New Mexico Lobo Preview

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Head coach:  Rocky Long (7th year at UNM)
(Career: 34-41 | At UNM: 34-41 | Pac-10 record: 0-5)

Current ranking: NR in either poll
Current record: 1-1, 0-0
Last year's record: 8-5, 5-2 (2nd in MWC)
Bowl game: Lost to Oregon State 55-14 in the Las Vegas Bowl
Streak:  One game winning streak

 

Last week...
Defeated Texas Tech 27-24 on field goal with time expiring.
Last Saturday, the Lobos halted a 10-game, 20-year drought to Texas Tech, edging the Red Raiders 27-24 on Wes Zunker’s 43-yard field goal as time expired. UNM had not beaten Tech since 1984 and had lost 27 of its past 28 games to teams currently in the BCS. The Lobos avoided being 0-2 for the first time since 2000.

 

Last time UNM and OSU met...
Dec. 24, 2003, Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14
OSU completely dominated last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, winning 55-14...RB Steven Jackson scored 5 TDs, rushing for 149 yards and 4 TDs...QB Derek Anderson was 21-33 passing for 322 yards...OSU compiled 29 first downs and 540 yards while UNM had just 7 first downs,6 net yards rushing and 127 total yards, the 2nd-lowest output by a Lobo team in the past 189 games.

 

Series history (OSU leads 2-1):
(1979: UNM 35, OSU 7 | 2000: OSU 28 , UNM 20 | 2003: OSU 55, UNM 7)
The two schools meet for the fourth time with OSU holding a 2-1 advantage...this is the first meeting in Corvallis after two games (1979, 2000) in Albuquerque and last year’s contest at the Las Vegas Bowl.

 

Rocky on Oregon State…
“It’s their home opener, and after two tough losses against very good football teams, I’m sure we’ll get the very best they have physically and emotionally. Oregon State is an excellent football team; probably the most talented team of our first three opponents. We were probably a more confident team going into the Texas Tech game because of the way we played against Washington State. So, I expect our confidence level to be high as we go into this week’s game at Oregon State.”

 

Players to watch:

QB Kole McKamey (6-2, 208) - Oregon State had trouble containing Boise State's Jared Zabransky and McKamey presents the same problem...whether the Beavers can contain him or not will be one of the main keys to the game.

The offensive line (avg. 330 lbs) - Can the Beaver defensive linemen get penetration into the backfield to slow down running back DonTrell Moore...will they be able to get past the talented linemen to harass McKamey.

LB Fola Fashola (5-11, 209) - a playmaker who is having an outstanding season...emotional, physcial, and plays all over the field.

S Josh Bazinet (5-11, 202) - another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball that could make Derek Anderson's life misrable...good football instincts and excellent at wrapping up the opposition.

 

Injury Report:

  • UNM is expected to be at full strength on Saturday

 

OSU-UNM Ties:

  • New Mexico head coach Rocky Long was Jerry Pettibone’s defensive coordinator at
    Oregon State from 1991-95.
  • Lobo defensive coordinator Osia (OH-say) Lewis is a 1986 graduate of OSU where he was a four-year letterman and a decorated linebacker from 1982-85...a long jumper and standout quarterback and punter at Tucson (Ariz.) High School, Lewis played quarterback, safety, linebacker and wide receiver for the Beavers...as a senior in 1985, he was named OSU’s Most Inspirational Player, served as team captain and earned All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-American honors by the Associated Press...Lewis still holds the school record for career fumble recoveries (8) and is tied for the lead in fumble recoveries in a season (4)...he spent 13 years at OSU either as a student or as a coach...he was a graduate assistant for the football team in 1987-88, then served as linebackers and special teams coach from 1991-96.
  • Beavers defensive line coach Greg Newhouse was the Lobos’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Mike Sheppard in 1990...Newhouse is in his 8th year with OSU
  • Current Lobo men’s basketball coach Ritchie McKay came from Oregon State in April of 2002...McKay posted a 22-37 record in two seasons in Corvallis

 

Miscellaneous Lobo Notes:

  • Oregon State is New Mexico’s third BCS opponent. UNM lost to Washington State and beat Texas Tech.
  • The Lobos have not started 2-1 since 1998.
  • Rocky Long needs just 7 wins to move into first place on the school’s victory list.
  • UNM has increased their win total that past five seasons, a feat no other team in the country can claim.
  • All of the Lobos games will be televised this season.
  • New Mexico has a 24-70-2 record against current members of the Pac-10 and has lost 8 straight to its western neighbors, including the past two years in the Las Vegas Bowl to UCLA and Oregon State.
  • The last time the Lobos defeated a Pac-10 foe was in 1979 when they defeated Oregon State in Albuquerque.
  • UNM’s victory over Texas Tech was its first in 20 years.
  • New Mexico is 28-6 when committing less turnovers then their opponents.
  • Three of the four Lobo’s team captains (DonTrell Moore, Josh Bazinet, and Nick Speegle) graduated from New Mexico high schools.
  • UNM is 9-3 in November games
  • The Lobos have 16 members of their team that were former walk-ons.

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