New Mexico Lobos

New Mexico Lobos

About New Mexico Lobos

The New Mexico Lobos represent the University of New Mexico and have been active in college football since 1892. The team's main rivals are the New Mexico State Aggies. The rivalry dates all the way back to 1894 and has known as the Battle of I-25 and the Rio Grande Rivalry. The Lobos currently lead the series in terms of all-time wins.

For almost 40 years, the team operated as an independent, before joining the Border Conference in 1931. In 1952, they became a member of the Mountain States Conference, before becoming part of the Western Athletic Conference in 1962. They remained in the WAC until 1998 and joined the Mountain West Conference in 1999, where they still play today.

In terms of major championships, the Lobos have won four Conference Titles in their history, with the first win coming in the 1938 Border Conference season. The team's three subsequent wins all came in consecutive years in 1962, 1963 and 1964, during their time in the Western Athletic Conference. In more recent times, New Mexico won the 1997 WAC Pacific Division Championship, but eventually lost the Conference Championship Game to Colorado State. The team currently have a 3–7–1 record in bowl games.

A number of former New Mexico players have gone on to achieve success in the NFL, including Brian Urlacher, Robin Cole, Terance Mathis, Don Perkins and David Sloan. All five players were Pro Bowl selections during their careers. In addition, Urlacher was named in the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, while Cole went on to become a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Branch Field at University Stadium has hosted the team's home games since its opening in 1960. The venue underwent an expansion in the early part of...