NM State Football Falls 63-7 At No. 17/18 LSU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BATON ROUGE, LA - The New Mexico State football team had four takeaways in the first half, but No. 17/18 LSU overcame the turnovers and defeated the Aggies 63-7 in front of 101,987 fans in Tiger Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 27. NM State falls to 2-3 on the year and the Tigers move to 4-1 overall.

Sophomore defensive back Kawe Johnson led the Aggies defense with 12 tackles, three of them solo, to go along with two forced fumbles and an interception. It was the second straight game that Johnson has tallied at least 12 tackles and the third time this season that he has posted double-digit tackles. Senior defensive back Winston Rose pulled in his second interception of the year. LSU came into the game with four turnovers on the season and the Aggie defense doubled that, grabbing two interceptions and picking up two fumbles.

NM State did not allow the Tigers to score until the 2:07 mark in the first quarter, when LSU found the end zone on an 11-yard run after driving the ball 40-yards on five plays. The Aggies picked up 13 first downs against the No. 17/18 team in the nation and finished the night with 274 yards of total offense. Starting quarterback Tyler Rodgers finished the evening going 14-of-21 passing with two interceptions while backup quarterback Andrew Allen was 2-for-2 passing and tallied 113 yards rushing on five carries.

The offensive highlight of the night for the Aggies came with 3:14 left in the second quarter as Andrew Allen scurried up the middle of the field for a 79-yard touchdown run. That was the longest play from scrimmage for the Aggies this season and the longest of Allen’s career.

“We were running zone and I was supposed to read the gap,” Allen said. “It just opened right up for me.”

The Aggies head back into Sun Belt Conference play next week taking on Georgia Southern, Saturday, Oct. 4 with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (MT). That game is the ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ game and all Aggie fans are asked to wear pink in support of the fight against cancer.

“We are 1-0 in the Sun Belt and we need to focus on those games,” said Head Coach Doug Martin. “We need to take care of the ball a little better and we will be Okay. I hope to see the Aggie fans out there supporting the team and the cause next week.”​