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The Daily Aggie :: 09/26/10 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 09/26/10

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The Aggie football team dropped to 0-3 after a 42-16 loss to Kansas. We mentioned yesterday that the special teams battle would be one to watch and while the Aggies had a record setting performance by Taveon Rogers who finished with with 219 kickoff return yards on six returns, the downside to that record is that meant that Kansas had scored prior to at least five of those six returns (subtract one for the opening kickoff), the game's tide turned on a special teams play made by Kansas. The Aggies had just tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter and on the ensuing kickoff, Kansas' D.J. Beshears returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown putting Kansas up 14-7. While that certainly didn't end the Aggies' hopes in the game, it definitely killed any momentum the Aggies had built on the previous drive.

That being said, the Aggies were still only down by two touchdowns at halftime, however, as was the case last week against UTEP, Kansas scored quickly in the second half turning a 14-point deficit into a 21-point deficit less than two minutes into the second half.

On the plus side, the Aggie offensive line did not give up a sack for the third straight week. We can't remember when was the last time an Aggie football team has gone three straight games without surrendering a sack. Unfortunately on the flip side of that, the Aggie defense did not sack the opposing quarterback for the third consecutive game which, against a team that had given up 12 sacks in their previous three games (four in each game), is a bit disappointing.

The Aggies didn't turn the ball over which is also a plus and something that is a big part of the equation for winning football games but equally as important, the Aggies did not force any turnovers either (and have yet to force one through three games).

The Aggies' task does not get any easier, in fact, it probably gets harder as No. 3 (we'll see where they're ranked when the polls come out) Boise State comes to town on Saturday.

The Aggie volleyball team swept Louisiana Tech for the second time in three days and are off to a 2-0 start in league play. The Aggies won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11. Kayleigh Giddens again dominated the Lady Techsters with 22 kills on 36 swings with just two hitting errors and a .556 hitting percentage. In two matches against Louisiana Tech she has recorded 46 kills on 78 swings with just six hitting errors and a .513 hitting percentage. She has made a very strong case for WAC Player of the Week.

The competition gets much tougher for the Aggies as they'll host No. 5 Hawai'i on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they take on Wyoming. The Cowgirls are 6-5 after knocking off Boise State 1-0 on Friday night. The Aggies lost 1-0 in overtime to Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Cowgirls are a very stingy defense having given up just 15 goals in 11 matches, six of those goals came in one match against Creighton meaning the Cowgirls have given up just nine goals in their other 10 matches.

The Aggies have also been stout defensively giving up just five goals in nine matches.

The match is scheduled for a noon kickoff and there will be no live stats however, there will be live updates via the Wyoming women's soccer Twitter page (@WyoSoccer).

On to today's links...

The Kansas athletic website recaps the Aggie loss.

Aggie Football
Harold Bechard of the Hutchinson News recaps the Aggies' loss.

WIBW.com recaps the Aggies' loss and has video highlights.

Tully Corcoran of the Topeka Capital-Journal recaps the game.

Tully Corcoran also grades the Jayhawks.

The Associated Press recaps the game.

J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star talks about the KU duo.

The Sports Network recaps the loss.

Gary Bedore of KUSports.com recaps the Aggie defeat.

Matt Tait of KUSports.com recaps the game.

Aggie Equestrian
The NM State athletic website recaps the opening weekend.

Aggie Soccer
David Watson of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle talks about the Wyoming freshmen.

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