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Football Opponent Preview: New Mexico

September 27, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: New Mexico

Liberty (1-2) plays its first of back-to-back games in the Land of Enchantment on Saturday, when the Flames make their first-ever visit to New Mexico (2-1, 0-0 Mountain West).

"4 Downs" with the Lobos

1. Saturday's contest will be Liberty's first-ever matchup with New Mexico and the Flames' inaugural meeting with a Mountain West Conference opponent on the gridiron. It is the Flames' first meeting with the Lobos in a men's team sport and just their fourth head-to-head matchup with New Mexico in any sport. Liberty teams are 0-3 all-time against New Mexico.

2. Liberty is playing the first of two consecutive games in New Mexico, as the Flames will return to the Land of Enchantment to battle New Mexico State on Oct. 6. Both games will see Liberty's opponent playing its Homecoming game on the heels of a bye week. The Flames are playing back-to-back road games in the same state for the first time since heading to Ohio on Sept. 6 and 13, 2003 to meet Toledo and Bowling Green.

3. The Flames are 0-3 all-time when playing in the Mountain Time Zone. They will be facing a New Mexico team which has won two of its first three games to start the season for the first time since 2007. New Mexico's third-string QB (Sheriron Jones) led the Lobos to a 42-25 victory at New Mexico State in their most recent outing (Sept. 15).

4. New Mexico has won four bowl games in program history, with the most recent triumph coming on its home field over UTSA in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos' men's basketball team has won four Mountain West Conference Tournament titles, including a 2005 crown under the direction of current Liberty Head Coach Ritchie McKay.