Overcoming the Onslaught

The old coaching adage is you can't coach speed, and yes kids speed kills.

"Survive the onslaught" Those were the words of Coach Mike Locksley during last Tuesday's media luncheon… Locks talked about knowing the onslaught was going to come and being able to recover as soon as possible from it.

 

Well today's "onslaught" started early, and really the Lobos never recovered as the #11 Oregon Ducks put it on New Mexico to the score of 72-0 and really it wasn't that close.

 

I have to admit early on I was feeling good during Oregon's first drive as the Ducks drove the ball into the New Mexico red zone when Joe Stoner made a huge interception to stop the Oregon drive. It was reminiscent to Stoner's stuff and fumble in last year's victory over CSU… The dream was alive in Rudy C's living room as the Lobo offense came on the field.

 

The very next play BR Holbrook hit Ty Kirk for a first down and the dream was really alive!

 

To quote Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath however… Dreams turn to nightmares, Heaven turns to hell…
 

 

The Lobo drive stalled and a bad snap during a punt gave the Ducks the ball deep in Lobo territory and the Oregon "onslaught" ensued with OU's Kenjon Barner finding the end zone three times in the first quarter as he along with David Paulson TD pass gave the Ducks a 28 to nothing lead in the first quarter.

 

The Oregon onslaught wasn't finished as Kenjon Barner found himself in the end zone two more times in the 2nd quarter. As an added bonus punt returner added a pair of 60+ yard punt returns for touchdowns!

 

"Let's not beat ourselves," Locks said in last Tuesday's presser. "I told the players to give ourselves a chance to be in it and make them beat us."

 

Well, unfortunately, those words didn't get through as UNM had 8 first downs the entire game while giving up two interceptions, 4 fumbles (one UNM recovered) 2 interceptions, the botched punt, the two punt returns…

 

All this ends up making a very ugly 72-0 loss…


Now the question is, can this Lobo program "overcome the onslaught" as Texas Tech comes to town for the home opener.

 

Which leads me to what I am the most angry about…

 

Why are we prostituting the program with these "body bag" games. That is exactly what games like this are.

 

The Lobos were totally outclassed by Oregon today. To be honest for a young team that is struggling to find its identity and for a young coach to be trying to build a program like Coach Locksley is, the administration did no favors by scheduling the Oregon Ducks this year. I understand that when the schedule was made we didn't know that Rocky Long wasn't going to be the coach, but honestly, why schedule an ass whipping?

As that is exactly what today's game was. Lobo LB Carmen Messina was escorted off the field with an ankle injury, I saw Lobo players being injured physically, but more importantly emotionally today! These guys have to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally from an ass whipping, and not just today either!

 

New Mexico has a such a fragile and fleeting fan base that these guys get to hear all about their "failure" all week long from so called "fans" and students this week. If you hit our message board today or listened to the post game show you can see the sharks are already lining up. The newspaper's write in section will be packed with little devils this week…

 

So we get our players beat up, bust up their psyche early in the year, we crush our fragile fan base, who happens to hopefully buy tickets, T-shirts, concessions, and hopefully build up some tradition around here…

 

We do it all for a roughly 400K paycheck this year, and around 1,000,000 the next couple. I'm curious how much $$$ and tradition we lose out on… For a long time and lifelong Lobo fan I'm willing to bet more than we are actually making…

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