Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/16 You survived the opening weekend of conference play. What were your thoughts on the two matches?  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked Nationally For Second Consecutive Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - New Mexico State baseball’s 2016 recruiting class has been named the 33rd ranked class in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Monday. This is the first time in school history the Aggies have had back-to-back nationally-ranked recruiting classes in baseball, with last year’s class ranked 37th.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Survives Five Set Match With Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In what looked to be a replay of Thursday’s match, New Mexico State (11-4, 2-0 WAC) outlasted Utah Valley (4-11, 0-2 WAC) 18-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 16-14 on Saturday. The Aggies are now 3-1 in five set matches this season, with the only loss coming to UC Santa Barbara in the opening weekend.

“You have to give credit to Utah Valley, they are a great blocking team and came out did some good things in the first half,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I felt like they were definitely more prepared to play than we were. It was tough match back and forth. There were a lot of errors on both sides, and it was not pretty volleyball. However, we are finding ways to win. Other than being a little tougher and more competitive, I don’t know if I can ask for much more from our team. We are really happy to be 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Drops Sun Belt Opener At Troy 52-6

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROY, AL - Tyler Rogers tied a career-high in passing yards as the NM State football team dropped a 52-6 decision to Troy on Saturday night inside Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rogers led the Aggies (1-3, 0-1 SBC) offensively as he completed 29-of-54 passes for 445 yards and one touchdown. Overall, NM State racked up 539 yards of total offense. Rogers connected with Izaiah Lottie on five passes for 71 yards and the lone Aggie touchdown.

Dalton Herrington led the Aggie defense with 13 tackles while Tymon Locklin chipped in eight tackles. Jared Phipps and Rodney Bulter each had six tackles.

Troy (3-1, 1-0 SBC) was led by Brandon Silvers who completed 23-of-32 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Chunn led the Trojan rushing efforts with 64 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Late Rally Not Enough For NMSU Soccer In 3-2 Loss At Houston

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - A resilient New Mexico State women’s soccer team rallied down 3-0 in the first half, and brought it within 3-2 but fell short as time expired on Friday against Houston at the Carl Lewis Complex.

Another early goal given up by the Aggies (2-9-0) had them playing from behind just two minutes into the game against Houston (5-1-1). A few minutes later, the Cougars tacked on another goal, this time on a set piece from Desiree Bowen.

NM State defense looked as if it had settled down and found its focus as the Aggies rattled off four shots. However, Bowen was able to slip past the Aggie defense once again as Tiffani Echeverria found her on a through ball that found its way past Ashley Martin and was easily tapped in for her hat-trick with 44:06 on the clock in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/15/16 :: A By The Numbers Look At The NMSU vs. Troy Matchup

We’re back to take another statistical deep dive as we look at this week’s matchup between the Aggies and the Troy Trojans. Despite being 1-2 on the season, the Aggies have plenty of positives heading into this week’s game against the Trojans. First and foremost the Aggies will see the return of Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year Larry Rose III who will be making his 2016 debut. Second, the Aggies played well offensively in last week’s game at Kentucky. The Aggies held their own offensively, especially in the first half scoring 35 of their 42 points before the break. Meanwhile the Trojans are 2-1 on the season with an impressive win over Southern Miss on the road last weekend, a Southern Miss team which rallied to beat Kentucky in Lexington in week one. The Trojans also hung tough with Clemson eventually losing 30-24. With those results in mind, what can we tell about Troy? Are they as good as their 2-1 record would indicate or are they overrated and getting a little too much credit for a “close” loss at Clemson?

Troy ranks 39th overall on offense averaging 467 yards per game. They’re 24th overall rushing averaging 236.7 yards per game and 68th overall in passing averaging 230.3 yards per game which ranks just ahead of New Mexico State who is 69th in passing averaging 229.3 yards per game. The Aggies rank 85th in rushing at 154.7 yards per game.

Defensively Troy ranks 59th overall giving up 363 yards per game. They’re 48th overall in rushing defense allowing 124.3 yards per game and 80th overall in pass defense giving up 238.7 yards per game. The Aggies are 63rd in pass defense giving up 218.3 yards per game but 127th in rush defense allowing 297 yards per game. Overall the Aggies are the 120th ranked defense allowing 515.3 yards per game.

So as we did last week, let’s take a little deeper look at what those numbers represent.

When Troy has the ball on first down, they’re slightly more likely to run than pass. They’ve run the ball 63 times for 433 yards while passing the ball 44 times (completing 30) for 322 yards. They’re averaging an excellent 7.05 yards per first down play which sets them up for a 2nd and short situations which really taxes the opposing defense. Where it gets interesting is on third down. Overall Troy is a horrendous third down team converting just 27 percent of their third downs. However, if you dig deeper into that number you’ll find that they’re actually a very respectable third down team when they’re faced with a short to intermediate third down (six yards or less to gain). They’ve converted 9 of 20 first downs in which they’ve had to gain six or fewer yards. Where they’re terrible is when the defense gets them into a third and long situation where they have to gain seven or more yards. In that scenario they’ve converted just TWO of their 24 third down situations. The key for the Aggie defense will be to force Troy in to third and long situation which will obviously be much easier if they can hold Troy under their first down gain average of just over seven yards.

How does that stack up against the Aggie defense? Well, New Mexico State is giving up 6.39 yards per play on first down. Teams have predominantly run against the Aggies on first down with good success — 82 rushes for 471 yards, an average of 5.74 yards per rush. Passing, the Aggies have allowed just 12-of-23 completions for 200 yards, however, eight of the 12 completions have gone for first downs. When the Aggies get teams to third down they haven’t been that successful getting off the field. Teams have converted 20 of 45 third down attempts. Teams are have converted 13 of 22 third downs where they’ve had to gain six or fewer yards but just seven of the 25 third downs where they had to gain seven or more yards, though with one caveat, teams have converted five of the eight third downs where they had to gain between seven and nine yards.

