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A couple things we learned from UNM's season opener

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J.P. Murrieta
September 04, 2017 09:59 PM

The University of New Mexico football team opened up the season with a 38-14 win over Abilene Christian.  It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.  After a pretty uninspiring first half, the Lobos nearly shutout ACU in the second half (only giving up a late, meaningless score with backups in on defense). The Lobos held the Wildcats to just 8 yards net rushing.

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Offensively, the Lobos didn't dominate on the ground like they did last year, but still did enough to win.  An opening drive downfield ended on the one-yard line when UNM failed to convert on fourth down.

"We never got in a rhythm on offense," said head coach Bob Davie after the game.  But they were a more balanced team.  Davie said this team would pass the ball more this season, they did on Saturday night.  The 213 yards passing by Lamar Jordan were the most by a UNM quarterback under Davie.  Jordan set a career-high with 11 completions.  He had never completed more than 9 in a game in his career.

Running back Daryl Chestnut scored two touchdowns.  He scored two rushing touchdowns in each of his other two seasons.

Running back Romell Jordan looked good.  Seven UNM players touched the ball out of the backfield and Jordan led them all with 65 yards on just three carries.  It had been 20 months since Jordan played in a game.  He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

"I thought Romell did outstanding," said Davie.  "It was really good to see him back.  He's put so much into this both on the field and off the field.  It was good to see him smile.  It was good to see him want the football."

The Lobos have now won 8 of their last 9 games dating back to last season.  They will have a tougher test this week against New Mexico State.  Aggies quarterback Tyler Rogers threw for 400 yards in their season opening loss at Arizona State.  He has a good chance to put up similar numbers this Saturday.

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