2020 New Mexico Lobos Football Team
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2020 New Mexico Lobos Football Team
2020 New Mexico Lobos football
New Mexico Lobos wordmark.svg
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2020 record2-5 (2-5 MW)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDerek Warehime (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorRocky Long (1st season)
Base defense3-3-5
Home stadiumSam Boyd Stadium
(Capacity: 35,000)
Uniform
New mexico lobos football unif.png
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
  7 0     7 1  
Boise State y   5 0     5 2  
Nevada   6 2     7 2  
San Diego State   4 2     4 4  
Hawaii   4 4     5 4  
Fresno State   3 3     3 3  
Air Force   2 2     3 3  
Wyoming   2 4     2 4  
New Mexico   2 5     2 5  
Colorado State   1 3     1 3  
Utah State   1 5     1 5  
UNLV   0 6     0 6  
Championship: San Jose State 34, Boise State 20
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Note: Due to COVID-19, the Mountain West suspended the season, but later decided to begin play on October 24.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2020 New Mexico Lobos football team represented the University of New Mexico in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Lobos played their home games at Sam Boyd Stadium as members of the Mountain West Conference due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state of New Mexico. They were led by first-year head coach Danny Gonzales.

On August 10, 2020, the Mountain West Conference suspended all sports competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On September 24, the conference announced that the football season would begin on October 24.[3]

Previous season

The Lobos finished the 2019 season 2-10 and 0-8 in Mountain West play to finish in last place in the Mountain Division and did not qualify for a bowl game. Head coach Bob Davie was replaced by Danny Gonzales.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order they were released

Award Player Position Year
Outland Trophy[4] Teton Saltes OL SR
Wuerffel Trophy[5]

Mountain West media days

The Mountain West media days were originally scheduled on July 16-17, 2020, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, but were canceled in favor of virtual media days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] The virtual media days that were scheduled to take place on July 27-29, 2020, were also canceled.[7]

Media poll

The preseason poll was released on July 21, 2020. The Lobos were predicted to finish in sixth place in the MW Mountain Division.[8] The divisions were later suspended for the 2020 season.

Mountain
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Boise State 125 (20)
2 Wyoming 90 (1)
3 Air Force 86
4 Utah State 60
5 Colorado State 59
6 New Mexico 21
West
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 San Diego State 122 (19)
2 Nevada 100 (2)
3 Hawaii 74
4 Fresno State 73
5 San Jose State 43
6 UNLV 29

Schedule

New Mexico announced its 2020 football schedule on February 26, 2020.[9] The Lobos' original schedule consisted of six home and seven away games in the regular season. On August 10, 2020, the Mountain West Conference announced the suspension of the football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11] In late September, the Mountain West Conference announced that the season would begin on October 24.[12]

Original

DateOpponentSiteResult
August 29Idaho State*No contest
September 5at Mississippi State*No contest
September 12at USC*No contest
September 19at New Mexico State*No contest
October 3UMass*dagger
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
No contest
October 10at Colorado StateRescheduled
October 17Nevada
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM (Battle of the Wolves)
Rescheduled
October 24at Utah StateRescheduled
October 31San Jose State
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
No change
November 7at HawaiiNo change
November 14Boise State
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
No contest
November 21at Air ForceNo change
November 28Wyoming
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
Rescheduled
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

Revised

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
October 247:00 p.m.at Colorado StateFS2No contest --
October 315:00 p.m.at San Jose StateFS1L 21-380
November 79:00 p.m.at HawaiiSPEC HIL 33-390
November 144:30 p.m.Nevada
FS2L 20-27250
November 207:30 p.m.at Air ForceFS1L 0-28100
November 265:00 p.m.at Utah StateFS1L 27-41198
December 58:30 p.m.Wyoming
  • Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
CBSSNW 17-160
December 128:30 p.m.Fresno State
  • Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Whitney, NV
FS1W 49-39250

Source:[15]

Personnel

Depth chart

+ As of December 11, 2020

Game summaries

at Colorado State (No Contest)

New Mexico at Colorado State (No Contest)
1 234Total
Lobos 0 000 0
Rams 0 000 0
Pregame line Over/under
N/A N/A[16]

The New Mexico at Colorado State game was canceled by the Mountain West, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the game was not rescheduled.[17]

at San Jose State

New Mexico at San Jose State
1 234Total
Lobos 0 1470 21
Spartans 7 14107 38
  • Date: October 31, 2020
  • Location: CEFCU Stadium
    San Jose, CA
  • Game start: 4:11 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 41 minutes
  • Game attendance: 0
  • Game weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C) o Weather: Clear and Sunny o Wind: NW 7 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cuttone
  • TV announcers (FS1): Guy Haberman (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (analyst)
     
