The Lobos Air It Out In Season Opener
The Lobos open up the season with a decisive victory over their FCS opponent
The Lobos roll past Abilene Christian in Albuquerque
The New Mexico Lobos squared off against the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Saturday, in a game that featured a display of the improved passing game of UNM. The Lobos went on to defend home field with a final score of 38-14.
Lobos senior quarterback Lamar Jordan went 11 for 17 passing for a career-high 213 yards. With an improved passing game, Jordan may have found himself a favorite target in junior wide receiver Delane Hart-Johnson. Hart-Johnson had not played a game since December of 2015. His 77 yards receiving proves he is back and better than ever.
The Lobos defense looked to be having a tough day stopping the Wildcat offense when ACU was able to march down 99 yards in 15 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. The drive was coming off a goal line stand they put up against the Lobos.
Early in the game, the secondary seemed to be baffled by the quick release of ACU quarterback Dallas Sealey, but soon made the adjustments necessary to shut him down. The Lobos defense would not give up another point until late in the fourth quarter.
Sealey finished the game going 33 of 53 for 240 yards and two interceptions. His short intermediate passes caused the UNM secondary to play tighter coverage, eventually leaving very little room to run after the catch.
The play of the game featured the Lobo secondary when safety Jake Rothschiller returned a 91-yard interception to seal the win for New Mexico.
With the weak point of the Lobos being on the defensive side of the ball, giving up only eight rushing yards should give them a confidence boost they need. With no success running the ball, the Wildcats became one-dimensional and struggled moving the ball against the Lobo defense.
The rushing attack of New Mexico put on a show as well. Daryl Chestnut rallied up 64 yards on just four carries to go along with two rushing touchdowns. One of Chestnut’s touchdowns included a 54-yard run that gave New Mexico a 21-7 lead in the third.
Senior running back Romell Jordan lead the Lobos in rushing with 65 yards on just three carries. With the constant threat of a Lobo running back busting open a play, a passing game could make them much more dangerous on offense.
With game one in the books, the Lobos are host to in-state rival, the New Mexico State Aggies in week two.