'I'm not worried about recruiting, or anything else this week, we need stops'
- by Doug Samuels 10 months ago
Just a year removed from a 4-3 start in his first season on campus, Bob Davie has his New Mexico program sitting at 2-6 and really struggling to get defensive stops.
Davie is more than happy with the offensive production as the Lobo offense has been cooking all season, with the 3rd best rushing offense in the country. However, defensively New Mexico ranks 122nd out of 125 FBS teams at stopping the run, 118th in total defense, and 111th in third down conversions (allowing conversions 47% of the time).
In five of their six losses so far this year, the Lobos have given up 35 points or more in each game.
Visibly frustrated after their most recent five point loss to San Diego State (30-35) on Saturday, Davie voiced his frustrations and told reporters that getting more defensive production is his one and only goal this week.
"I am going to do everything that I know how to do, in the short term, to give us a chance to play defense and make some stops. The effort is there, the toughness is there, the offense is there the kicking game is there...but what can we do in the short term? We all know what we have to do in the long term, but what can we do in the short term to give ourselves the chance to make some stops and win a game? It's that simple." Davie explained.
"I think we all see the challenge in that, but yet that's all I care about. I'm not worried about recruiting right now. I'm not worried about building the next step right now, or what we need to do maturity wise...all I'm worried about right now, from now until Friday, is how do we give our defense every ounce of everything we have so we can get some stops and we can win a game."
"We know what that is long term, but I don't care about long term...I'm worried about right now. What can we do to get some stops?"
We'll get to see how all that preparation pays off on Friday when Air Force travels to New Mexico for a 9pm ET kickoff.