2008 New Mexico Lobos football team
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 (MW), and played their home games in the University Stadium. The Lobos were led by 11th-year head coach Rocky Long.
|2008 New Mexico Lobos football|
|Conference||Mountain West Conference|
|2008 record||4–8 (2–6 MW)|
|Head coach||Rocky Long (11th season)|
|Home stadium||University Stadium|
|2008 Mountain West Conference football standings|
|No. 2 Utah $||8||–||0||13||–||0|
|No. 7 TCU||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 25 BYU||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|San Diego State||1||–||7||2||–||10|
Rankings from AP Poll
The Lobos upset ten-point favorites Arizona, 36–28. 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. 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.
New Mexico finished the season with a 4–8 record (MW: 2–6). It was the Lobos' first losing season in conference play since 2000. After the season, Rocky Long resigned as head coach. He was replaced by former Illinois offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley.
|August 30||4:00 PM||TCU||Versus||L 3–26||31,583|
|September 6||3:00 PM||Texas A&M*||Versus||L 22–28||28,007|
|September 13||6:00 PM||Arizona*||CBSCS||W 36–28||32,337|
|September 20||5:00 PM||at Tulsa*||L 14–56||30,000|
|September 27||6:00 PM||at New Mexico State*||CN10||W 35–24||30,343|
|October 4||7:30 PM||Wyoming||mtn||W 24–0||28,752|
|October 11||4:00 PM||at No. 9 BYU||mtn||L 3–21||64,105|
|October 18||4:00 PM||San Diego State||mtn||W 70–7||26,695|
|October 23||6:00 PM||at Air Force||CBSCS||L 10–23||25,101|
|November 1||7:30 PM||No. 10 Utah||mtn||L 10–13||30,901|
|November 8||8:00 PM||at UNLV||L 20–27||13,154|
|November 15||12:00 PM||at Colorado State||mtn||L 6–20||17,401|
- Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 190, 2009.
- BYU extends nation's longest winning streak to 16 straight, ESPN, October 11, 2008.
- New Mexico 2008, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 27, 2009.
- Steele, p. 172.
- Illini OC Locksley hired as head coach at New Mexico, CBS Sports, December 8, 2008.
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