Ranking Every Game of the Mike Bobo Era: #20, 2019 New Mexico

  • Final Score: Colorado State 35, New Mexico 21
  • Line: Colorado State -5
  • Venue: Dreamstyle Stadium

Another day, another win against a crap Mountain West team. These Lobos were 2-10 with wins over Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. Rams should have won in a blowout, but the Lobos were able to keep it close throughout.

CSU scored on their opening drive with a big gainer to Toby McBride, then both teams exchanged punts and fumbles for a bit. Then this iconic play happened, symbolizing the entire Mike Bobo era:

New Mexico makes the dumbest play in football, but our beloved Rams somehow one-up them and make an even dumber one. “SOMEONE PICK UP THE BALL!” I screamed from my couch 450 miles away. It didn’t help.

PICK. UP. THE. BALL.

If EA was still making NCAA Football games, I think they’d just give our entire team a “40” in the awareness category.

I was watching the Michael Jordan documentary the other day and BJ Armstrong had this awesome quote: “Michael Jordan didn’t really play basketball anymore. He just figured out how to win the game… He was just playing a different game than the rest of us. He let us play, but he was there to win the game.”

It made me think of the Ram football team and how we were the exact opposite of that. We don’t really play football any more, we just try to find ways to lose the game.

Down 14-7, Patrick O’Brien hits Warren Jackson:

Then before the clock expires on the half, Marvin Kinsey scores on a 4th and 1 to make it 21-14. Rams score on their first drive of the 2nd half to go up 28-14.

Lobos managed to keep it close though with a touchdown of their own combined with a boner in the kicking game from us (missed 46 yard field goal.)

The game was over when… Lobo 1st-and-10 on the CSU 17-yard line with about 5 minutes left in the game. Down 14, the Lobos needed a touchdown to stay in the game. Livingston Paogofie had other ideas:

CSU ball, game over!

Behind enemy lines:

Yep! Suck it, Lobo fans! Somehow through the ups and downs of the Fairchild, McElwain, and Bobo eras we’ve managed to beat them 10 straight.

Replay of the game is here:

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