The Aggie football team dropped their season opener against San Diego State 41-21 on Saturday night. The 20 point loss was not entirely indicative of the entire game as the Aggies were within six points early in the fourth quarter. Much like last year's meeting between the two teams when the Aggies and Aztecs were tied at 17 heading into the fourth quarter, SDSU just made a few more plays than the Aggies did down the stretch.
The good news for the Aggies is that the passing game appears to be in much better shape than last season. Matt Christian flashed some of his ability throughout the night and the Aggie had several 20-plus yard pass completions, including a 58 yard touchdown strike to Marcus Allen.
We were a bit disappointed in the running game for the Aggies. It was a strength last season for the team but against SDSU could only must 105 yards, half of those belonging to quarterback Matt Christian. Junior college transfer Kenny Turner did score the season's first touchdown on an 18-yard scamper around the right side which is something that we'll hopefully see more of as the season progresses.
Defensively, it was not a good night for the Aggies. They gave up 563 yards of total offense and four rushing touchdowns to Ronnie Hillman who finished the game with 150 yards on 22 carries (6.8 yards/attempt).
There were plenty of positives to take away from the game last night, most of all the Aggies were in position in the fourth quarter to win the game.
The Aggie volleyball team played two matches yesterday an early match against North Carolina in which the Aggies looked not so good. The evening match was against No. 21 LSU and the Aggies looked much much better for the final three and a half sets. The Aggies fell behind in the match 2-0 as LSU won the first two sets. However, the Aggies dominated the next two sets winning 25-22 and 25-15 and then after falling behind 5-1 in the fifth and deciding set, the Aggies rallied to force extra points before falling 17-15.
Ellen Miks was named to the All-Tournament team. She was the only Aggie named to the Tiger Classic All-Tournament team. Miks had a career-high 31 digs against No. 21 LSU and finished the weekend with 63 digs.
It was an encouraging performance for the Aggies and should provide an excellent springboard into the next four matches which will all be on the road. On Tuesday the Aggies invade Johnson Gym to take on in-state rival New Mexico before heading to Tucson for a tournament at the University of Arizona against three very quality teams.
On to today's links...
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' loss.
Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times writes that the Aggies are growing as a team.
The Albuquerque Journal recaps the Aggies' loss.
The Associated Press recaps the Aggies' loss.
Kevin Gemmel of the San Diego Union-Tribune recaps the Aggies' loss.
Kevin Gemmel talks about SDSU kicker Abel Perez.
The San Diego Union-Tribune recaps the Aggies' loss to SDSU.
The LSU athletic website recaps the Aggies' close loss to LSU.
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