ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico Lobos used explosive plays to get a good start in their season opener against South Dakota and win 48-21.
Running back Teriyon Gipson took the first play of the game 75 yards for the first score of the game.
The Lobos’ seven to nothing advantage only stood for a moment. South Dakota quarterback Chris Streveler converted a third and one into a 55 yard touchdown and tied the game at seven in the first quarter.
Streveler would later break away again to put the Coyotes up 14 to 7. The Lobos would answer quickly. Gipson took his second carry of the game for 84 yards and a touchdown to tie the game. Gipson would have 159 yards and two touchdowns after only two carries. He would finish with 181 yards on the night and average a little over 22 yards per carry.
The Lobos would take the lead again in the second quarter when Austin Apodoca found Matt Quarles for a 62 yard score. The Lobos followed up 14 first quarter points with 21 and a 35 to 14 advantage at the half. The Lobos would tack on a pair of field goals after the game resumed in the third quarter. The defense would get the ball back to start the 4th quarter with a Dakota Cox interception. That would lead to a Richard McCorley 14 yard touchdown, the final one of the game. As a team the Lobos rushed for 428 yards.
Quarterback Austin Apodoca, in only his second start in a Lobo uniform, threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 16 passing. The Lobos next game will come in Las Cruces against rival New Mexico State September 9.