The last time New Mexico defeated Colorado State was in 2009. Isabel Gonzalez/The Lobo Lair
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After losing eight-straight games to Colorado State, the Lobos are ready for another chance to break the streak. New Mexico will face the Rams on the road on Saturday at 2pm.

While a 3-2 overall record is hardly something to brag about, the Lobos have already picked up the same number of wins they did during the 2017 season (3-9 overall, 1-7 Mountain West). They are coming in from a 50-14 win over the UNLV Rebels (2-3). This was a much-needed confidence booster, especially for the defense, as New Mexico had suffered a 52-43 loss to Liberty (2-3) the week before.

The game against the Rebels also showed a balanced offense for the Lobos, as they rushed for 252 yards and passed for 250 with Sheriron Jones as the starting quarterback. He threw four touchdown passes for the second game in a row.

Colorado State broke a two-game losing skid last week with a 42-30 win to conference opponent San Jose State. However, this didn’t come without a few hiccups along the way.

Quarterback KJ Carta-Samuels, who has a total of 1,623 passing yards under his belt, threw four touchdown passes during the first half to help give his team a 28-0 lead. Things looked good for the Rams, but the defense slept during the third quarter, allowing SJSU to collect 30 points.

The Rams will be playing their homecoming game this weekend, an event that has provided them with four consecutive wins from 2014-17. Will the Lobos break their streak? Predictions say it could go either way, as New Mexico is currently only a one-point favorite.

Last time the Lobos played at Canvas Stadium was in 2016. The Rams handed New Mexico a 49-31 loss, the only loss for the Lobos in their last eight games that season. UNM’s last win against the Rams was in 2009, 29-27 in Albuquerque. This was the Lobos’ only win that year, as they finished with a 1-11 record.

Other notes from this week:

  • Delane Hart-Johnson represented the Lobo offense in the the PFF College MWC Team of the Week. Evahelotu Tohi made the defense team.
  • More good news for Tohi: The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced the addition of the senior linebacker to the 2018 Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The list includes 51 players from 34 different FBS schools. Complete Watch List
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