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Offense Defeats Defense In Spring Game | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Offense Defeats Defense In Spring Game

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team held its annual spring game Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium, as the offense (wearing white) defeated the defense (wearing crimson) 47-23.
 
“I was happy with the way spring practice went overall and I thought we finished out the spring with a very good scrimmage, head coach DeWayne Walker said. “I thought the defense really finished strong over the last four practices and started to create an identity. Offensively, we have a lot of play makers like Manley, Clay and Rogers. The offense played well today at times. I would also like to thank the fans for coming out and supporting our team today.”
 
Points were awarded on both sides of the ball as the offense would earn points on first downs, PAT’s, plays of 30-plus yards, field goals and touchdowns, while the defense earned points on a 3 & out, a forced stop, a fourth down stop, a turnover and a turnover for a touchdown.
 
The game was highlighted early by the defense, who stopped the offense on their first five possessions of the scrimmage. On the day the defense recorded 10 sacks in the scrimmage. The defense jumped out to an early 14-7 lead.
 
The offense finally got on the board with Andrew Manley hit tight end David Quiroga for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Manley then hooked up with wide receiver Taveon Rogers on a 29-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 14-14. Running back James Hall, Jr. would punch it in for four yards out to give the offense a 21-17 lead. Quarterback Matt Christian then found wide receiver Adam Shapiro for a 34-yard touchdown, as the offense took a commanding lead.
 
Place kicker Tyler Stampler added a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the scrimmage to give the offense the 47-23 win.
 
Manley led the way in the passing game with 228 yards on 19-of-35 attempts, with two touchdowns. Christian threw for 56 yards on 7-of-11 with a touchdown. He also rushed for 22 yards. Running back Robert Clay led the team with 52 yards on 13 attempts, followed by Victor Johnson with 36 yards on four rushes. Hall, Jr. recorded the only rushing touchdown of the scrimmage and tallied 11 yards on five attempts.
 
Rogers had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Williams caught two passes for 26 yards. Clay would grab three catches for 30 yards, as Victor Johnson recorded two catches for 25 yards.
 
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Justin Smith and linebacker B.J. Adolpho led the way with six tackles each. Defensive back Jonte Green and linebacker Boyblue Aoelua each tallied five tackles. Defensive end Pierre Fils and defensive tackle David Niumatalolo both recorded three sacks a piece. Fils had five tackles in the game, while Niumatalolo grabbed four.
 
The Aggies end spring ball and now look forward to their opening game with Ohio on Sept. 3rd.