MWwire: Wyoming Blows Out New Mexico At Home
New Mexico turnovers continue to cause problems this season.
New Mexico Loses Third Straight Conference Game
New Mexico falls to (3-5, 1-4) in an ugly 42-3 loss in Wyoming. This is the third straight loss by the Lobos with the most recent victory coming in late September when New Mexico beat Air Force at home. The Cowboys improve to (5-3, 3-1) behind an impressive defensive showing. The Lobos turned the ball over a total of seven times with five picks and two fumbles. New Mexico gave up a 35 point second quarter, and went into halftime down 42-0. Turnovers have plagued the Lobos all season long and this game would prove to be no different with the Cowboys scoring 35 points off New Mexico’s giveaways.
Freshman quarterback, Tevaka Tuioti, would get the start for the Lobos over senior Lamar Jordan. Tuioti would pass for 47 yards on eight for 17 passing along with three interceptions. Despite the pre-game decision to have Jordan come off the bench, the fifth-year senior still saw some action, going two for eight for 22 yards and two interceptions. New Mexico struggled to find any offense throughout the entire game, not scoring until the fourth quarter off a 42-yard field goal by Jason Sanders.
Wyoming was in plus territory for most of the game because of the Lobos sloppy play, giving Josh Allen short fields to work with. Allen passed for 234 yards on 16 for 28 passing for four touchdowns. The
Lobos had 184 yards of total offense, 115 on the ground and 69 through the air. New Mexico head coach Bob Davie has stressed taking care of the ball this season, but they have not lived up to expectations. The Lobos were already near the bottom of the nation in turnover differential, adding seven turnovers with no takeaways will not help their cause.
The Lobos will be back at home next week when they take on the Utah State Aggies. Wyoming will play their second consecutive home game in a crucial Mountain West matchup against the Colorado State Rams.