Posted at: 10/27/2012 10:23 AM
Updated at: 10/27/2012 8:01 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
The New Mexico Lobos had an early 21-0 lead. But injuries at quarterback and 41 unanswered points led to a Fresno State win on Saturday, 49-32.
The Lobos scored a touchdown with less than a minute to play, but the injuries at quarterback and 41 unanswered points by Fresno State led to the loss.
No jumpstart for the New Mexico offense to open the fourth quarter. Lobos punt with 13 minutes to play. Fresno State keeps momentum in gear. The Bulldogs have the ball in the Lobos redzone with 11:22 minutes to play. UNM down 35-24.
Fresno State punches the ball into the endzone. Lead UNM 42-24 with 11 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs continue to pile on the scores. Michael Harris runs in a 1-yard score to increase the Fresno State lead with 6 minutes to play. UNM is down, 49-24.
The Bulldogs score a touchdown on their fifth straight possession. Fresno State leads UNM 35-24 to enter the 4th quarter.
Without Gautsche or Holbrook, the Lobos don't have much of an offensive identity. It's going to take a serious effort from both sides of the ball to bring the Lobos back into this game.
Fresno State scores on its fourth straight possession. Carr connected with Davante Adams on an 89-yard touchdown pass. We know UNM has problems offensively now, this is not a good sign for the defense's chances to win the game for the Lobos.
Fresno State scores a 21-yard touchdown pass with 9:46 to play in the quarter. UNM leads 24-12.
Quinton McCown is in at quarterback for the Lobos. No signs that Gautsche or Holbrook will return.
Lamaar Thomas and Carrier are also taking snaps at QB for the Lobos.
An early lead is now in doubt as along with New Mexico struggles with injuries at the quarterback position.
The Lobos ended the first half with third string quarterback Quinton McCown under center.
Fresno State scored two touchdowns in the second half and left the field with major momentum.
Will the Lobos hold on?
With Gautsche out B.R. Holbrook took over under center in the first quarter.
Carrier scored his second rushing touchdown of the day early in the second quarter, UNM led 21-0.
Carrier entered the half with 116 yards on 13 attempts.
Fresno State jumped onto the scoreboard with a 77-yard drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Victor Dean.
On the next possession, Holbrook left the game with an injury and third string quarterback McCown took his turn.
Carrier also took snaps out of the Wildcat option.
The Lobos hit a field goal to increase the lead 24-7.
Fresno State responded with another long drive to end the second half down 24-14.
The Lobos showed how they can move the ball when they are at 100 percent.
Freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche started under center and the Lobos rode the the Kasey Carrier train to an early 7-0 lead.
Carrier capped a 65 yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown run.
Then the defense added points to the scoreboard off a 40 yard interception return for a touchdown by Joe Stoner.
However, bad news preceded the 14-0 lead.
Gautsche took a blow to the head on the previous possession.
He suffered a neck injury and is not expected to return to the game.
Seven is the magic number for the New Mexico Lobos.
The Lobos host Fresno State in a 1:36 p.m. kickoff Saturday at University Stadium.
New Mexico (4-4, 1-2 MWC) is hosting Fresno State (5-3, 3-1) for the first time since 1998.
A win today will leave the Lobos just two wins shy of bowl eligibility.
The Lobos are coming off a 28-23 loss at Air Force last week that left tons of silver lining despite injuries. UNM was shorthanded at quarterback against the Falcons, both Cole Guatsche and B.R. Holbrook missed playing time. That opened up the offense for running back Kasey Carrier, who recorded 338 rushing yards, a new Mountain West Conference single game rushing record.
Last week, Fresno State laid a 42-14 drubbing at home against Wyoming. The Bulldogs bring a passing first offense that averages more than 36 points and 300 yards a game.
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