Pregame line Over/under
SJSU -13.5 56[18]
Statistics New Mexico San Jose State
First downs 23 23
Total yards 443 579
Rushing yards 149 98
Passing yards 294 481
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 28:26 31:34
Team Category Player Statistics
New Mexico Passing Tevaka Tuioti 20/35, 294 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Tevaka Tuioti 14 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Andre Erickson 3 receptions, 72 yards, 1 TD
San Jose State Passing Nick Starkel 34/47, 467 yards, 5 TDs
Rushing Isaiah Holiness 9 carries, 31 yards
Receiving Bailey Gaither 10 receptions, 208 yards, 1 TD

at Hawaii

New Mexico at Hawaii
1 234Total
Lobos 17 376 33
Rainbow Warriors 7 71411 39
  • Date: November 7, 2020
  • Location: Aloha Stadium
    Halawa, HI
  • Game start: 6:07 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 22 minutes
  • Game attendance: 0
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) o Weather: 65% Humidity o Wind: ENE 13 MPH
  • Referee: Timothy Davis
  • TV announcers (SPEC HI): Robert Kekaula (play-by-play) and Rich Miano (analyst)
         
Pregame line Over/under
UH -14 66.5[19]
Statistics New Mexico Hawaii
First downs 24 23
Total yards 499 503
Rushing yards 279 93
Passing yards 220 410
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 32:22 27:38
Team Category Player Statistics
New Mexico Passing Tevaka Tuioti 17/31, 181 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing Nathanie Jones 13 carries, 96 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jordan Kress 3 receptions, 93 yards, 2 TDs
Hawaii Passing Chevan Cordeiro 33/43, 410 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing Chevan Cordeiro 10 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Nick Mardner 6 receptions, 147 yards, 1 TD

Nevada

Nevada at New Mexico
(Battle of the Wolves)
1 234Total
Wolf Pack 0 10107 27
Lobos 7 607 20
  • Date: November 14, 2020
  • Location: Sam Boyd Stadium
    Whitney, NV
  • Game start: 3:35 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Game attendance: 250
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) o Weather: Sunny o Wind: None
  • Referee: Michael VanderVelde
  • TV announcers (FS2): Anthony LaPanta (play-by-play) and Ron Johnson (analyst)
     
Pregame line Over/under
NEV -17.5 63[20]
Statistics Nevada New Mexico
First downs 19 21
Total yards 392 352
Rushing yards 52 141
Passing yards 340 211
Turnovers 2 0
Time of possession 27:45 32:15
Team Category Player Statistics
Nevada Passing Carson Strong 24/38, 336 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Toa Taua 15 carries, 62 yards
Receiving Romeo Doubs 5 receptions, 172 yards, 3 TDs
New Mexico Passing Trae Hall 17/32, 195 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Bobby Cole 17 carries, 90 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Emmanuel Logan-Greene 5 receptions, 56 yards

at Air Force

New Mexico at Air Force
1 234Total
Lobos 0 000 0
Falcons 7 1407 28
 
Pregame line Over/under
AF -8 55.5[21]
Statistics New Mexico Air Force
First downs 19 23
Total yards 304 422
Rushing yards 83 356
Passing yards 221 66
Turnovers 3 7
Time of possession 23:31 36:29
Team Category Player Statistics
New Mexico Passing Trae Hall 23/42, 221 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Nathanie Jones 6 carries, 29 yards
Receiving Emmanuel Logan-Greene 3 receptions, 64 yards
Air Force Passing Haaziq Daniels 4/5, 66 yards
Rushing Brad Roberts 28 carries, 177 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving Kyle Patterson 2 receptions, 34 yards

at Utah State

New Mexico at Utah State
1 234Total
Lobos 3 1077 27
Aggies 3 3287 41
  • Date: November 26, 2020
  • Location: Maverik Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 5:05 p.m. MST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 40 minutes
  • Game attendance: 198
  • Game weather: Temperature: 32 °F (0 °C) o Weather: N/A o Wind: NW 5 MPH
  • Referee: Timothy Davis
  • TV announcers (FS1): Alex Faust (play-by-play) and Petros Papadakis (analyst)
        
Pregame line Over/under
NM -6 49[22]
Statistics New Mexico Utah State
First downs 25 22
Total yards 348 452
Rushing yards 196 209
Passing yards 152 243
Turnovers 4 5
Time of possession 31:05 28:55
Team Category Player Statistics
New Mexico Passing Trae Hall 11/21, 63 yards
Rushing Trae Hall 13 carries, 70 yards
Receiving Andre Erickson 5 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD
Utah State Passing Andrew Peasley 14/21, 239 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing Andrew Peasley 11 carries, 118 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Justin McGriff 4 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD

