By Isabel Gonzalez
@cisabelg

It’s rivalry week in the Land of Enchantment.

The University of New Mexico Lobos are traveling to Las Cruces this weekend to take on the New Mexico State Aggies for the 109th meeting between the two programs. While UNM currently leads the series 70-33-5, the Aggies have come out victorious the last two years in a row. 

New Mexico is 1-1 in the season after opening with a victory over Incarnate Word but then falling to No. 5 Wisconsin. The Lobos will be counting on Sheriron Jones to lead the offense as the starting quarterback. Jones began the season as the third-string quarterback but injuries have left Tevaka Tuioti and Coltin Gerhart out for this week. True freshman Trae Hall is officially the back up for this Saturday.

“We are going in with Sheriron with the full package,” said UNM head coach Bob Davie. “He can run, he can throw. We are changing a couple of the reads to things that he is more comfortable with, but it’s the full package.”

Davie said he is looking for his team to show consistency in the offense. The coach said he expects Jones’ performance to improve as he is now practicing like a starting quarterback and will have more time to get prepared for the job.

NMSU has yet to win a game this season with an 0-3 record. None of these losses were close. The smallest margin was 22 points with a 29-7 loss to Wyoming. The largest was 47 points with a 60-13 loss to Utah State. This is not how the Aggies wanted to start the season, as they were looking to build from the momentum of having a winning 2017 season (7-6) and winning a bowl game against Utah State. This game bowl game played in Arizona ended a 57-year bowl drought for the Las Cruces school.

A bad start in the season for the Aggies could will increase their motivation to win at home this weekend. If they pull it off, this will be the sixth time in school history that NSMU wins three games straight against UNM (1911-13, 1922-24, 1935-37, 1965-69, 2009-11).

Davie said he believes the Lobos are not were they want to be yet but that he has confidence that his team is on the right track. Even with injuries and distractions on the team, he is looking forward to a positive result this weekend.

“I feel good about our leadership and I feel good about our chemistry,” the coach said. “They’re hungry…. We got some problems, we realize that. But overall I just like this environment. I like the feel of this team and this coaching staff.”

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