Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team lost 41-24 to Troy in Sun Belt Conference action, Saturday, Oct. 11 in Troy, Ala., falling 2-5 on the year and 1-3 in league play. The Troy Trojans are now 1-5 overall and 1-1 in SBC action.
NM State’s first score of the game came off a 53-yard run by freshman running back Larry Rose III. The run was the longest of Rose’s career. Maxwell Johnson would give the Aggies their second score of the day on a 24-yard field goal to put the Aggies within 10, at 20-10.
Wide receiver Jerrel Brown would get in on the action late in the third as sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers connected with Brown on a 30-yard pass to keep the Aggies within 10 at 27-17 with 1:29 left in the third quarter. The Aggies’ final score of the game came with 2:14 left in the game capping off a 66-yard drive when Rogers found wide receiver Teldrick Morgan all by himself in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown reception.
NM State posted a total of 395 yards on the afternoon while giving up 571 yards to the Trojans. Freshman running back Rose looked to be back to form as he tallied a team-high 85 yards on the ground, which included a 53-yard touchdown run. The run was the longest of his career as he finished the afternoon posting 135 total yards, including 50 yards receiving.
Morgan continued his high level of play on the season, leading the Aggies with 67 receiving yards on 7 receptions and one touchdown. He also had 139 kick-off return yards to finish with 213 all-purpose yards against the Trojans. Morgan’s quarterback, Rogers, went 22-of-32 passing for 272 yards, throwing two touchdown passes and an interception. He was sacked four times on the afternoon, which was the first time this season any sacks were given up by the Aggie offensive linemen.
The Aggies struggled to stop the run giving up 360 yards on the ground. The NM State offense also did what Head Coach Doug Martin did not want from his offense to by turning the ball over four times. Troy scored twice off of the four NM State turnovers, with the first Aggie turnover resulting in Troy ending their drive with a turnover of their own. Rogers’ interception resulted in a Troy 41-yard field goal to push their lead to 20-7. The Aggies second fumble of the day came with 10:48 remaining in the fourth quarter resulting in a four play, 26-yard touchdown drive to double the score, 34-17.
Defensively, linebackers Derek Ibekwe and Rodney Butler led the charge with 14 and 12 tackles respectively. Linebacker JB Copeland stepped up and made 10 tackles while he joined defensive lineman Drew James for a sack. Butler also forced a fumble that was recovered by Dalton Herrington with 5:29 left in the second quarter. The Aggies could not capitalize on that turnover as they gave the ball back to the Trojans on an interception at the Troy six yard line.
“We are struggling to hold on to the ball and we aren’t scoring points,” head coach Doug Martin said. “We just didn’t play well today. Larry Rose did run the ball well today but we just didn’t block well enough for him or for any of our backs.”
The Aggies continue Sun Belt action heading to Moscow, Idaho Saturday, Oct. 18 to take on the Idaho Vandals at 3 p.m. (MT). That game can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on 98.7 FM on seen on the Internet at ESPN3.com.