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Martin, who early in his career played cornerback before switching back to offense, is just the sixth running back in school history to have two seasons with more than 1,000 yards rushing. He also ranks fifth in school history with 3,170 career rushing yards.

“We’ve always just had that work ethic, the attitude of always trying to improve every day,” said linebacker Aaron Tevis, one of the 19 members of that 2006 group. “We’ve tried to improve this program in everything that we’ve done here.”

Having accomplished so much, players say it’d be hard to imagine a letdown against a New Mexico team that ranks near the bottom of the Mountain West in almost every statistical category. The offense is averaging just 13 points and 305 total yards on offense per game, while the defense ranks 119th nationally in scoring and rushing yards allowed per game.

The Lobos are coming off their second off-week of the season, and have used the extra time to heal and prepare. They got their first win of the season three weeks ago, beating UNLV 21-14 at home, but dropped the next game at Wyoming.

Barlow said it’s no mystery what the Lobos need to do have any kind of chance of keeping up with a Boise State team that averages 43.6 points per game, sixth best nationally and allows fewer than 20 points per game.

“We’ve really just got to continue doing what we’ve been doing, and that’s to go out and give maximum effort, cut down on mistakes. If we can do that we can give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter,” Barlow said. “People on the team are excited to be back and the idea of going to Boise and doing what people don’t think we can do.”