Posted at: 10/13/2012 10:10 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2012 7:05 AM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
The New Mexico Lobos gave their triple option rushing attack a brief vacation in Honolulu against the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday.
On the Lobos opening drive, quarterback B.R. Holbrook completed four passes for 60 yards - more than one-third the 168 yards total passing his stat line showed before the game.
The vacation did not last long.
Kasey Carrier scored on a 23-yard option pitch to cap the opening drive, and New Mexico never looked back in the 35-23 win over Hawaii.
Carrier’s two first half touchdowns boosted the Lobos to an early 21-0 lead.
In total, he carried the ball 35 times for 161 yards, and helped New Mexico close out a Hawaii team that was one touchdown shy of taking the lead with 9 minutes left in the game.
New Mexico (4-3, 1-1 MWC) recovered two special teams fumbles - one led to an eventual touchdown - and a defensive fumble that stopped Hawaii 29 yards shy of the endzone early in the fourth quarter.
The Lobo defense made its biggest statement on a third quarter goal line stand where Hawaii neglected a high percentage field goal, and a chance to score on three consecutive possessions, to go for a 4th and 1 at the New Mexico 5 yard line.
Joseph Harris stuffed Hawaii (1-5, 0-3) running back Will Gregory short and the Lobos took over the ball.
Three plays later quarterback Cole Gautsche, whose biggest first half play was an 11-yard pass, ran the option up the middle 76 yards for the touchdown.
Gautsche finished the game with 104 rushing yards. He left the game early with a concussion, head coach Bob Davie said.
The Lobos’ quick lead forced Hawaii into its no huddle offense early in the second quarter.
The Warriors rallied for 10 points to end the first half, and showed its defense was ready to contain the quarterback option pitches to Carrier.
By this point in the game even the Hawaii based television announcers predicted the Lobo offensive plays by the quarterback that was on the field.
Lobos fans can guess the commentator's predictions.
New Mexico finished the game with 452 total team yards.
Holbrook completed 7 out of 12 passes for 109 yards and ran six times for 15 yards.
On the flip side, Gautsche completed his second pass of the season on his only attempt in the game.
Next week the Lobos travel to Air Force (3-3, 2-1), which squeaked by Wyoming 28-27.
Don't expect the Falcons or the Lobos to let their running game take a vacation.