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Lobos Lose To Aggies

on September 11, 2017 - 3:36pm

The Lobos lost to the Aggies during the Rio Grande Rivalry. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com

The Rio Grande Rivalry was held in the Dreamstyle Stadium. Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com

By RJ MONTAÑO
Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – With a fraction of the budget, getting kicked out of the Sun Belt Conference looming, and officials contemplating a drop to the FCS level, the little brother from down south picked up another big win in the Rio Grande Rivalry.

The New Mexico State Aggies (1-1) had the answer to a triple option attack that has baffled teams for years in a 30-28 win over the New Mexico Lobos (1-1) in front of 32,427 fans at Dreamstyle Stadium. With the win, the Aggies have won the last two in a lopsided 70-33-5 series with the Lobos.

Aggie Senior Quarterback Tyler Rogers picked apart the Lobo defense to the tune of 401 yards and four touchdowns. Rogers was also named Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the week.

Lobo Senior Quarterback Lamar Jordan struggled to get the ball moving on the ground and finished the game with 103 yards passing, eight yards rushing, and throwing two interceptions before he was removed from the game for the redshirt Freshman Quarterback Tevaka Tuioti.

Tuioti entered the game late in the third quarter after Jordan threw his second interception and with the Lobos trailing 30-5. Tuioti lead University of New Mexico to a near comeback throwing for 151 yards on 10 of 19 passing and two touchdowns. The Lobos would fail on a pair of two-point conversions leading to the 30-28 final score.

If you’re wondering about a quarterback controversy, Lobo Head Coach Bob Davie squashed that thinking right away saying, “Lamar is still our starter, he just looked out of sync from the very beginning to me. He was a little jumpy, made some bad decisions and at some point you’ve got to put the other quarterback in.”

Some might hope the Lobos might use Tuioti the same way they used Austin Apodaca in the past, as a dual quarterback offense. Tuioti was much too effective to ignore, and if Jordan has another performance where he looks “out of sync” how quickly will the coaching staff pull him out to give the freshman a chance?

The Lobos are already struggling to draw fans to the games, and losing to what many consider lower competition in front of the largest crowd the school has seen in 12 years won’t help. “I’ll see how they do the next few weeks,” Albuquerque resident and Lobo fan Richard Gallegos said when asked if he’d return this season. The same sentiment was felt by many other fans as they took to social media to voice their frustrations.

As for New Mexico State, “I think Doug Martin and his coaching staff and team deserve a lot of credit, they beat us,” Davie said during the postgame press conference. “I think they have a legitimate chance to win that Sun Belt Conference.”

The Lobos won’t have long to think about the upset loss to the Aggies. New Mexico travels to Boise State Thursday to take on the Broncos in a 6 p.m. game on ESPN.

Lobo Head Coach Bob Davie​Photo by RJ Montaño/ladailypost.com

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