ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Lobo Football were the underdogs heading into the Cotton Bowl game against Air Force in Dallas. Their explosive offense and a late help from the defense got the Lobos back to .500 on the season, beating Air Force 45-40.
The Falcons finished with the most offense yards in this one with 531 total, but the Lobos would take the lead in the rushing department finishing with 373 total rushing yards. Teriyon Gipson back from a sore hamstring last week would make his return in a big way leading the Lobos with 140 rushing yards, averaging 15.6 per carry with 1 TD. That touchdown came in the 1st QTR of a 60 yard option pitch to make the score 14-3.
This Lobo defense looked suspect early as following that Teriyon Gipson touchdown they would give up an Air Force 43 yard rushing touchdown. The Defense would come in clutch at the end of this game though, as late in the 4th QTR UNM was up 45-40 and this defense made two fourth down stops in the final three minutes to hold on for the victory.
Austin Apodaca made his return in the 2nd half of this game, as Lamar Jordan would sit after feeling tenderness in his hamstring, no word on his condition yet, but overall this was a big win for the Lobos. They are now back at .500 on the year, 2-1 in MW play and 3-3 Overall, Coach Bob Davie was happy to say the least.
“This was a gut check, I mean you are playing a service academy on a day like today, and more than anything I am just proud that we hung in there, kept fighting, and were able to win a game like this. This means a lot to me just personally and how far I think this program has come and I really mean that”, said UNM Head Coach Bob Davie.
The Lobos now head home to take on ULM on Saturday at University Stadium. That game has a 7 pm kick off and will be shown on Root Sports Network.