Contrary to conventional thought, Boise State isn’t the only viable team in the Mountain West Conference—at least for now.
Facing a MWC foe in consecutive weeks, some would say the Texas Longhorns might want to take their opponent to the West a bit more seriously from the get-go.
Mack Brown’s football team came out of the gate in lackluster fashion in Week 1 against Wyoming. The defense surrendered 158 yards passing in the first quarter, including an 82-yard touchdown.
Their next opponent, the New Mexico Lobos, threw for 70 yards against Southern University, but they feature a prolific rushing attack in an option-style offense. They racked up 347 yards, spread out primarily amongst four players, including freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche.
While passing for only 13 yards, Gautsche rushed for two scores, 88 yards and an impressive 11 yards per carry. The team stomped Southern University 66-21.
Texas rallied after its disappointing first quarter performance to rout the Cowboys, 37-17. It put on a rushing clinic of its own with 280 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Now it’s time to game plan for the Lobos.
Let’s highlight five keys for a Texas-sized defeat of New Mexico.