Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
RUSTON, LA - The New Mexico State football team fell to Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon, 45-7, in Ruston, La. The Aggies fall to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the WAC, while LA Tech improves to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.
The Aggies recorded just 142 yards of total offense on the day, 74 yards on the ground and 68 yards passing. Trevor Walls threw for 51 yards on 10-of-12 passing, while Jeff Fleming tallied 17 yards passing on 3-of-8. Seth Smith had 32 yards rushing, while Marcus Anderson grabbed three passes for 29 yards. Defensively, Jason Scott had a career-high 15 tackles, while Davon House recorded his second touchdown return of his career.
LA Tech got the ball to start the second half and made quick work, marching down the field, on an eight-play 86 yard drive to extend their lead to 31-0, with just over 11 minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Aggies were forced to punt on their first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs would add another touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Ross Jenkins to Dennis Morris, extending LA Tech’s lead to 38-0, with 6:24 go to in the third.
The Aggies would then show some life on offense, moving the ball into LA Tech territory before Jeff Fleming threw the Aggies’ second interception of the day, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs. LA Tech would take over at their own 20-yard line as the third quarter expired.
The Bulldogs would be forced to punt. On the punt LA Tech downed the ball inside the Aggies’ 3-yard line. The Aggie offense couldn’t move the ball and were again forced to punt the ball away.
On the Bulldogs next possession, Lyle Fitte found the end zone on a 16-yard rush from scrimmage to put LA Tech up 45-0.
The Aggies would get on the board as defensive back Davon House picked up a LA Tech fumble and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to bring the score to 45-7.
The Bulldogs would kneel on the ball on their next drive to end the game, as LA Tech won 45-7.
After an NM State punt to start the game, the Bulldogs struck first with a 26-yard field goal at 8:56 to go in the first quarter, as LA Tech lead 3-0. The Aggie offense couldn’t move the ball on their second possession and were forced to punt for the second time in the game.
The Bulldogs took over on their own 35-yard line a quickly moved inside the Aggies’ ten. Just two plays later the Bulldogs punched it in the end zone to take 10-0 with 4:07 left in the first quarter. On NM State’s next possession, the Aggies would get the ball into Bulldogs territory but would stall, punting for the third time in the game. The Bulldogs started their next drive deep inside their field, as the first quarter expired.
The Aggie defense would hold the Bulldogs to start the second quarter, forcing a LA Tech punt. The Aggie offense began to move the ball down field, getting into Bulldog territory before a Marcus Anderson fumble on the sideline, gave the ball back to the Bulldogs.
LA Tech moved the ball right down the field inside the Aggies’ 1-yard line and on the next play Ross Jenkins kept the ball on a quarterback sneak to put the Bulldogs up 17-0 with nine minutes to go in the half.
On the Aggies ensuing drive, Walls was intercepted by Tank Calais, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs with just over eight minutes to go in the half. But the Aggie defense would hold and force a Bulldog punt with just over five minutes to play.
The Aggies were again forced to punt, with just over three minutes to go in the half. LA Tech would connect on a fourth-and-long for a 29-yard touchdown pass to take 24-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the game. The Aggies would hold a 24-0 lead going into the half.
The Aggies tallied just 84 yards of total offense in the first half and just 33 of those yards on the ground. Walls went 10-of-12 for 51 yards and an interception, while Smith had 22 yards on the ground. Anderson led the wide receivers with three catches for 29 yards. Stephon Hatchett led the defense with eight tackles.
The Aggies will take on Fresno State, Oct. 24th for Homecoming weekend. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m., on ESPNU.