Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

UNM Confident as It Pays Visit to the Rams.(Sports)

Byline: Greg Archuleta Journal Staff Writer

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Big plays win big games, and Jarrod Baxter's 32-yard run against Boise State represents the University of New Mexico football team's biggest gain on offense this season.

But if you think the Lobos (3-3, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) are in big trouble today against Colorado State (3-1, 0-0), you might be making a big mistake.

The Lobos are on a roll as they enter Hughes Stadium. They're on a three-game winning streak. Their offense has produced six touchdown drives of at least 68 yards in their last two games combined. UNM had only one prior to that in its first four games, an 80-yard drive against Boise State.

The Lobos' defense, which leads the conference with 25 sacks, has forced nine turnovers returning one fumble for a touchdown in the three wins. It had caused only two in UNM's three losses.

The Lobos' special teams, which rank 13th in NCAA Division I-A in net punting with a 39.5-yard average and 17th in kickoff returns at 24.8, also have two blocked punts and a 77-yard punt return to their credit.

UNM must bring its entire arsenal today to combat the defending conference champions.

"I think we're going to go into the game very confident," Lobos coach Rocky Long says. …

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