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The Daily Aggie :: 09/25/10 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 09/25/10

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The Aggie football team is in Lawrence, KS as they try to spring the upset on the Jayhawks. The Aggies are 0-2 on the season and have struggled defensively to get off the field on third down, have given up several big plays, have not been able to get a rush on opposing quarterbacks and have been inconsistent on offense. The Aggies are hoping for a change to all that today. Kansas comes into the game converting just 39 percent of their third down attempts and they have allowed 12 sacks in the first three games. However, the Jayhawks have 10 "big plays" (passes or runs of 20-plus yards) and their defense has given up an average of 20 points per game.

It will take a very strong effort for the Aggies to come out victorious, however, it's not impossible. The Jayhawks are still smarting a bit from their 6-3 loss to FCS foe North Dakota State to open the season and while that was three games ago, it will no doubt be in the back of every Jayhawk coach, player and fans' minds when the two teams take the field today.

Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker told the Lawrence Journal-World, “You’re always going to look at it and say if it’s been done once, it can happen again." He added, "Anything’s possible so we’re going to try to hold on to (what North Dakota State did), and hopefully it’ll happen for us this weekend.”

An Aggie victory today will depend on all three facets of the game, offense, defense and special teams. The Aggie offense must be more consistent. They came out strong in the first quarter against San Diego State but then had a lull in the second quarter that halted their momentum. Against UTEP, the Aggie offense was non-existent in the first, third and part of the fourth quarters. The Aggie ground game also needs to get in gear. Last season the Aggies 141.5 yards per game on the ground and with two solid backs in Seth Smith (over 1,000 yards last season) and heralded junior college transfer Kenny Turner, the ground game must be more of a factor than it has through the two games (just 110 yards combined for the duo through the first two games).

Defensively, the Aggies must take advantage of the KU offensive line's struggles to protect their quarterback. The Aggies have yet to record a sack and have not had much success getting the opposing quarterback's jersey dirty. The Aggies also must limit Kansas' big plays both on the ground and through the air.

On special teams, the Aggies have a slight edge. Kansas has had two punts blocked this season. The Aggies will also need to punt the ball well on the occasions where drives cannot be sustained. Field position is always key in football games and the Aggie defense can ill afford to be put in short field situations.

Today's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. MT kickoff and can be seen on Fox College Sports Central (DirecTV channel 623) and click here to find out if FCS is available from your provider. Live Stats will also be available for today's game. The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Also check out our Know The Foe segment with the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait as well as the KU athletic website's Gameday Central page.

The Aggie volleyball team returns to action at home for the first time since September 3rd. The Aggies were on the road for eight consecutive matches. The Aggies face Louisiana Tech, a team they just defeated on Thursday night in a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-11). As we mentioned on Thursday, the Aggies have been dominant against the Lady Techsters having only dropped three sets now in 12 matches under head coach Mike Jordan.

Kayleigh Giddens dominated the Lady Techsters on Thursday night and there's no reason to believe that she can't do the same tonight.

Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT first serve. Streaming video and audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required) and the match can also be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the action.

The Aggie soccer team lost 1-0 to Northern Colorado in overtime snapping a four match unbeaten streak. The Aggies had gone 3-0-1 in their past four matches and the golden goal by UNC's J.J. Wykstra snapped a 429 minute scoreless streak by the Aggie goal keepers. They had not allowed a goal since the 44:45 mark of their match against Northern Arizona.

The loss is just the second of the season for the Aggies and for the second year program, it's their 11th overtime match in 28 matches and their third this season. The Aggies are 3-5-3 in overtime matches.

The Aggies will continue their road trip on Sunday as they face Wyoming at 12:00 p.m. MT.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
The Associated Press previews today's game.

KUSports.com's Matt Tait writes that the Aggies aren't looking past the Jayhawks to No. 3 Boise State.

Kevin Romary of KUSports.com notes that the Jayhawks are also not overlooking today's game against New Mexico State.

KUSports.com's Matt Tait writes that the Jayhawks are hoping to add to their list of big plays.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews today's game.

KUSports.com breaks down the offensive, defensive and special teams unit matchups.

Aggie Soccer
The Northern Colorado athletic website recaps last night's Aggie loss.

Aggie Cross Country
The NM State athletic website recaps Thursday's Lori Fitzgerald Invitational.

KTSM NBC 9 in El Paso has video highlights of the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational.

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