Penalties, Tulsa pound UNM

In the Bob Davie era at New Mexico, the saying “Out Work. Out Hit. Out Discipline” has been as much of a slogan as it has been a mission statement. But Saturday against Tulsa, the Lobos were unable to hold up their end of the bargain on that last two portions as the Golden Hurricane punished UNM in a 40-21 victory before 24,167 at University Stadium.

“We got off to a good start,” Davie said. “Obviously, the first drive we take it the length of the field, and then they throw the ball over the top of us for a huge gain. It put us kind of back on our heels. But if you look at the game and just go through the amount of mistakes that we’re making, it’s obviously on me.”

New Mexico (1-1) allowed Tulsa to amass 600 yards of total offense while being held to 390 yards, and just 244 rushing yards in the loss. But the most alarming stat was UNM’s 14 penalties for 154 yards –  easily the most in the Bob Davie era.  Among the penalties were eight personal fouls, seven in the first half. 

The Lobos also committed their first two turnovers of the season, the second coming in the fourth quarter that helped the Golden Hurricane to seal the game.

“The penalties were just unbelievable and I’m sure they were the right calls. It was just some silly things,” Davie said. “When you have that many penalties it’s on the head coach. When you do some of the things we did, it’s on the head coach and there is no other way to say it.

“We thought we could out work, out hit and out discipline and we didn’t do it. They come in here and honestly, out disciplined us,” he said.

The Lobos came out quickly and opened the scoring with a quick and efficient six-play drive, all on the ground with the last 13 on a touchdown run by Teriyon Gipson.

But the Golden Hurricane got a 69-yard touchdown pass from Dane Evans for Josh Atkinson on their third play for a 7-7 game less than a minute after UNM’s TD. 

After the first of four Tulsa field goals made it 10-7, Lamar Jordan hit Dameon Gamblin for a 62-yard touchdown and UNM led 14-10 after one.  UT took the lead for good on another long Evans pass, this 41 yards for Keevan Lucas for a 17-14 lead.

The Hurricane eventually took a 23-14 lead in the third when UNM got closer on a 4-yard Gipson TD run. Then after a stop, the Lobos had a chance for the lead but Jason Sanders missed a 42-yard field goal.

That turned out to be a turning point as Tulsa then went out and scored to make it 30-21 on a 1-yard run by D’Angelo Brewer that capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive.

 After TU’s fourth field goal made it 33-21, the final blow came for UNM.

A diving touchdown catch by Carlos Wiggins appeared to give the Lobos a much-needed touchdown, but UNM was called for an illegal shift. On the next play, Jordan was intercepted, and Tulsa finished the game on a high note.

“It’s the second game of the year (and) we have to get better,” said Davie after the game. “We got exposed a little bit. Our offensive line got exposed. They basically lined up in one defense and covered our guards and whipped us in there.

“I think we have a chance to be a good football team,” he said. “But, they were the better team tonight. They deserved to win that game and they won the game. I think our guys played hard, but I don’t fault the effort at all.”
New Mexico now travels to Tempe, Ariz. for an 8 o’clock kickoff Friday night against Arizona State (1-1). The Sundevils escaped with a 35-21 win over FCS Cal Poly at home Saturday night.

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