Lobo Football needs to clean up penalties especially on defense

Courtesy UNM Athletics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- UNM Football dropped their 3 game of the season to #19 Boise State on Friday night 49-21. UNM’s record now stands at 2-3 overall and 1-1 in MW Conference Play.

The Lobos only scored one time in the first half, off a 62 yard TD run from Tyrone Owens to tie the game at 7, but that would be the last time the Lobos were in this game. UNM wouldn’t score again until the 4th quarter, and in that time Boise racked up 49 points.

Bronco QB Brett Rypien had 5 passing touchdowns with nearly 400 yards passing in this game with the Lobos. This UNM defense continues to struggle up the middle in the secondary and has problems giving up big plays.

The struggles were apparent early on in this game, as penalties lengthened Boise’s 1st touchdown drive and plagued them the rest of the game.

“Yeah it’s a bit of a concern right now honestly, we have had back to back week’s particularly defensive penalties. We have had a couple false starts and we have looked a little sloppy, so absolutely it has to be correctable”, said UNM Head Football Coach Bob Davie.

The Lobos had 12 penalties in this game that amounted to nearly 90 yards. It’s a momentum changer and a confidence killer.

“Just execute better mentally, like I said I was one of those with the penalties so, we all just have to look in the mirror and play better”, said UNM QB Lamar Jordan.

“Yeah I mean it was going to have to be something where we matched scores with them quite honestly. You know we just weren’t that kind of team tonight, and we weren’t able to do it without the passing game or without Gip (Teryion Gipson)”, said Bob Davie.

The Lobos now head to Dallas to take on Air Force in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. That game starts at 1:30pm and will be shown on ESPN News.

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