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2008 New Mexico Lobos football
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
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Utah   8 0         13 0  
#7 TCU   7 1         11 2  
#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
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

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.

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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.


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