Wyoming

Wyoming at New Mexico
1 234Total
Cowboys 3 1003 16
Lobos 0 1007 17
  • Date: December 5, 2020
  • Location: Sam Boyd Stadium
    Whitney, NV
  • Game start: 7:30 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 19 minutes
  • Game attendance: 0
  • Game weather: Temperature: 45 °F (7 °C) o Weather: Clear o Wind: SW 5 MPH
  • Referee: Christian Watson
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): John Sadak (play-by-play) and Randy Cross (analyst)
    
Pregame line Over/under
WYO -15.5 51[23]
Statistics Wyoming New Mexico
First downs 12 16
Total yards 374 315
Rushing yards 283 223
Passing yards 91 92
Turnovers 2 2
Time of possession 25:28 34:32
Team Category Player Statistics
Wyoming Passing Levi Williams 4/12, 73 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Trey Smith 24 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Isaiah Neyor 1 reception, 54 yards
New Mexico Passing Isaiah Chavez 5/10, 55 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Bobby Cole 22 carries, 131 yards
Receiving Bobby Cole 2 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD

Fresno State

Fresno State at New Mexico
1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 1778 39
Lobos 7 14721 49
  • Date: December 12, 2020
  • Location: Sam Boyd Stadium
    Whitney, NV
  • Game start: 7:35 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 23 minutes
  • Game attendance: 250
  • Game weather: Temperature: 48 °F (9 °C) o Weather: Windy o Wind: 12 MPH
  • Referee: Michael VanderVelde
  • TV announcers (FS1): Guy Haberman (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (analyst)
         
Pregame line Over/under
FS -14.5 55.5[24]
Statistics Fresno State New Mexico
First downs 23 24
Total yards 408 495
Rushing yards 58 299
Passing yards 350 196
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 28:27 31:33
Team Category Player Statistics
Fresno State Passing Jake Haener 26/43, 350 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Jordan Mims 3 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jalen Cropper 12 receptions, 134 yards, 1 TD
New Mexico Passing Isaiah Chavez 14/18, 196 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Bobby Cole 18 carries, 138 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving Emmanuel Logan-Greene 7 receptions, 55 yards

Notes

  1. ^ The October 31 game originally scheduled at University Stadium in Albuquerque was relocated to San Jose due to COVID-19 cases related to contact tracing in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.[13]
  2. ^ The November 14 game against Nevada, originally scheduled to be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, was moved to Sam Boyd Stadium as a home game due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state of New Mexico.[14]

References

  1. ^ "WE'RE BACK". twitter.com/MountainWest. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Mountain West Postpones 2020 Fall Sports". TheMW.com. August 10, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 Mountain West Football Season to Begin on October 24". themw.com (Press release). September 25, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Saltes on Outland Preseason Watch List". University of New Mexico Athletics. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Saltes on Wuerffel Preseason Watch List". University of New Mexico Athletics. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ Khan Jr., Sam (April 29, 2020). "Mountain West, MAC planning virtual preseason media days". ESPN. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Mountain West Postpones 2020 Football Virtual Media Days". Mountain West Conference. July 20, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Boise State, San Diego State Picked to Win 2020 Mountain West Football Divisional Titles". Mountain West Conference. July 21, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Lobo 2020 Football Schedule Released". University of New Mexico. February 26, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "MWC cancels fall sports, including Lobo football". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Mountain West postpones football, fall sports". ESPN.com. 2020-08-10. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "2020 Mountain West Football Season to Begin on October 24". themw.com (Press release). September 25, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Crowley, Kerry (October 26, 2020). "Coronavirus: San Jose State game moved from New Mexico to Bay Area due to health order". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ Murray, Chris (November 12, 2020). "Nevada weighs in on playing neutral-site game at Sam Boyd Stadium". nevadasportsnet.com. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "2020 New Mexico Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado State Rams". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (October 20, 2020). "Colorado State Rams-New Mexico Lobos football game canceled due to coronavirus". ESPN. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "New Mexico Lobos vs San Jose State Spartans". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "New Mexico Lobos vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "Nevada Wolf Pack vs New Mexico Lobos". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "New Mexico Lobos vs Air Force Falcons". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ "New Mexico Lobos vs Utah State Aggies". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "Wyoming Cowboys vs New Mexico Lobos". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ "Fresno State Bulldogs vs New Mexico Lobos". Odds Shark. Retrieved 2020.

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