Five storylines: New Mexico Lobos


Storylines for the Lobos as they face Texas on Saturday:

1. Bob Davie is back

The one-time Texas A&M defensive coordinator is back in Austin for the first time since 1996. Davie, as an assistant and interim head coach, is 10-1 against Texas. He was 8-1 in his tenure as an assistant with the Aggies. He was 1-0 as a interim coach for Notre Dame in 1995. And 1-0 as the Irish defensive coordinator in 1996.

2. Scoring options

New Mexico proved to be a versatile scoring machine against Southern. The Lobos scored twice on defense, once on special teams and six times on offense. Now the scoring has not been so easy against Texas in the past. The Lobos they have been beaten by a combined score of 94-0 in two games against the Longhorns. Or 10 by 10 more points than Oklahoma State beat Savannah State.

3. Youth is served

New Mexico only has nine fifth-year seniors. Texas only has 10 seniors. Needless to say there will be some inexperience on the field. For New Mexico there will also be some inexperience on the sideline. The entire staff has only gone through one game together. So there might be some confusing times between players and coaches, especially for the aforementioned nine fifth-year seniors. Those players have gone through three head coaches, four offensive coordinators and five defensive coordinators in their tenures at UNM.

4. Youth is served, part two

New Mexico is hoping for a repeat performance from its freshmen. Five freshmen scored in the win over Southern on Saturday. Included in that group was true freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche. He scored on runs of seven and 47 yards.

5. Playing perfectly

New Mexico knows it has to execute a perfect game plan to have any chance of keeping it close against Texas and part of that is not suffering any self-inflicted mistakes. The Lobos were nearly flawless in their opener. They had just one penalty and no turnovers.