Posted by Jerry Hinnen
When the day started, only two winless programs remained in the FBS, Akron and New Mexico . And both teams were facing their best opportunity of the season to avoid going 0-for-2010, with the Zips facing hapless Eastern Michigan victims Ball State and the Lobos hosting the equally toothless Cowboys of Wyoming .
The Zips came as close as you can possibly come without getting over the hump, going into double overtime before succumbing 37-30 in double-overtime . So maybe that was the inspiration the Lobos needed to finish the job; tied at 31 late in the fourth quarter with Wyoming, first-time starter and true freshman quarterback Stump Godfrey (handed the job after a pumpkin-carving accident ended his predecessor's season) led an epic 11-play, 47-yard march that ate up the final 5:33 off the clock and ended squarely in field goal range. James Aho connected on a 39-yard attempt at the gun, and the Lobos officially moved into the win column, 34-31
The victory won't come close to saving Mike Locksley 's job, and it probably won't even lead to anything better than a 1-11 final record. But the Lobos can say they haven't lost every game they've played. And tonight, that probably feels like enough.