Aggies Drop Heartbreaker At San Jose State, Lose 13-10 On Last Minute Field Goal

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Seth SmithSAN JOSE, CA - The New Mexico State Aggies dropped a heartbreaker to the San Jose State Spartans, Saturday night at Spartans Stadium, 13-10. The Aggies go to 3-9, 1-7 on the season, while the Spartans improve to 2-9, 1-6 on the year.
 
Running back Seth Smith led the Aggies with 120 yards on the night, recording his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Jeff Fleming threw for 51 yards on 6-of-13 and an interception. Fleming would also have the Aggies only touchdown on the night, a one-yard run in the second quarter.  Todd Lee led the wide receivers with four catches for 30 yards. Defensively, Stephon Hatchett had 12 tackles and a forced fumble, while Ross Conner tallied 11 tackles on the night.
 
As a team, the Aggies rushed for 167 yards on 38 attempts, while throwing for 51 yards. The Aggie defense held the Spartans to just 293 yards of total offense, while recovering a fumble and grabbing n interception.

The Spartans started with the ball in the second half but the Aggie defense forced a three-and-out to give the ball back to the offense with 13:22 to go in the third quarter.
 
On the third play of the driving, Smith’s 15-yard carry put him over 100 yards for the game. It was Smith’s 100-yard game first since Fresno State (10/24). The Aggies continued to move the ball down the field and found themselves inside the Spartan 20-yard line. NM State would get as far as the nine-yard line before being forced to kick a 24-yard field goal, tying the game at 10-10 with 5:58 to go in the third quarter.
 
On the Spartans next drive, San Jose would fumble the ball on their own 49-yard line, giving the ball back to the Aggies at the end of the third quarter.
 
NM State would be forced to punt the ball back to the Spartans just three plays later. San Jose State then took the ball into NM State territory to start the fourth quarter. But a tackle-for-a-loss, a sack and an interception by Chris Buckner on the next three plays gave the ball back to the Aggies with 10:37 left on the clock.
 
The Aggies would go three-and-out and were forced to punt the ball back to the Spartans with 9:46 left in the game. But the NM State defense again stopped the Spartan attack and forced a punt with 8:46 to go in the contest. The Aggie offense couldn’t get anything going as well and was forced to punt again.
 
The Spartans then took the ball 82 yards in 12 plays down to the NM State 2-yard line before kicking the winning field goal with 34 seconds left on the clock. The drives big play was a 57-yard pass play from La Secla to Beauchman on second and eight from the SJSU 29-yard line.
 
The Aggies would have one last chance but could not move the ball down the field as the Spartans held on for the 13-10 win over the Aggies.
 
The Spartans struck first with a nine play, 86 yard scoring drive that ate 4:38 off the clock in the first half as SJSU took a 7-0 lead with 5:43 to go in the first quarter. The Aggies would be forced to punt for the second time in the game with 3:07 left in the first quarter. The quarter would end with the Spartans driving into Aggie territory.
 
The Spartans’ Tyler Cope hit a 46-yard field with 11:06 to go in the half to put San Jose State up 10-0. The Aggies took the ball to about midfield on their next possession before Fleming threw an interception, as the Spartans returned the ball 28 yards to the NM State 29-yard line.
 
The Aggie defense would hold, sacking the SJSU quarterback on fourth and five from the NM State 10-yard line. The sack was made by Chris Buckner, his first of the season.
 
NM State took over at its own 20-yard line and quick moved the ball down the field into Spartan territory with 4:37 left in the half. The Aggies drove the ball 80 yards, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Fleming to pull NM State within three points at 10-7 with two minutes remaining in the half. On the drive, Seth Smith had 52 yards on the ground for the Aggies.
 
The Spartans got the ball one final time in the half and drove the ball to the NM State 28-yard line, as the defense forced the SJSU to try a 45-yard field goal. Linebacker Jason Scott would block the attempt and the Aggies took possession of the ball with 22 seconds in the half. The Aggies would kneel on the ball as the score was 10-7, Spartans at halftime.
 
Seth Smith led the Aggies with 81 yards on the ground, as Fleming threw for 28 yards on 3-of-4 passing and rushed for 32 yards. Todd Lee caught two passes for 13 yards. Defensively, Hatchett led the Aggies with 10 tackles.
 
The Aggies travel to Boise, Idaho, Dec. 5th for the final game of the 2009 season to take on the Boise State Broncos. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. (MT)