SOUTH BEND, ID (KRQE)-The University of New Mexico Lobos fell hard against Notre Dame at their stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, September 14.
The Lobos showed promise against the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the start of the game. Alex Hart got his first sack of the season but as the Irish were trying to hold off the Lobos on 3rd down, Sheriron Jones would throw a pick 6 allowing Kyle Hamilton to intercept a pass, returning the ball 34 yards and giving Notre Dame their first touchdown.
By the end of the first quarter, Notre Dame led by 7-0. In the second quarter, the Irish doubled their lead to 14-0 after another touchdown.
Sheriron Jones got the start at QB, but Tevaka Tuioti would come in later, as Jones finished with three interceptions giving the Irish a 35-point lead.
“They happened. So, of course, it’s going to be on me. I take full responsibility for it and I should have made a different read or a different play, but it happened and that was on me, that’s on my back”, said Jones.
UNM’s Bryson Carroll got the Lobos on the board, going 47-yards towards his first career touchdown, bringing the score to 38-7 at halftime.
UNM made several nice attempts in the third quarter, including a solid pass from quarterback Tevaka Tuioti to Aaron Molina. The third quarter ended with the Notre Dame leading UNM 52-7.
Bobby Cole carried the ball 37-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame racked up 591 total yards of offense on Saturday and racked up 66 points in the 66-14 victory over UNM.
The Lobos’ head coach Bob Davie was forced to miss the anticipated matchup due to health reasons. Davie collapsed following UNM’s victory over Sam Houston State later citing a “severe medical incident”.
Offensive line coach Saga Tuitele led the Lobos Saturday.
“Four turnovers and missed tackles and you know some missed blocks. You know, you can’t give a team like that that much room, that much space to make stuff happen”, said UNM Acting Head Coach Saga Tuitele.
The Associated Press reports that New Mexico will receive $1.1 million from their visit to Notre Dame.
The UNM Lobos fall to 1-1 on the season and will play in the Rio Grande Rivalry against the NMSU Aggies on Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Dreamstyle Stadium.