2008 New Mexico Lobos football team

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2008 New Mexico Lobos football
Conference Mountain West Conference
2008 record 4–8 (2–6 MWC)
Head coach Rocky Long
Home stadium University Stadium
(Capacity: 40,094)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Utah   8 0         13 0  
#7 TCU   7 1         11 2  
#25 BYU   6 2         10 3  
Air Force   5 3         8 5  
Colorado State   4 4         7 6  
UNLV   2 6         5 7  
New Mexico   2 6         4 8  
Wyoming   1 7         4 8  
San Diego State   1 7         2 10  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 New Mexico Lobos football team represented the University of New Mexico during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. New Mexico competed as a member of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), and played their home games in the University Stadium. The Lobos were led by 11th-year head coach Rocky Long.

The Lobos upset ten-point favorites Arizona, 36–28.[1] Against ninth-ranked BYU, New Mexico had a fourth quarter touchdown overturned due to a controversial penalty call. On fourth down with 21 yards to go, the Lobos then failed to convert for a first down. BYU scored on their next possession to clinch the victory, 21–3.[1][2] New Mexico also played a close game against 10th-ranked Utah, which finished the season undefeated and ranked second in the nation. The Lobos were stopped at the Utes' goal line on fourth down, and eventually lost by a three-point margin.[1]

New Mexico finished the season with a 4–8 record (MWC: 2–6).[3] It was the Lobos' first losing season in conference play since 2000.[4] After the season, Rocky Long resigned as head coach. He was replaced by former Illinois offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 4:00 PM TCU University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM Versus L 3–26   31,583
September 6 3:00 PM Texas A&M* University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM Versus L 22–28   28,007
September 13 6:00 PM Arizona* University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM CBSCS W 36–28   32,337
September 20 5:00 PM at Tulsa* Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK L 14–56   30,000
September 27 6:00 PM at New Mexico State* Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM (Rio Grande Rivalry) CN10 W 35–24   30,343
October 4 7:30 PM Wyoming University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM mtn W 24–0   28,752
October 11 4:00 PM at #9 BYU LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT mtn L 3–21   64,105
October 18 4:00 PM San Diego State University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM mtn W 70–7   26,695
October 23 6:00 PM at Air Force Falcon StadiumUSAFA, CO CBSCS L 10–23   25,101
November 1 7:30 PM #10 Utah University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM mtn L 10–13   30,901
November 8 8:00 PM at UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV L 20–27   13,154
November 15 12:00 PM at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO mtn L 6–20   17,401
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 190, 2009.
  2. ^ BYU extends nation's longest winning streak to 16 straight, ESPN, October 11, 2008.
  3. ^ New Mexico 2008, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 27, 2009.
  4. ^ Steele, p. 172.
  5. ^ Illini OC Locksley hired as head coach at New Mexico, CBS Sports, December 8, 2008.