MRI and CAT scans negative

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico starting quarterback Kole McKamey will not play Saturday against Air Force because he had trouble remembering portions of the Lobos' game last week against Utah.

"He came in on Sunday and said he was sick to his stomach and didn't remember some of the game on Friday night," coach Rocky Long said Tuesday.

McKamey won't make the trip to Colorado Springs, Long said.

McKamey had a tough night in the Lobos' 28-7 loss to nationally ranked Utah last Friday. He completed just two of his first 14 passes and finished 7-of-22 for 83 yards.

Long said McKamey, a sophomore from Artesia, N.M., underwent an MRI and CAT scan and the results were negative.

"But considering he doesn't remember the entire game ... they've decided he shouldn't play," Long said. "They (doctors) want to make sure he feels 100 percent before putting him back on the field."

McKamey missed the second half of New Mexico's game against Oregon State last month with a concussion.

"It might be another one or a continuation of the first one," Long said.

Senior quarterback Tali Ena will start against the Falcons. The former transfer from Washington State has seen brief playing time this season and completed just three of 18 passes against Oregon State for 29 yards.

"That won't change our plans one bit," Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry said of the Lobos' change in quarterbacks.

The loss of McKamey is the latest hit on an offense that continues to struggle. The Lobos' offense failed to score at Oregon State and against Utah and ranks last in the Mountain West Conference in total offense with 202 yards a game.

"Tali knows how to put the ball in our hands and the receivers just have to go and make the catches," said New Mexico wide receiver Hank Baskett.