Tag:Stump Godfrey
Posted on: November 6, 2010 9:20 pm

New Mexico is off the schneid

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.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:45 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 11:46 am

New Mexico loses QB to pumpkin-carving accident

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's pretty hard not to feel a little sorry for the New Mexico football program.  It's even harder not to laugh at it.  The Lobos are 0-8 this season, and 1-19 over the last two years.  The only time we write about them here is when Mike Leach is saying he's not crazy enough to take over the program , or their current head coach is just crazy enough that you actually have to consider that he may have attacked a student reporter at a sports bar.   When that's not good enough, we write about New Mexico beat reporters who lose their jobs for emailing players and kind of suggesting they should quit the team.

So this story really shouldn't shock you in the least.  You should in no way be surprised to find out that the Lobos have lost a quarterback for the rest of the season due to a pumpkin-carving accident
New Mexico's unfathomably bad season took a turn for the worse before the Lobos left Albuquerque.

Part-time starting quarterback Brad Gruner sliced the pinkie on his throwing hand and required season-ending surgery.

The accident happened while carving a pumpkin.
Gruner was carving "Help" into the pumpkin when the accident happened.*  His loss won't be that big of a deal for New Mexico, as they've been using three other terribly ineffective quarterbacks this season in what was some kind of four-headed monster hell-bent on not winning football games.  In fact, anytime a pumpkin-carving accident can help get a player named Stump Godfrey on the field more, it's a wonderful thing.

*I assume this is what he was carving, anyway

Hat tip: SBNation

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