Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
BOISE, ID - Running back Seth Smith became the first NM State running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, since 2000, as the Aggies fell to No. 6 Boise State, 42-7, Saturday afternoon. Smith’s 114 yards was his fifth 100-yard game of the season, as he becomes just the fourth Aggie running back since 1969 to rush for a 1,000 yards in a single season. Smith tallied 1,016 yards on the year.
The Aggies finish the season at 3-10, 1-7 in the WAC, as Boise State moved to 13-0 on the year and 8-0 in conference play.
Tonny Glynn also made his mark in the NM State record books on the day, becoming the Aggies’ all-time leader in kickoff returns in a season (35) and in kickoff return yardage in a season (778). Both records were previously held by Bryan Love, set back in 1988.
The Aggies rushed for 163 yards on the day, while passing for 49 yards. Smith led the way with 114 yards on 35 carries, while Fleming threw for 36 yards on 3-of-7 passing. Tonny Glynn tallied 86 kickoff return yards. Stephon Hatchett led the Aggies with 12 tackles, followed by Davon Hose with nine.
The Aggies started with the ball in the second half and after getting close to midfield, the drive stalled, forcing NM State to punt the ball away. Boise State started its drive at its own 34-yard line, taking time off the clock with the run game. Doug Martin would score his third touchdown of the day on the 11th play of the drive, making it a 35-0 with 7:41 left in the third quarter.
The Aggies next drive was led by Smith, who rushed for 25 yards in the drive. NM State would go for it on fourth-and- two, but Smith’s attempt was stopped short of the first down. The Broncos took over at the BSU 44-yard line with 3:53 left in the third. Martin then took the hand-off and 56 yards later pushed the Broncos lead to 42-0 with 3:42 to go in the third.
The Aggies would go three-and-out on their next possession, but the NM State defense forced a Boise State punt, giving the ball back to the offense to start the fourth quarter. But the offense couldn’t move the ball and was forced to punt again at the 14:04 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Broncos would drive inside the NM State 20-yard line, before fumbling the ball, giving NM State the ball back with 9:58 left in the game. Finua recovered the fumble, as Hatchett knocked the ball loose.
On the next play, Smith’s five yard run put him over 1,000 yards for the season. The Aggies’ would be forced to punt the ball away five plays later. The Broncos would fumble the ball again, on very next play, giving NM State the ball at the BSU, 17-yard line, as BJ Adolpho recovered the fumble.
Trevor Walls would punch it in from one-yard out, five plays later to get NM State on the board and cut the Broncos’ lead to 42-7 with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
The Broncos would drive the ball down inside the Aggies’ 5-yard line with about a minute left in the game before running out the clock with three straight kneel downs, as Boise State defeated NM State 42-7.
The Aggies defense stopped Boise State on its first two possessions of the game, forcing the Broncos to punt the ball away. In the Aggies first possession, it was a three-and-out drive for NM State. On their second possession, the Aggies started at the 50-yard line, driving the ball inside the 30-yard line. Hughes would attempt a 42-yard field goal but would push it wide left, giving the ball back to Boise State.
The Broncos took the ball 74 yards down the field, ending with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Young, giving Boise State a 7-0 lead with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter. The Aggies’ next drive would get back into BSU territory before a wide receiver pass by Bullock was intercepted by the Broncos.
Boise State took over deep in its own territory and quick moved the ball inside the Aggie 40-yard line. But two penalties stalled the drive, forcing the Broncos to punt the ball back to the Aggies with 14:18 left in the second quarter.
The Aggies next drive was a three-and-out, as Hughes’ punt travelled just 30 yards, giving Boise State good field position. The Broncos would punch the ball in the end zone, four plays later on a 9-yard reverse, extending their lead to 14-0 with 10:32 left in the half.
It was another three-and-out for the Aggies, giving the ball back to the Broncos at the 50-yard line. Boise State extended their lead to 21-0 on a six play, 50-yard driving with 7:02 to go in the half. Martin punched it in from four yards out for the touchdown.
The Aggies would get the ball back at their own 20-yard line to start the drive. NM State moved the ball down the field and would get inside the Boise State 15-yard line before Fleming fumbled the ball at the BSU 5-yard line on a quarterback keeper. Time on the clock was 2:31 left in the half.
The Broncos quickly moved the ball into Aggie territory and on a fourth-and-three from the NM State 28-yard line, completed a 5-yard pass play to extend the drive. Four plays later, Martin scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give Boise State a 28-0 lead going into the locker room at halftime.
Smith rushed for 50 yards in the half, while Fleming added 32 yards on the round. The Aggies threw for 36 yards on 3-of-9 passing and an interception. NM State had 117 yards of total offense in the first half, while Boise State tallied 326 yards of total offense.