It's Rout 66 for Lobos over Delta Devils

The New Mexico football team took the soggy Branch Field turf on Saturday for their first live game of the season with one thing in mind – let LoboNation and everyone else know they are for real in 2015. And the Lobos did just that, routing their FCS opponent Mississippi Valley State 66-0 before 21,903 at University Stadium.

"We really just wanted to go out there and make a statement,” said linebacker Kimmie Carson. “So I think holding them to zero points made a statement no matter the team. We did what we wanted to do."

The Lobos were impressive against their overmatched opponents, tying a school and Mountain West record scoring eight rushing touchdowns in a game. UNM also tallied its first shutout since 2008 and held the Delta Devils to just 28 rushing yards, the first time the Lobos have held an opponent under 100 yards since 2012.

New Mexico also racked up 511 yards of total offense, 360 on the ground and 151 through the air while limiting the Delta Devils to 74 yards of total offense.

Despite the win, New Mexico head coach was measured in his praise for the team

"I see explosiveness,” he said after the game. “I think we have the potential to be an explosive football team. We have a lot of new players that bring something to the table, as we anticipated they would. I think we're a pretty darn explosive football team, including our kicker.

“That's what I take out of this game. We were better than they were. But again I don't take a shutout ever for granted. I don't ever take 66 points for granted. You take nothing for granted. It went about as well as it could go,” he concluded.

The Lobos took a little bit of time getting rolling, scoring the first touchdown of the game at the 8:08 make of the first quarter on a 28-yard run by starting quarterback Lamar Jordan.

UNM’s “Rout 66” began in earnest when Reno Henderson recovered a Romel Jordan  fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown with 2:38 in the first quarter and Jhurrel Pressley punched in a 7-yard touchdown run after the Lobos recovered a Devils’ fumble on the MVSU 7-yard-line.

Four minutes later, Tyrone Owens scored the first of his two touchdown runs on an 8-yard run to make the score 28-0 and the rout was on.

Kicker Jason Sanders added a 28-yard field goal at the end of a 14-play, 69-yard drive to give the Lobos a 38-0 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same as David Anaya scored with 10:28 left in the third quarter and Daryl Chesnut added long touchdown runs of 64 and 37 yards to give UNM a 59-0 lead going into the final quarter.

Travis Green capped the scoring for New Mexico with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown with 8:33 left in regulation.

Chesnut finished the game as UNM’s top rusher with 108 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. Pressley finished with two touchdowns and 47 yards on 10 carries.

Jordan and freshman signal caller Austin Apodaca shared time under center in the season opener. Jordan finished with 165 yards of total offense, 62 on the ground and 103 passing yards on a 7-of-7 performance. Apodaca finished 4-of-11 for 48 yards.

“"It's a blessing to play the first game,” said Jordan after the game.  “Everybody's a little antsy. I love season openers. I'm glad what we showcased, and I can't wait for Tulsa."

Tulsa (1-0) arrives to University Stadium next Saturday for a 6 p.m. kick off . The Golden Hurricane defeated Florida International 47-44 in overtime, battling back from a 38-28 deficit going into the fourth quarter.

“I think the game next week has the potential to be one of the biggest games around here in a long time, I really mean that,” said Davie. “Tulsa's a team that has scored 124 points in the last two meetings in 2008 and 2009. So I think it's a pivotal game for us. So were on to the next one now."

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