After Saturday’s 35-3 drubbing in opposition to the Air Force at Falcons Stadium, New Mexico Lobos can take comfort–though chilly comfort–that wasn’t a getaway.
It was by no means for take out.
In this there was no “if not for it” or “if not for it”, no “what could have been”. There was no turning level, no decisive sport. The Luftwaffe simply dominated.
“They outperformed us physically,” mentioned Lobos coach Danny Gonzales. “…They outperformed us physically and outplayed us.”
Yes they did.
On one aspect of the ball, with the 131st and ultimate ranked UNM offense matched in opposition to the ninth-ranked Air Force protection, the end result could not have been extra predictable. The Lobos (2-8, 0-6 Mountain West) managed simply 172 yards in complete offense.
As a end result, Air Force (7-3, 3-3) now ranks fifth in general protection.
On the different aspect of the ball, one might need anticipated extra from the UNM protection. But with the offense unable to maintain a drive previous 9 video games and compelled in 4 three-and-outs, what probability did the protection have in opposition to the nation’s No. 1 dashing crew?
Regarding “if only,” Gonzales may solely level to the nice one.
The Lobos had been solely 0:14 behind at halftime. Gonzales mentioned afterwards, “If we had any offense, it would be one hell of a football game.”
They did not, and it wasn’t like that.
From right here, with two video games remaining, issues do not get a lot simpler.
San Diego State (6-4, 4-2), coming to University Stadium on Friday, is thirty ninth in complete protection and twenty fifth in opposition to the onslaught. The Lobos had solely 44 yards on the floor in opposition to the Air Force.
Colorado State (2-8, 2-4), which hosts the Lobos in the Black Friday season finale, is a much better crew in November below coach Jay Norvell than they had been in September as a freshman 12 months. The Rams held Wyoming for 236 complete yards in a 14-13 loss on Saturday.
If the Lobos are to have any probability of avoiding a 2-10 document and a winless Mountain West marketing campaign, Gonzales’ crew mantra – “effort, attitude and will” – must be greater than lip service.
“You have to go out there and play the game like it’s your last game,” senior linebacker Reco Hannah mentioned. “Especially with the youthful guys, it builds on that. We have to alter the tradition.
“Win, lose or draw, you have to make an effort.”
REVIEW: The Air Force (7-3, 3-3 Mountain West Conference), in management from begin to end, arms the New Mexico Lobos (2-8, 0-6) a 35-3 drubbing at Falcons Stadium .
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Not a lot. At least the Lobos did not make a turnover and obtained one — a compelled fumble from Jerrick Reed II and a restoration from AJ Haulcy that helped Luke Drzewiecki keep away from a shutout with a 39-yard discipline aim. A 31-yard go from Justin Holaday to Georgon Porter put the Lobos in place for the discipline aim.
WHAT WENT WRONG: The Lobos solely drove into plus territory from their aspect of the discipline as soon as, and that was on their final possession of the sport. They poked six instances and turned the ball on downs twice. The protection gave up a 65-yard run on the Falcons’ third play and gave up TDs on drives of 84, 75, and 78 yards. Holiday was sacked 5 instances, and his 31-yard go to Porter might need scored a landing had it not been undermined.
INJURY REPORT: None noticed.
QUOTE FROM DANNY: “We’re not good enough on offense to help this team succeed, so that’s the biggest challenge and biggest[endeavour]of the offseason.”