New Mexico Keys To Victory Against Colorado State
Will New Mexico be able to get back on track against Colorado State?
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New Mexico Will Have A Tough Task In Week Seven
New Mexico is back home in week seven when they face off against the Colorado State Rams. New Mexico is coming off an ugly 38-0 loss against Fresno State last Saturday. This was the first time the Lobos where shut out since week two in 2012 when they were blown out by the Texas Longhorns 45-0.
The Lobos will be looking at a (3-3, 1-2) record and the Rams will be going into Albuquerque with an impressive (5-2, 3-0) record. Colorado State is coming off a closely contested conference game against Nevada, when the Rams held on to win 44-42. Here are some keys to victory for the Lobos to pull off the upset at home:
1) Find some consistent offense. The Lobos offense has been one of the major questions throughout this season, they have looked unstoppable at times, but have looked clueless in other games. New Mexico must have the mentality of sticking to the run.
Pounding the rock is what got the job done against Air Force two weeks ago. Getting their running backs into the second level of the Ram defense will be crucial for offensive success.
2) Avoid giving up the big play defensively. New Mexico’s secondary gave up 299 yards through the air and three touchdowns on just 13 pass completions. Not getting beat deep and keeping everything in front of them should give their defense the opportunities they need to make big plays.
Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens passed for 384 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s victory over the Wolfpack. New Mexico could easily find themselves in a similar situation as last week if they give long completions.
3) Start out very strong. The Lobos are not built to come back from behind; Fresno State was able to hop out in front 14-0 after one quarter of play. A good start could make the Rams offense much more predictable, which should help a struggling Lobo secondary. Jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first half could put the Lobos in a great spot to win.
4) Develop some form of special teams. New Mexico is 101st in the nation in kick return yards, averaging just under 19 yards a return. The punt return game does not get much better, totaling 33 return yards on six punts. New Mexico is averaging just one forced punt a game; they must start creating opportunities for their offense in the return game.
A special teams spark could be what sways momentum in the favor of New Mexico. All phases of the game must be played to perfection if the Lobos plan on getting win number four for this season.