The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico held Red Rally Pep Rally and Bonfire on Johnson Field recently. The event was created a decade ago by ASUNM senators to increase school spirit before UNM’s Rio Grande Rivalry game between UNM and New Mexico State University. Sports Illustrated On Campus rated Red Rally #55 on their list of 102 More Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate.
ASUNM’s push for Red Rally, which has grown in popularity, led to the creation of the ASUNM Lobo Spirit Committee. The committee organizes school spirit events such as Lobo Sports Watch Parties, Lobo Day and more.
In the fun-spirited rivalry between UNM and NMSU, a large-scale replica of NMSU’s mascot, Pistol Pete, was built and burned in a bonfire. Constructing the replica required over 1,000 man hours. Volunteers gathered in the basement of the Sigma Chi Fraternity for two weeks where they assembled Pistol Pete out of plumbing conduit, chicken wire, Daily Lobos and more than 20,000 napkins. The morning of the bonfire, Pistol Pete traveled to Johnson Field, where he was set up by UNM’s Physical Plant Department.
More than 3,000 students gathered to watch the 15-foot tall mascot light up on a bonfire of pallets and timber. UNM senior running back, Kasey Carrier lit the bonfire, marking the first time anyone from outside of ASUNM has had the honor. The football team, spirit squads and Spirit Marching Band were all part of the festivities.
The Lobos crushed the Aggies 66-17 and Lobo fans left Branch Field smiling after Saturday’s big win at the Rio Grande Rivalry game. A stable offensive line was an integral part of the win, which boasted nine touchdowns and sent the Lobos to the top of the NCAA rushing stats, replacing the University of Oregon.
“We’ve won two in a row now," Davie said. It’s a start.”