1959 New Mexico Lobos football
ConferenceSkyline Conference
1959 record7–3 (4–2 Skyline)
Head coachMarv Levy (2nd season)
Home stadiumZimmerman Field
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Template:1959 Skyline Conference football standings The 1959 New Mexico Lobos football team represented the University of New Mexico in the Skyline Conference during the 1959 college football season. In their second and final season under head coach Marv Levy, the Lobos compiled a 7–3 record (4–2 against Skyline opponents), finished third in the conference, and outscored all opponents by a total of 260 to 135.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included George Friberg with 361 passing yards and Don Perkins with 636 rushing yards, 226 receiving yards and 66 points scored.[3] Perkins went on to play eight seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and played in six Pro Bowls.[4]

In February 1960, New Mexico head coach Marv Levy was hired as the head football coach at the University of California. Levy compiled a 14–6 record in two seasons at New Mexico.[5]


September 19New Mexico State*L 12–2917,500[6]
September 26at Colorado StateL 9–14
October 3Texas Western*
  • Zimmerman Field
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 17–7
October 10at Utah State
W 28–6
October 17at Arizona*W 28–725,500[7]
October 24at MontanaW 55–14[8]
October 31Denverdagger
  • Zimmerman Field
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 42–0
November 7BYU
  • Zimmerman Field
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 21–6
November 14Wyoming
  • Zimmerman Field
  • Albuquerque, NM
L 20–2516,000[9]
November 21at Air Force*W 28–2716,000[10]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


  1. "1959 New Mexico Lobos Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. "2018 New Mexico Football Media Guide". University of New Mexico. 2018. p. 140. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. "1959 New Mexico Lobos Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. "Don Perkins". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  5. Dan Russel (February 6, 1960). "UNM's Levy Accepts California Position". Albuquerque Journal: p. A-10.
  6. Dan Russel (September 20, 1959). "Atkins, Johnson Spark Aggies To 29-12 Grid Win Over Lobos: Long Win Drouth Ends for NM State". Albuquerque Journal: p. C1.
  7. Dan Russel (October 18, 1959). "Lobos Explode Running Game for 28-7 Win: Bankston Scores Two; UNM Gets 3rd in Row". Albuquerque Journal: p. C1.
  8. "Lobos Run Roughshod Over Montana, 55-14: New Mexico Rushes 470 Yards While Romping for Fourth Straight". Albuquerque Journal: p. C1. October 25, 1959.
  9. Dan Russel (November 15, 1959). "Wyoming Slips by Lobos in Final Minutes, 25-20: Perkins Has Fabulous Day". Albuquerque Journal: p. C1.
  10. Dan Russel (November 22, 1959). "Perkins Leads Lobos Past Air Force, 28-27: N.M. Overpowers Falcons in Second Half". Albuquerque Journal: p. 1.
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