As for the homecoming, it wasn’t as comfortable as Danny Gonzales and Rocky Long would have liked.
The University of New Mexico football team’s offensive headache continued in Carson, Calif., On Saturday night as No. 25 San Diego State’s Lobos were beaten 31-7.
It was the first time Gonzales, former SDSU defensive coordinator, and Long, their former head coach, had faced their former team since both left Southern California after helping build an Aztec roster with senior class members they had recruited was filled.
The defeat ended a personal 15-game winning streak that Long had in the rivalry as he was on the winning side every time at UNM or in the state of San Diego.
The Lobos were kept on an overall offensive of only 193 yards, the fourth game in a row they could not win at least 300. Quarterback Terry Wilson struggled again, completing only 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and one interception before leaving the game fourth quarter after injury.
UNM had more meters on penalties (86) than in 34 rush attempts (66).
San Diego State (5-0 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) never fell behind, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Greg Bell less than four minutes after a six-game, 63-yard drive to the Open Score. The Aztecs led 17-0 at halftime.
New Mexico (2-4, 0-2) took their only points in the third quarter after a 15-yard fumble return from Ray Leutele. It was his hit on Bell that forced the ball and the result to reach the Lobos within 17-7. The Aztecs followed their next two possessions with touchdown drives to end the game.
San Diego State got its best start since a school record of 6-0 under Long in 2017, a year that ended with a Mountain West Championship.
The Lobos have now lost four games in a row as the offensive has continued to deteriorate. They averaged only 208 yards and 7.5 points above that range.
The only bright spot in Saturday’s defeat was the real freshman’s game bringing Aaron Dumas back. He had 11 carries for 77 yards while Bobby Cole was held at 10 carries at 25 yards. Cole didn’t play the first half and sat out half the game after being kicked out for target violation in last week’s Air Force loss.
The Lobos rushed minus five yards in the third quarter. After Wilson’s injury, Trae Hall and CJ Montes each got short turns as quarterback. For Montes, a true freshman from Pasadena, California, it was his college debut.
He failed his only pass attempt and had lost a yard scramble in the last minute of the game.
The Lobos return home on Saturday at University Stadium to face Colorado State. The Lobos lost 10 straight to the Rams.
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