Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies ended the 2010 season with a loss to Hawai’i, 59-24. It was also senior day for the NM State, as 17 players wore the Crimson and White for the final time.
The Aggies finish the 2010 season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-7 conference record. Hawai’i moves to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the WAC, claiming a share of the conference title with Nevada and Boise State.
As a team, the Aggies tallied 214 yards of total offense, while Hawai’i racked up 606 yards in the half. Andrew Manley led the Aggies with 135 yards passing on 20-of-35 passing and two interceptions. Kenny Turner led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 52 yards on 10 carries. Todd Lee caught five passes for 50 yards, while Kyle Nelson caught four passes for 43 yards. Defensively, Boyblue Aoelua, Darien Johnson, B.J. Adolpho and Donyae Coleman led the Aggies with five tackles each.
Hawai’i go the ball to start the second half and scored on just three plays, a 3-yard pass from Moniz to Salas, pushing their lead to 38-10 with 13:25 to go in the third quarter. The Aggie offense would stall and would be forced to punt. The Aggie defense then took the field and forced a Hawai’i interception. Davon House would intercept the ball and return it 48 yards for a touchdown, pulling the score to 38-17. It was House’s third career interception for a touchdown and his 11th interception of his career.
Hawai’i quickly responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Pollard, capping for a four play, 69-yard drive, bringing the score to 45-17 with just over six minutes to play in the third quarter. Green would score for the fourth time in the game on a 33-yard touchdown run, making it 52-17 with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter. Hawai’i added another score on an interception return to make it 59-17 with 5:06 to go. The Aggies would add one more touchdown with under a minute remaining on a one-yard touchdown run of Seth Smith, making the final score 59-24.
The Warriors got on the board first with 7:01 left in the first quarter, scoring on an 11-yard run by Alex Green, giving Hawai’i a 7-0 lead. Just minutes later after an Aggie three-and-out the Warriors added a 27-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-0 with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies next drive would start with a 39-yard kickoff return by Rogers. The Aggies took the ball 57 yards on 13 plays, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by Marcus Allen to bring the score to 10-7 with 12:32 left in the half. Hawai’i wasted no time bring their lead back to 10 points, going 91 yards in five plays, pushing their lead to 17-7 with 10:18 to go in the half. The Warriors scoring drive was finished off with a 12-yard pass from Moniz to Dimude.
The Aggies drove the ball deep into Hawai’i territory and were forced to kick a field goal. Stampler would hit the 37-yard field goal to make it 17-10 with 5:12 left in the half. Hawai’i quick scored again on a 45-yard touchdown run by Green to bring the score to 24-10 with 4:17 to go in the half. The Warrior got the ball back with just over two minutes in the half, scoring on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Moniz to Pilares with 1:10 left in the half, bringing the score to 31-10. The score would remain the same going into the locker room at halftime, 31-10.
As a team, the Aggies tallied 114 yards of total offense, while Hawai’i racked up 314 yards in the half. Manley led the Aggies with 83 yards passing on 11-of-18 passing and an interception. Kenny Turner led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 22 yards on five carries. Todd Lee caught five passes for 50 yards, while Kyle Nelson caught three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Darien Johnson led the Aggies with four tackles.