Written By: David Holbrook
The tailgate lots were overflowing and Aggie pride was all over the place. It was a rivalry game and Las Cruces came to show their support. From the Pride band marching with the Sundancers in tow, to the pregame festivities the rivalry between NMSU and UNM runs deeper than the athlletic competition. I saw Aggies with Lobo's and vice versa, bragging rights for a year on the line.
Tonight was the first time in the three plus years that I have attended Aggie football games at Memorial Stadium that I felt the excitement from the crowd. What an awesome display of support that the Aggie faithful showed their team during the games against the UNM Lobos.
I have seen Aggie Memorial full before, but tonight it was mostly Crimson and was intense throughout the game. The student section was loud and into the game.
The Aggies started out on fire scoring 14 quick points and holding the Lobo's to zero. The lead was smaller at halftime, but the Aggies were still out in front. It was pretty cool to see the induction of the Aggie legends and see all of their teammates there to relish in the moment. Perhaps remembering the blood, sweat and tears that they put in to being an Aggie football player.
The third quarter was pivotal for the Aggies as they held on to a slim lead going into the fourth. It seemed the defense was on the field a lot and the Lobo's took advantage and ran and ran and ran again.
The Aggies didn't come out on top of the scoreboard but I really believe that next week's game against Alcorn State will be just what they need to get ready for the WAC play to start. Please try to attend the game on Saturday and show your support once again. It was awesome to be a part of the atmosphere for this game.