Falcons 12 Lobos 24

The University of New Mexico's DonTrell Moore did pretty much what everyone expected and what the Falcons hoped they could keep from happening Moore, the nation's leading scorer, ran for two TDs and accumulated 188 rushing yards on route to setting the single-season school rushing record for New Mexico as the Lobos soundly beat the Falcons 24-12.

The Falcons entered this game with high hopes riding on the back of the nation's third best rushing attack at nearly 302 yards a game, but the Lobos had something to say about that as they brought a new defensive look to the game with four down linemen and blitz crazy linebackers.  The Falcons' offense continued to try the corner with their speed option but the Lobo defense was too quick.  Few holes were found anywhere in the Lobo defense though and the Falcons had better luck up the middle.  Air Force finished with a season low 158 rushing yards and 273 total offensive yards  In the first half the Falcons could only muster 61 yards rushing. 

Air Force's only touchdown came with less than 2 minutes in the game when the gifted halfback Darnell Stephens scored on a 1-yard run.  The Falcons found their way inside the red zone on two occasions but left with field goals instead of touchdowns.  Joey Ashcroft kicked 25 and 26 yard field goals in the 2nd period.

Short passes worked as AFA's TE Adam Strecker caught a season high 4 passes for 55 yards.  Not enough though to make a difference in this game as the Lobos blitzing defense showed no respect for Air Force's anemic passing game.

New Mexico's ground game was so prolific (274 rushing yards)  that Kelly's passing game was virtually non-existent he completed just 5 of 10 passes for 90 yards.  New Mexico, now 7-4 overall and  4-2 in the conference is bowl eligible and very likely to get it's third bowl bid in 42 years, the Lobos have an excellent shot at finishing 2nd in the Mountain West Conference.

Air Force, after what seems to be another year of unraveling at season's end will have to end with a strong win over a not so easy to beat San Diego State team in the Falcon's regular season finale to have any shot at all of getting a bowl offer.  The Falcons are pretty beat up now and fairly well whipped mentally after their exhausting loss to the Lobos.  Can the Fisher and his staff rebound themselves and pick this team up enough to get one more win this year?  We will see just how badly the Falcons want to end this season on a winning note.



Stats


 
Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Air Force...........  0  6  0  6  - 12       Record: (7-4,3-3)
New Mexico..........  7  7  3  7  - 24       Record: (7-4,4-2)



Scoring Summary:
1st 
07:13 UNM - MOORE, DonTrell 1 yd run (ZUNKER, Wes kick), 12-59 
5:33, AFA 0-UNM 7
2nd 
14:56 UNM - MOORE, DonTrell 1 yd run (ZUNKER, Wes kick), 10-76 
4:20, AFA 0 - UNM 14
09:35 AFA - Ashcroft, Joey 25 yd field goal, 13-54 5:16, AFA 3 - UNM 14
00:28 AFA - Ashcroft, Joey 26 yd field goal, 8-50 1:57, AFA 6 - UNM 14
3rd 
08:59 UNM - ZUNKER, Wes 23 yd field goal, 11-75 6:01, AFA 6 - UNM 17
4th
09:06 UNM - BOYD, Adrian 10 yd pass from KELLY, Casey 
(ZUNKER, Wes kick), 11-67 5:43, AFA 6 - UNM 24
01:14 AFA - STEPHENS, Darne 1 yd run (Cole, Adam rush failed),
 8-57 1:57, AFA 12 - UNM 24



                                    AFA      UNM
FIRST DOWNS...................       15       23
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   44-158   58-274
PASSING YDS (NET).............      115       90
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........   15-8-1   10-5-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   59-273   68-364
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............      1-3     4-23
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     4-62     1-20
Interception Returns-Yards....      0-0      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-45.4   4-28.8
Fumbles-Lost..................      1-0      0-0
Penalties-Yards...............     3-25     4-25
Possession Time...............    24:47    35:13
Third-Down Conversions........  8 of 15  5 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 0   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      3-4      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      1-7      0-0

RUSHING: Air Force-HARRIDGE, Chanc 17-70; Cole, Adam 8-30; STEPHENS,
Darne 4-27; Massie, Steve 4-24; Shaffer, Dan 2-19; Butler, Anthony 3-3;
Ward, Matt 4-0; Schieffer, Joe 2-minus 15. New Mexico-MOORE, DonTrell
36-188; KELLY, Casey 11-51; COX, D.D. 5-23; BOYD, Adrian 3-10; BYRD, Adrian
1-2; Team 2-0.
PASSING: Air Force-HARRIDGE, Chanc 8-15-1-115. New Mexico-KELLY,
Casey 5-10-0-90.

RECEIVING: Air Force-SCHIEFFER, Joe 4-60; Strecker, Adam 4-55. New
Mexico-BOYD, Adrian 2-17; BASKETT, Hank 1-42; AUGUSTYNIAK, Mi 1-28; PENLEY,
Bryan 1-3.

INTERCEPTIONS: Air Force-None. New Mexico-RATCLIFF, Brand 1-0.

FUMBLES: Air Force-SCHIEFFER, Joe 1-0. New Mexico-None.

 

 



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