ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For the first time this season, the University of New Mexico Lobos football team finds themselves looking to shake off the stench of a loss. The Lobos will head into its game against the UTEP Miners craving victory after last week’s 34-0 loss at Texas A&M.
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The 2-1 Lobos will find a 2-1 Miners team that is rested with some players returning from injury. The Miners went into an open week after a loss to Boise State. UTEP Head Coach Dana Dimel said the time off did his team a lot of good. “This open week was a much, much needed time for us, to get ourselves healthier, to get ourselves back on track, give ourselves time to prepare for a team that’s a very difficult preparation,” said Dimel. “Timing was really good for us to have New Mexico because they do a nice job and do a good job making you have to prepare for multiple things with their defensive system.” The Lobos and Miners have a 7 p.m. start time in El Paso, Texas Saturday.
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