New Mexico Falls to Boise State on Thursday, 28-14

The New Mexico Lobos' defense kept them in the game, but in the end it wasn't enough to overcome a stout Boise State defense as the Lobos dropped a 28-14 decision in Boise to fall to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Mountain West.

UNM stayed close the whole way, but got into trouble on offense when Lamar Jordan took a vicious late hit after throwing the ball away from Chase Hatada, who was ejected for targeting.  Unfortunately, UNM lost the services of Jordan for the game as he was injured and couldn't return.  With Tevaka Tuioti, the author of UNM's near comeback last week vs. New Mexico State back in Albuquerque with an injury, that left it up to Coltin Gerhart.  Gerhart was not just taking his first snaps for UNM, but his first snaps since high school in 2013.

UNM fell behind after fumbling the ball on the opening drive, a drive which saw UNM move into Bronco territory.  BSU got a 28-yard touchdown run from Montell Cozart in his first start at quarterback for a 7-0 lead.  UNM answered early in the second quarter when Tyrone Owens took a pitch and scored from 5 yards out to make it 7-7, but BSU answered right back with an 8-play, 91-yard drive capped by a short touchdown catch by Jake Roh.

It stayed that way until just before half, when Jordan was knocked out of the game.  Gerhart came in and led UNM into BSU territory, but a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jason Sanders was long enough but wide to the left.  That kept the game 14-7, and it stayed that way until the fourth.

UNM's defense kept them in the game until early in the fourth quarter, when after getting pinned at its own 1-yard line, UNM was forced to punt from there, and BSU took the ensuing possession for a short 17-yard touchdown drive, capping it off with a trick-play touchdown as the tight end Roh took a direct snap for a 6-yard touchdown.  Roh added another touchdown catch to make it 28-7 with 3:11 left.

Down 28-7, Gerhart threw a 14-yard touchdown to Anselem Umeh for his first career touchdown pass and Umeh's first career catch to make it 28-14.  BSU recovered the onside kick and then took a pair of kneel-downs to end it.

UNM took a lot of chances, converting a fake punt for a first down and going 2-for-4 on fourth down, with one of the misses actually a conversion before the McQuarley fumble.  UNM also tried a flea flicker in the fourth quarter that looked open but Gerhart was hit as he threw and the ball was picked off.

However, it was UNM's stout defense that kept it close, throwing five three-and-outs and allowing just 5.4 yards per play.  UNM's offense was limited to just 267 yards on the night, outgaining Boise State 277-264.

 

Postgame Notes:

This was the ninth meeting between the two teams.

Boise State leads 8-1

Boise State leads 4-1 in Boise

Boise State leads 4-0 in Albuquerque

 

Starting lineup changes for UNM from published two-deep

Offense: RB – Richard McQuarley started for WR Chris Davis, Jr. as UNM started three running backs.

Defense: DB – Elijah Lilly started for D'Angelo Ross

                                                                                                                                       

*New Mexico's captains were Lamar Jordan, Jake Rothschiller, Alex Hart and Blaise Fountain

*Romell Jordan carried the New Mexico flag onto the field.

*UNM won the toss for the third straight game, and received the opening kickoff for the third straight game.

 

TEAM NOTES:

*New Mexico trailed at the half for the second straight game, this 14-7.

*The last time UNM was held to single digit scoring was on November 3, 2012, when UNM lost at UNLV 35-7.  UNM has now scored in double-figures in

*UNM had a season-low one penalty in the game, for just five yards.

*UNM outgained BSU 277-264.

*Coltin Gerhart led UNM with 49 yards rushing, giving UNM six different leading rushers in the last six games (Tyrone Owens, Teriyon Gipson, Lamar Jordan, Romell Jordan, Jay Griffin IV and Coltin Gerhart).

*UNM's longest play of the game was 24 yards.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

*Lamar Jordan was injured on a targeting penalty in the first half, and left the game.  Coltin Gerhart took his first career snaps at quarterback with Tevaka Tuioti not on the trip due to injury.

*Jason Sanders was wide left on a 53-yard attempt at the end of the half.  That ended a string of 12 straight field goals dating back to almost a full calendar year, September 17, 2016.

*Austin Ocasio had a career-high with eight tackles and Rhashaun Epting had a career-high seven.

*Corey Boorquez averaged 41.7 yards per punt.