-of-16 passes with a pick
Game Rating: C-

Sept. 26 Fresno State 35, at New Mexico 24
And You Care Because … Down three late in the third quarter, Fresno State took control of the game with 14 unanswered points starting with an 11 play, 81-yard drive finishing up with a Joel Quezada touchdown run, and finishing it off with another long drive – going 80 yards – with QB Brian Burrell running for a three-yard score. Burrell threw three touchdown passes including a ten-yarer to Quezada and a 23-yarder to Josh Harper, but New Mexico controlled the game in the first half helped by touchdown runs from 18 yards out from Jhurell Pressley and 26-yards out from Lamar Jordan, but the defense couldn’t stop the Fresno State attack.
What Else? Fresno State QB Brian Burrell completed 27-of-39 passes for 318 yards and three scores with a pick, and ran 13 times for 63 yards and a touchdown
- New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay ran 28 times for 164 yards
- Fresno State RB Marteze Waller ran 19 times for 163 yards.
- Yards: Fresno State 593 – New Mexico 378
Game Rating: C+

Sept. 20 New Mexico 38, at New Mexico State 35
And You Care Because … New Mexico finally pulled ahead for good in a nip-and-tuck game with 27 seconds to play on a five-yard Reece White touchdown catch. New Mexico State had the lead late after grinding out a 17-play drive finishing with a ten-yard Joshua Bowen touchdown catch, but the Lobos rallied back for the victory. UNM ran for 432 yards, but New Mexico State always had an answer – neither team was ever up by more than one score. The Aggies got two Tyler Rogers touchdown passes and an 18-yard scoring run, but all that did was keep the pace.
What Else? New Mexico used four different quarterbacks combining to complete 8-of-14 passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns, but it was Lamar Jordan who came up with the final score completing all three of his passes for 16 yards and a touchdown and ran eight times for 40 yards.
- New Mexico State QB Tyler Rogers completed 32-of-47 passes for 333 yards and two scores with two picks and ran five times for 44 yards and a score
- Total yards: New Mexico State 507 – New Mexico 499
- New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay ran 15 times for 134 yards and a score.
Game Rating: A

Sept. 6 Arizona State 58, at New Mexico 23
And You Care Because … Arizona State jumped out to a 22-0 first quarter lead on one-yard runs from Deante Lewis and Kalen Ballage and a 12-yard Taylor Kelly scoring dash. New Mexico fought its way back with touchdown runs from Jhurell Pressley and Crusoe Gongbay and a 32-yard Teriyon Gipson scoring grab to pull within eight, but ASU pulled away with 17 straight points helped by a 41-yard Cameron Smith touchdown catch.
What Else? Arizona State might have suffered a little bit of a lull, but it finished with 621 yards of total offense. New Mexico ended with 337.
- New Mexico isn’t built to comeback, but it did. Lamar Jordan completed 7-of-11 passes for 130 yards and a score, and the ground game ran for 207 yards and two scores averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
- Arizona State RB D.J. Foster ran 19 times for 216 yards and a score. The Sun Devil offensive line was terrific, pounding away for 423 yards and six touchdowns for a ground game that averaged 8.8 yards per carry.
- New Mexico held on to the ball for almost 35 minutes, but Arizona State kept striking quickly.
Game Rating: C

Aug. 30 UTEP 31, at New Mexico 24
And You Care Because … Aaron Jones ran for a three-yard score with just over two minutes to play to give UTEP the lead, and the defense hung on with a pick to stop a New Mexico rally. A Jones 73-yard touchdown dash – he ran for three scores and 237 yards on the day - gave the Miners a 24-7 lead going into halftime, but it was all New Mexico in the second half with 17 straight points to tie it up highlighted by a 51-yard Cole Gautsche run, but fumble recovery off a muffed punt set up the winning score from Jones. Gautsche finished with 184 yards and two scores on 14 carries and completed 3-of-5 passes for 36 yards.
Game Rating: A

2014 Preview 

2013 isn’t going to work for head coach Bob Davie.

The Mike Locksley era was among the all-time disasters, failing to do much of anything right with no offense and a miserable defense that couldn’t stop anyone. He went 2-26, bottoming out in 2010 scoring just 190 points and giving up 532. Davie entered the picture in 2012 and brought in a steady hand as his Lobos went 4-9, but were competitive losing five games by seven points or fewer.

In 2013, the offense might have been better than 2010 New Mexico, but the 513 points allowed by a supposedly good defense that had the potential to do far more was the real problem.

New Mexico might not have been a Mountain West superpower under Rocky Long, but bowl games became a regular thing and at least the program had an identity. Davie is still trying to find that as he continues to rebuild.

Just when it seemed like positive things were about to come, star quarterback Cole Gautsche went down and out last season with a reported concussion, and the bad year was made worse. This offseason, with several promising options and playmakers returning, top running back Crusoe Gongbay and defensive back SaQwan Edwards faced rape charges, and with the case still going, their futures are still up in the air.

New Mexico hasn’t had any positive continuity or much in the way of luck over the last few years, and now Davie has to hope to catch a break soon.

