Lobo football heads to Colorado with some momentum
October 12, 2018 10:56 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With Saturday comes another big game for Lobo football after hitting the jackpot last weekend with a victory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Next, New Mexico faces a team that's had their number for the better part of a decade. Colorado State has beaten UNM eight years in a row.
In recent meetings, the Lobos have struggled to slow down the running game of the Rams (2-4).
"Huge numbers rushing the football, and then (in) one year (they had) three rushers over 100 yards and they rushed for 400 yards on us," head coach Bob Davie said. "And two of those running backs are still there."
But New Mexico – which has alternated wins and losses so far this season for a 3-2 record – may have some momentum heading into the matchup. Sheriron Jones is coming off consecutive four-touchdown performances, making him the first Lobo quarterback to do so.
In a short time, Jones has developed a strong chemistry with his receivers after stepping into the shoes previously filled by Tevaka Tuioti, who is out with an injury.
"I was talking to Coach Wright and Coach McGee about how determined I was during the week, and I want to continue that and make sure that's a part of the face of the offense," Jones said.
Lobo wide receiver Delane Hart-Johnson said preparation has been key to New Mexico's success.
"He (Jones) looked at me and gave me signals and I looked back and it was on the same page," he said. "We were just unstoppable. I mean, that's just what we were working on all week."
The Lobo defense also put together its best game of the year last week, holding UNLV to a pair of touchdowns while the offense reached the half-century threshold in points.
It was a strong rebound performance after allowing 42 points in one half to Liberty at home.
"We are maturing a lot. We've come together and (are) still coming together as a defense," New Mexico safety Michael Sewell Jr. said. "It's a lot of family, a lot of love going around in the air. It's not pointing fingers or hate or none of that going on."
The Lobos and Rams kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Updated: October 12, 2018 10:56 PM
Created: October 12, 2018 09:48 PM
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