Written By: David Holbrook
As we awoke this morning and stepped outside in beautiful Las Cruces New Mexico the wife and I were treated to a fresh rain soaked air. Now I thought the fresh air symbolized the State of Aggie football. After a very disappointing loss to the Lobos the Aggies got back on the winning track and beat Alcorn State on Saturday morning. With the victory the Aggies now hold a record of 2-2 and head to Reno to take on the Wolfpack of Nevada to start WAC play.
The 11:30 AM start was different and unfortunately it showed in the stands. The reported attendance was listed as just over 11,000 but those of us present were thankful that it is paid attendance that counts. I am sure that the High School football games scheduled for Saturday, the State Fair and the early start had more of an impact than many realized. Remember that this game was rescheduled due to the Hurricane that ravaged the Gulf Coast region and forced Nicholls State to cancel. While Aggie fans were forced to make choices last weekend on what to attend, we must all remember that many families in the Gulf Coast region still don't have homes to go back to.
The Aggies were ready to set the tempo early and the defense definitely took out some aggression on the Braves. It was good to see the Aggie offense get untracked and the team enjoyed a 45-10 victory. The offense had total yardage of 571 with 220 of that on the ground, while the defense held the Braves to just 195 total yards. Chris Williams had a punt return for a touchdown to add to the point total.
While some will argue that the Aggie victory was expected, the team was reminded of the last second win last season over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and were determined to not have a repeat. Credit to the coaching staff for getting the team ready to play and to the team for executing the game plan. A win is a win and it all counts towards the goal of becoming bowl eligible in December.