The team and the coaching staff have to make their own positive things happen, and it has to start on D. Davie knows how to handle a defense, but his Lobos couldn’t stop anyone through the air, and they couldn’t get off the field.

Dead last in the nation in pass efficiency defense, second-to-last in pass efficiency defense, 118th in scoring – the defense didn’t work. The offense continued with its rushing groove, but the passing game didn’t help the cause, and when the defense was giving up points in bunches, a grinding ground game with no air help was no way to navigate through the Mountain West to try to keep up the pace.

Davie is too good a coach for the team to be this bad. But if the defense isn’t night-and-day stronger, the program won’t be, either.

What to watch for on offense: If you’re going to be a running team, you need to be absolutely dominant. For the most part, the Lobos did the job on the ground averaging 6.14 yards per carry with 3,706 yards and 40 touchdowns on the year. However, having the nation’s fourth-best ground game didn’t equate to wins because the defense couldn’t come up with stops. It would be nice to have more of a passing game and more downfield plays after an inconsistent year throwing the ball, but the backs need to come through despite all the uncertainty about the pecking order. The offensive line should be good, there are quick options in the backfield, and Cole Gautsche is back and ready to roll again at quarterback. Now the ground attack has to go from great to totally dominant to bail out the D.


What to watch for on defense: The recruiting class needs to provide some instant help for the 3-4. After allowing over 3,000 rushing yards, 40 touchdowns and 6.2 yards per carry, the line needed some tweaking, and the coaching staff went hard for the instant fix. There was a pass rush from end Brett Bowers, but not much else. Enter JUCO transfer Cole Juarez, a 6-2, 310-pound nose tackle from Riverside CC, and defensive tackles Taylor Timmons and Jack Ziltz, two big bodies that Davie plans on sticking on the inside right away. The team’s two best recruits by far are defensive linemen, too, getting Aaron Jenkins out of Dallas as an eventual starting tackle and Garrett Hughes out of California to push for time on the end right away.

The team will be far better if … the defense could come up with a third down stop. More of a passing game has to be a part of the equation, and the run defense has to tighten up in a huge way, but overall, the D just has to be able to get off the field after allowing teams to convert almost half of their third down chances while doing whatever they wanted down the field. The run D might have been awful, but in key moments the secondary was worse. Opposing quarterbacks hit on a whopping 68% of their throws with 30 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Lobo defense came up with just four picks and almost never came through on long drives. The offense will do its part by hanging on to the ball, but now the defense has to make use of the rest.

The schedule: The Lobos don’t have to leave the state of New Mexico until October, with three of the first four games at home and the other on the road at New Mexico State after a week off to prepare for the rivalry game. Can the Lobos start out the year with a big win against UTEP at home? They’ll have to with Arizona State to follow. And then it’s time to pack the bags with five road games in a seven date stretch before closing out the year with Wyoming. Unfortunately, the games against the West aren’t easy, facing Fresno State and San Diego State to go along with a road game at UNLV, and while getting Boise State at home helps, going to Utah State and Colorado State in back-to-back November weeks could be a disaster.

Best offensive player: Junior QB Cole Gautsche. He’s back after getting knocked out late last season, and he has a clean bill of health and is ready to go. Big, mobile and productive, he has good speed in the open field and has the tools to be better as a passer – now he has to be more efficient. He has to utilize his weapons down the field better and has to start taking advantage of defenses cheating up to stop the run, but when he’s 100%, he has the ability to carry the offense.

Best defensive player: Sophomore LB Dakota Cox. The line didn’t do its job, and the secondary allowed way too many deep plays, but Cox did his part to fill in the gaps as the team’s leading tackler and run stopper. He didn’t do anything to get into the backfield, and he wasn’t disruptive, but he ate up everything that came his way and showed that he’s a tackler and tough player to build around.

Key player to a successful season: Sophomore DT Dominic Twitty. He’ll get a big push from JUCO transfers Cole Juarez, Taylor Timmons and Jack Ziltz, but no matter who ends up working on the nose, the production has to be far better. The Lobos need an anchor to work around, and far too often opposing offenses had no problems pounding away in the middle. Twitty is more of a 3-technique than a nose, but he’ll be asked to make a big impact after redshirting last year.

The season will be a success if … the Lobos win five games. The schedule is too daunting in the midsection and there are too many tough road games to hope for a big breakthrough year, but if the defense can just be a wee bit better, and the key parts can stay healthy on offense, there's a chance to get by UTEP, at New Mexico State, at UTSA and Wyoming. Win those four, come up with an upset along the way, and all of a sudden there's hope for the future.

Key game: Aug. 30 vs. UTEP. When we last saw New Mexico, it was losing its final three games of last season by a combined score of 180 to 87 to close out a brutal 1-6 run. One of the few bright spots on the year was a Week 2 win at UTEP, and now that the matchup is at home to kick off the season, the Lobos have to start out with a win or else it could be next to impossible to think about a winning season.

2013 Fun Stats:
- Rushing Yards: New Mexico 3,706 – Opponents 3,086
- Time of Possession: New Mexico 32:21 – Opponents 27:37
- Interceptions Thrown: New Mexico 5 – Opponents 4

-  2014 New Mexico Preview - What You Need To Know & Top Players


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