Posted at: 11/03/2012 11:44 AM
Updated at: 11/03/2012 5:16 PM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
New Mexico went to Las Vegas, Nev. with a win on its mind. Instead, the Lobos took a drubbing from UNLV, 35-7.
The Lobos (4-6, 1-4 MWC) have lost three straight games, and must win their final three games to be considered for a bowl berth.
UNLV (2-8, 2-3) did not struggle against the New Mexico run option - a headache for most - and never trailed in the game.
Kasey Carrier came into the game second in the nation in rushing yards. He finished with 18 carries and 52 yards.
Quarterback Cole Gautsche started under center for New Mexico. He had a difficult time adjusting to the Rebels defense, which rushed eight men at times, and was forced to play from behind the entire game.
Carlos Wiggins scored the lone touchdown for the Lobos.
UNLV was led by two 100 yard rushers - Bradley Randle (113 yards, 2 TD) and Tim Cornett (107 yards, 1 TD). Quarterback Nick Sherry had 289 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 75-yard bomb on a third down play that gave the Rebels their 35-7 lead.
...New Mexico brings out McCown to handle quarterback duties. UNM down 35-7 with 2 minutes to play.
...UNLV adds another touchdown. Bradley Randle scampered 53 yards for his third touchdown of the day. Randle and Tim Cornett have both rushed for more than 100 yards for the Rebels.
...New Mexico ends a red zone possession with an interception. The Lobos get the ball back on turnover, but nothing from the offense.
...The Lobos enter the fourth quarter down 28-7. UNM must pass the ball if it hopes to stage a comeback. In game so far, the Lobos have 44 rushing attempts and 4 pass attempts.
Third Quarter UNLV 28 UNM 7
...This one is pretty much in the books. UNLV goes up 28-7 on the last play of the third quarter. The 75 yard touchdown pass from Sherry to Devante Davis will be hard to overcome.
...Carlos Wiggins scored on the 5-yard run for New Mexico. The play was set up by a 28-yard quarterback keeper by Gautsche.
...Touchdown New Mexico. UNM inches closer, down 21-7 with 8 minutes in quarter.
...The Lobos hold UNLV to a three and out on the Rebels' first drive.
Second Quarter UNLV 21 UNM 0
...UNM takes something positive into halftime. Momentum. Matt Raymer intercepts a pass from a marching UNLV offense. Lobos end the second quarter down 21-0.
...Lobos have another drive stalled just before entering the UNLV redzone. UNM has 115 total yards, 91 rushing. UNLV already has more than 300 total team yards.
...Lobos continue to struggle on offense. UNLV drives the ball for another touchdown. Lobos down 21-0.
...UNLV scores another touchdown. Nick Sherry completes 17 yard pass to Bradley Randle. Lobos down 14-0.
...UNLV stalls another UNM drive. Lobos down heading into the second quarter, 7-0.
...Lobos punt the ball to UNLV and the Rebels cap an 80 yard drive with a touchdown by running back Tim Cornett. UNLV leads UNM, 7-0.
...The Lobos cause a turnover, but stall on the drive after two straight first down plays. Quarterback Cole Gautsche, not known for his passing skill, was sacked on a third down pass attempt.
The New Mexico Lobos are in a must win game Saturday against Mountain West Conference foe UNLV.
Yes, the 2 p.m kick off in Las Vegas, Nev. between the Lobos (4-5, 1-3 MWC) and Rebels (1-8, 1-3) has bowl game implications.
New Mexico needs to win three out of its final four games to qualify for a bowl berth, and the Lobos should win on the road against struggling UNLV.
But, can the Lobos avoid costly injuries that have hampered their previous two games?
Freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche - forced by injuries to the sidelines in the last two games - will run the option offense for New Mexico today.
The Rebels will bet on Gautsche to try and make plays out of the pocket.
This season Gautsche has 463 rushing yards, but he has completed just 2 passes for 24 yards.
If Gautsche is forced out of the game, expect sophomore Quinton McCown to step in under center.
B.R. Holbrook is out with injury and is not an option this week.
Running back Kasey Carrier, has success regardless of which quarterback is on the field. The 1,000 yard rusher has pegged more than 100 yards in the last 4 games, including a conference record 338 yards against Air Force.
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