Defensively Troy is allowing opponents to gain an average of 5.18 yards on first down. Teams are 29-of-47 for 286 yards through the air on first down and have rushed 51 times for 222 yards. As you can see their three combined opponents have been pretty even in their run/pass play calling on first down and that should continue as the Aggies have had 98 first downs on offense and have thrown the ball 49 times and run the ball 49 times but more on that in a bit.

Troy has done a good job getting off the field on third downs. Opponents are converting just 28 percent of their third downs (not accounting for first downs gained via penalty). They’ve been good in third in short to intermediate (six yards or fewer) allowing just 11 of 29 third down conversions. They’ve been even better in third and long (seven or more yards) allowing just four of 24 third down conversions.

So what does that mean for the Aggies? Offensively on first down they’ve doing pretty well averaging 5.72 yards per play on first down. As we mentioned before it’s been dead even playcalling between passing and running on first down. The Aggies have thrown 49 ties, completing 26 for 370 yards with half of those completions going for first downs. They’ve run 49 times for 191 yards, just 3.89 yards per run. When the Aggies have been forced into a third down situation, they’ve done reasonably well converting 17 of 37 third downs. They’ve converted seven of 16 third downs where they had to gain six or fewer yards. They’ve also done relatively well on third and long (seven or more yards to gain) converting 10 of 21 times. They’ve been even better with between seven and nine yards to gain converting on seven of the 12 times they’ve faced that situation.

So what is the final takeaway from this deep dive? The Troy offense is potent on first down and they’ve converted well on third and intermediate to short. If the Aggie defense can force Troy in to third and long situations it will obviously help tremendously. Offensively if the Aggies can get into third and short situations it goes without saying that they should be successful. Troy has been at their best when forcing teams in to third and 7+ yard situations.

Obviously having Larry Rose III back will be a boost for the Aggie offense, though how effective he is remains to be seen and it would be unwise to expect Rose to be back to his pre-injury form right away. From what we’ve been able to gather, these injuries can take up to six months to fully heal and the last thing to come back is the side-to-side, lateral explosive movements which are something a running back like Larry Rose III depends on a lot in his game.

It should be a fairly evenly matched game, Troy at least on paper seems to have the upper hand defensively. We certainly don’t believe the Aggies will allow another massacre like they did last season. Despite Troy’s close loss to Clemson and their win over Southern Miss on the road, a deep dive into the numbers would indicate that the Aggies aren’t as overmatched as the 17 point underdog line would suggest.

NMSU Volleyball Survives Seattle Comeback Attempt, Opens WAC Play With 3-2 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Once again, New Mexico State (10-4, 1-0 WAC) and Seattle U (7-7, 0-1 WAC) took five sets to determine a winner, with the Aggies coming out on top with a 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 15-13 decision, to start the Western Athletic Conference season.

"I liked our service pressure," said head coach Mike Jordan. "In the first couple of sets, we blocked well and got in their heads a little bit. They didn't look characteristic of themselves. I really expected this to be a close match. Then the 10-minute break happened, and it changes the momentum sometimes. We came out and got super high air. Their service pressure improved and started serving it tougher. They started taking better swings. It looked like the match had flipped. We went from looking the best we have this year, to looking like we did the first week of the season in the third and fourth sets. We started getting in our own heads, trying to hang on and hope they would make mistakes, instead of making plays. I tried to fire them up and I don't know if it worked or not, but we are happy to get a win."  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/20/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/20/16 The team was able to pick up three wins at the Brown Invitational. What did you think about your team’s play?
Mike Jordan: The competition wasn’t like it was the weekend before obviously when we played Arizona, Sac State and Texas A&M but they were able to do some things against us to create some issues against us. Binghamton in particular. They received it well and when you pass it well and you get good swing after good swing you’re going to stay in the game. They pushed us late into sets. We were high error throughout a lot of that match and that made it closer than it needed to be. I thought in the other two matches we were fairly efficient, especially the last one against Brown. We settled down and started making better choices and attack selection. With this group when we’ve been high error, it’s trying to do too much with what you have. Sometimes you just have to get dug. You’re not going to get a kill on a particular set. We have to learn that. We do it at times but you’ve got to be consistent with it. There are times you have to be more aggressive working the ball off the top of the block. When we we’re able to do that we’re pretty good. That Binghamton match you got out to a big lead in the first set but end up losing that set. After the big lead, the rest of that match was really competitive. The second and third sets you had to fight off a couple set points in both of those sets. What did you see from your kids that allowed them to do that?
MJ: Late in those sets are probably the only times, in two and three, that we weren’t high error. We were able to settle down and make some plays and fortunately they made a couple attack errors late in games. But I think the majority of that match we were high error we just happened to be low error when we needed to most and came away with the win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Falls To Nevada 2-0

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team played well for most of the match on Sunday, but a pair of miscues saw them drop a 2-0 decision to visiting Nevada at the NM State Soccer Complex.

“We started the game a little bit slow, but for about 60-70 minutes we played very, very well,” head coach Freddy Delgado said. “Unfortunately we made two costly errors that got us the two goals. We created about four chances that we should’ve scored on. We score those and it’s a different game.”

Both teams looked evenly matched midway through the first half as both goalies directed their defense accordingly. However, a turnover by the Aggies in the 28th minute saw Nevada’s Aless Abbuhl take advantage of an errant NM State pass just outside the box and sailed it over Ashley Martin’s head for the first goal of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>