New Mexico Opens Conference Play With A Loss
New Mexico struggles to find consistent offense behind a third string quarterback.
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Boise State Takes Care Of Business At Home
New Mexico falls to Boise State 14-28 on the road in their first conference matchup this season. New Mexico is now (1-2) on the season. The Broncos improve to (2-1) after a tough loss against Washington State last Saturday.
Lobo quarterback Lamar Jordan was knocked out of the game late in the second quarter by Boise State defensive lineman Chase Hatada off a targeting call. The usual second string quarterback, redshirt freshman Tevaka Tuioti, did not make the trip due to a concussion. Next in line was junior Arizona State transfer, Colton Gerhart.
Gerhart transferred to New Mexico in hopes to be a running back, but found himself seeing his first action as a Lobo at the quarterback spot on Thursday night.
Gerhart finished the game 7-13 for 67 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The former Sun Devil was also the leading rusher for the Lobos with 49 yards. The Lobos scored early in the second quarter, but would not score again until late in the fourth when the game was out of reach.
New Mexico struggled in trying to put together any solid drives, finishing 3-13 on third downs and 2-4 on fourth downs. New Mexico often gave the Broncos solid field position throughout the entire game.
Boise State was led by backup quarterback Montell Cozart, who played exceptionally well for the injured Brett Rypien. Cozart finished 15-19 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a presence on the ground for the Broncos, finishing as the team leading rusher with 71 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
Another story of the BSU offense was the outstanding play of tight end Jake Roh. Roh had 25 receiving yards, a receiving touchdown, and a direct snap to him which lead to a six-yard touchdown run.
Boise State played much better football this week; not turning the ball over, compared to New Mexico’s two giveaways. This is the second week in a row Lobo running back, Richard McQuarley, has fumbled on the Lobos first drive of the game. Early turnovers are tough to bounce back from and can sway momentum to the other team in the blink of an eye.
Quarterback injuries played a huge role in the outcome of this game, it will be interesting to see who will lead the Lobo offense heading into week four. The Lobos are on the road next week in a tough matchup against Tulsa.
The Broncos play host to Virginia next Friday night.
Here are some highlights from tonight’s game.