Don’t look for Tulsa to catch New Mexico off guard when the Golden Hurricane play their first road game under first-year Coach Philip Montgomery.
Lobo coach Bob Davie has a pretty good idea what to expect from TU.
“Tulsa’s gonna have the big receivers, they’re gonna throw the ball down the field,” Davie said. “They’re gonna be super up-tempo.”
New Mexico was 4-8 last year and Tulsa was 2-10 but both teams look improved in their first game. Tulsa beat Florida Atlantic 47-45 in overtime while New Mexico blanked Mississippi Valley State 66-0.
The Tulsa-UNM matchup could be a high scoring affair.
Davie, who was head coach at Notre Dame for five years, has installed a no-huddle offense at New Mexico.
Tulsa ran 86 offensive plays in its UFA game, which lasted more than four hours.
“They’re gonna move a lot faster and execute a lot more plays,” Davie said. “(But) I think we’re pretty prepared to go up-tempo and play against an up-tempo team.”
Davie became New Mexico’s 31st football head coach on Nov. 17, 2011. Davie, 59, had been a college football analyst on television since 2002. He had served as the lead analyst on ABC Saturday Night Primetime college football telecasts, as well as ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Night Primetime games.
Davie was head football coach at The University of Notre Dame for five seasons (1997-2001). He was defensive coordinator for three years (1994-96) with the Fighting Irish under head coach Lou Holtz before taking over the program in 1997. Davie spent nine years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University (1985-93) under head coaches Jackie Sherrill (1985-88) and R.C. Slocum (1989-93).
Davie had a 35-25 career record at Notre Dame, leading the Irish to three bowl games and taking the program to its first-ever BCS postseason game, the 2001 Fiesta Bowl.
Bob Davie record:
2014 New Mexico 4-8
2013 New Mexico 3-9
2012 New Mexico 4-9
2001 Notre Dame 5-6
2000 Notre Dame 9-3
1999 Notre Dame 5-7
1998 Notre Dame 9-3
1997 Notre Dame 7-6