By now you know the final score, 42-10 and unfortunately it was every bit the beating that the score indicates (it probably could have been worse but UTEP head coach Mike Price started pulling his starters and playing the second string).
UTEP had scored three touchdowns before the Aggie offense mustered a first down (the Aggies hadn't even gained enough yards in their first two drives combined to warrant a first down). When the Aggie offense finally got going, they looked good. They looked like the offense that scored on their second drive last week against San Diego State.
The Aggie defense struggled to get off the field all night long. UTEP converted six of their first seven third downs and also a 4th and 1. The Miners finished the night converting 9-of-17 third downs and as we noted yesterday, if the Aggie defense had a repeat performance of the San Diego State game on third down situations, it would be very tough to win the game.
The positives from last night? While there weren't many, the Aggie special teams played better than it did last week. Tyler Stampler hit a 31 yard field goal to essentially end the first half and the special teams blocked a field goal attempt by the Miners in the fourth quarter.
The offense put together two good second quarter drives, a nine play 63 yard touchdown drive and a 16 play 85 yard field goal drive. The Aggies' depleted offensive line also did not allow a sack the entire evening. The Aggie defense played well in the second quarter and combined with the offense, managed to trim a 21-point deficit down to a very manageable 11-point deficit by halftime.
It should also be noted that the Aggies' final drive of the game, the one in which they made it down to the Miners' 5-yard line. The replay really looked like Kenonte Howard landed with his toe inbounds before his heel hit the sideline on the third down pass in the endzone. We really thought it was a touchdown, unfortunately, the replay crew did not.
The Aggies have little time to regroup as they head to Lawrence, KS to take on a schizophrenic Jayhawk team. The Jayhawks lost 6-3 to FCS North Dakota State to open the season, then upset No. 15 Georgia Tech 28-25, then lost on Friday night to Southern Mississippi 31-16.
All-in-all it was a tough night for anyone wearing crimson.
The Aggie volleyball team fell 3-0 to Arizona yesterday afternoon. The Aggies hung tough with the Wildcats through about 16 points in the first two sets before Arizona pulled way. The Aggies pushed Arizona to extra points in the third set before falling 26-24.
Kayleigh Giddens and Jennah DeVries were named to the Arizona Invitational All-Tournament team.
The Aggies open up conference play on Thursday night against Louisiana Tech in Ruston. They'll then turn right around and face the Lady Techsters again on Saturday night in Las Cruces (the joy that is WAC scheduling).
Kelsey Brennan's status for the upcoming matches is still unknown, however, it sounds like the Aggies are going to take a cautious approach with their junior middle blocker in an attempt to make sure the ankle sprain does not turn into a lingering issue.
The Aggie soccer team is also back in action today as they wrap up their home non-conference slate against Lamar. The Cardinals fell 6-1 to UTEP on Friday night. The Aggies currently lead 1-0 at the time of this post. Cassie De Leon put the Aggies on the board in the 8th minute.
The match is being streamed live via Aggie Access (subscription required).
On to today's links...
The UTEP athletic website recaps last night's loss.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' loss.
Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times recaps the Aggies' loss.
Bill Knight of the El Paso Times equated last night's win to a mugging.
The Sports Network recaps the Aggies' loss.
The Arizona athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
Aggie Cross Country
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' performance in the Kachina Classic.
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