ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Lobo Football won a tough road game in Logan, Utah, 24-21. The win came on senior night for Utah State, and came down to a late 40 yard field goal from the “Lobo Clutch Man” Jason Sanders.
It was a stagnant first half for the Lobo offense on Saturday night, but they stepped up their game on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half. Late in the game it was tied at 21 with Utah State inside the 5, but the Lobo defense not only prevented an aggie go ahead touchdown they also got the turnover on downs.
That led to a 4 minute drive down the field in range for Lobo Kicker Jason Sanders, who nailed the 40 yard go ahead field goal. Sanders is now 10 of 11 in field goals this season. “I think it is all about how I warmed up. I felt confident the whole day and I wanted that kick, you know I wanted to kick it too and I think that plays a big factor”, said Sanders.
The Aggies wouldn’t answer after having some confusion late in the game, not getting their kicking unit out fast enough and getting off a game tying field goal after time expired. This win was a gut check for the Lobos as they now lengthen the win streak to 5.
“These last two games have been crazy and it’s just exciting to see the grit and the toughness of this team, that we are going to go down to the wire and be able to pull it out and it’s just something that I give credit to all these guys”, said UNM LB Dakota Cox.
The Lobos are now 7-3 overall and 5-1 in MWC play. They are now tied with Boise State and Wyoming for 1st place in the Mountain division with just 2 games remaining on UNM’s schedule.
“In 2013 when Utah state came to Albuquerque it was brutal, the gap, and to be standing here in 2016 and to have closed the gap to me is significant. This is a big win, a big win”, said UNM Head Football Coach Bob Davie.
They take on Colorado State next at their place. That game will be Saturday at 8:15 pm and will be shown again on ESPN2.