1961 New Mexico Lobos football
ConferenceSkyline Conference
1961 record7–4 (3–3 Skyline)
Head coachBill Weeks (2nd season)
Home stadiumUniversity Stadium
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Template:1961 Skyline Conference football standings The 1961 New Mexico Lobos football team represented the University of New Mexico in the Skyline Conference during the 1961 college football season. In their second season under head coach Bill Weeks, the Lobos compiled a 7–4 record (3–3 against Skyline opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the conference, and outscored opponents by a total of 215 to 197.[1][2] The Lobos concluded their season with a victory over Western Michigan in the inaugural Aviation Bowl, played in snow and sleet at Dayton, Ohio.[3]

The team's statistical leaders included Jim Cromartie with 533 passing yards, Bobby Santiago with 535 rushing yards, and Larry Jasper with 161 receiving yards.[4]


September 23New Mexico State*W 41–724,000[5]
September 30at MontanaL 8–40[6]
October 7Texas Western*
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 7–6
October 14at Utah StateL 7–41
October 21at Arizona*L 21–22
October 28Air Force*
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 21–6
November 4Utahdagger
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 21–16
November 11Wyoming
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
L 7–33
November 18at Colorado StateW 20–8
November 25BYU
  • University Stadium
  • Albuquerque, NM
W 34–6
December 9vs. Western Michigan*W 28–123,694[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


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