FACTS AND FIGURES
Where: Albuquerque, N.M. (552,804)
Colors: Cherry and silver
Last game: Beat New Mexico State 27-14 on Saturday in Las Cruces
Bob Davie is in the first year of a rebuilding project at New Mexico his first college job in 11 years. He went 35-25 in five seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame, from 1997 to 2001. He was the defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish from 1994 to 1996 and for Texas A&M from 1989 to 1993. He has coached in the Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton or Orange bowls 12 times.
He became a TV analyst for ESPN in 2002 and was working there when New Mexico hired him in November. He turns 58 on Sunday.
The Lobos run a triple option that has produced 294.8 yards per game, mostly on the ground. Four players have rushed for at least 100 yards, including backup quarterback Cole Gautsche. Starter B.R. Holbrook is the passer. He completes 62.2 percent of his passes but only throws about 11 times a game.
The Lobos use three linemen and four linebackers to create a variety of looks in their front seven. They like to use zone blitzes, where its difficult for the quarterback to determine whos rushing and whos dropping into coverage.
They allow 290 passing yards per game opponents have 12 touchdown passes against two interceptions and another 158 on the ground.
Linebacker Dallas Bollema leads the team with 31 tackles.
Sophomore Chase Clayton has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including one against Texas Tech. He leads the nation with 43.3 yards per return.
Kicker Justus Adams hasnt missed yet this season. Punter Ben Skaer ranks 25th in the nation at 44.1 yards per punt.
DID YOU KNOW?
A walk-on designated the New Mexico Man leads the Lobos onto the field at home games carrying the state flag. That player also participates on special teams in the game.