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
New Mexico Lobos wordmark.svg
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2008 record4–8 (2–6 MW)
Head coachRocky Long (11th season)
Home stadiumUniversity Stadium
(Capacity: 40,094)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Utah $   8 0         13 0  
No. 7 TCU   7 1         11 2  
No. 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 non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

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 (MW: 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]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 304:00 PMTCUVersusL 3–2631,583
September 63:00 PMTexas A&M*
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
VersusL 22–2828,007
September 136:00 PMArizona*
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
CBSCSW 36–2832,337
September 205:00 PMat Tulsa*L 14–5630,000
September 276:00 PMat New Mexico State*CN10W 35–2430,343
October 47:30 PMWyoming
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
mtnW 24–028,752
October 114:00 PMat No. 9 BYUmtnL 3–2164,105
October 184:00 PMSan Diego State
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
mtnW 70–726,695
October 236:00 PMat Air ForceCBSCSL 10–2325,101
November 17:30 PMNo. 10 Utah
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
mtnL 10–1330,901
November 88:00 PMat UNLVL 20–2713,154
November 1512:00 PMat Colorado StatemtnL 6–2017,401

ReferencesEdit

  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.