Aggie Football Falls To Texas State 37-29

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a pair of career-highs, the New Mexico State University Aggies dropped their seventh straight game Saturday, falling to the Texas State Bobcats 37-29 at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

NM State running back Larry Rose III set a new career high in rushing yards, carrying the ball for 181 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. Aggie quarterback Tyler Rogers went 36-for-52 for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Jerrel Brown had a season high 139 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. NM State leading receiver Teldrick Morgan added 70 yards and one touchdown as well.

The Aggies (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt Conference) chalked up 639 total yards of offense, with 235 on the ground and 404 through the air. Despite outpacing the Bobcats (5-3, 3-1 SBC) by 239 yards, a pair of Aggie turnovers and several missed opportunities on both ends of the field came back to hurt NM State in the end, especially in the second quarter.

“We have effort, energy and guys that can make plays but we are still a very immature football team as far as beating ourselves,” said NM State head coach Doug Martin. “We have to learn how to start better in the second half offensively—we had over 600 yards during that game which should have been about 40 points.”

The Aggies first drive ended in a three and out setting up an NM State punt. On the punt, the Aggies were accessed with a 15-yard penalty for kick interference, setting up the Bobcats at the NM State 42-yard line. Despite the opening field position, the Aggie defense held Texas State to a 36-yard field goal, putting the Bobcats up 3-0.

On the following Aggie drive Rogers connected with Brown for 86-yard touchdown pass. Brown broke a tackle and had open field in front all the way to the end zone, giving NM State the 7-3 lead after the PAT from Johnson. The 86-yard reception was the longest reception for the Aggies since Oct. 19, 2013, and was the third longest pass in Aggie history.

The Bobcats would answer with a score of their own on their second drive of the game, taking the ball 66 yards on 10 plays for the score. The drive was capped off by a 14-yard run by Robert Lowe to put the Bobcats back on top 10-7. The Bobcats drove the ball 46 yards on seven plays.

On the ensuing drive the Bobcats intercepted Rogers at midfield. Lowe coverted it to points, scoring his second touchdown of the contest on a five-yard rush up the middle, adding to the Texas State lead, 17-7.

Following the Texas State score, the Aggies again managed to drive the ball to midfield but were forced to punt on fourth down. Kelly Kingseed stepped in as the Aggies punter due to a Stephen Witkowski injury.

After the punt, a holding penalty on Texas State pushed the Bobcats to their own five-yard line. The NM State defense held the Bobcats, forcing a punt. The Aggies would start their drive at their own 42-yard line with 12:13 left in the second quarter.

After a 24-yard reception by Gregory Hogan, the Aggies would be forced to try a field goal on fourth down. Maxwell would push to 37-yard field goal attempt left, turning the ball over on downs to the Bobcats with 9:07 remaining in the half.

The ensuing Texas State drive would result in a punt to the NM State 22-yard line. The opening play of the drive saw Rose take the ball up the right side of the field for 47 yards. Again the Aggies would be forced to kick again, this time from 48-yards out. Again, Johnson missed wide left to turn the ball back to the Bobcats.

After another Texas State punt, NM State saw another big run from Rose for 24-yards, putting him over 100 yards on the day with three minutes left in the half. The drive was finished off with a two-yard pass from Rogers to Matthews and after the PAT by Maxwell, cut the Texas State lead to 17-14 with 30 seconds left in the half. After one rush lay to run out the clock, the half ended with Texas State on top 17-14 over the Aggies.

Rose finished the first half with 122 yards on 13 carries. Rogers had 52 yards and one touchdown on 8-of-13 passing and one interception. Brown led the Aggies with one reception for 86 yards and a touchdown. Morgan was targeted six times in the half for 27 yards.
Starting the second half, Texas State ended their drive after being pushed back 15-yards on a personal foul penalty, forcing the punt. NM State would not fare much better, going four and out resulting in a punt.

The following drive would see the Bobcats find the end zone, ending a seven play 47-yard drive with a 14-yard rush by Terrence Franks making the score 24-14 Texas State. The next drive would end in disaster for the Aggies, as Texas State would block the punt at the 15-yard line and run it back for a score. After a missed PAT, Texas State went ahead 30-14.

After the blocked punt, the Aggies drove up the field for 75 yards on eight plays, ending in a 13-yard rush by Rose. The rush put rose at 140 yards on the day with 6:27 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was Rose’s sixth of the season. Texas State received the kickoff up nine, 30-21.

Texas State would drive the ball in for another score on the ensuing drive, ending with a 23-yard pass to Laurence White. After a PAT, Texas State on top 37-21.

Following the Bobcat’s score, the Aggies managed to drive the ball up field, but an interception halted the drive and end the third quarter. To open the final quarter, the Texas State had a 43-yard quarterback keeper to set up great field position for the Bobcats.

Once again the Aggie defense held their ground, forcing a field goal attempt. After the field goal was no good, NM State went three and out and was forced to punt back to the Bobcats. After an unsuccessful drive by Texas State, the ball went back to the Aggies.

The ensuing drive saw Rose set a new career high in rushing with 172 yards with 9:30 left in the fourth quarter. While the Aggies would get the ball down to the Texas State five, a missed snap would push NM State back to the 17-yard line, making it 17 and goal on fourth down. An incomplete pass would turn the ball over to the Bobcats with 5:00 left.

With 2:35 left, Rogers connected with Morgan for 21-yards and a touchdown. After a two point conversion from Rogers was good, the Aggies cut the Bobcat’s lead to 37-29. After the Aggies defense forced a three and out, NM State regained possession of the ball with 53 seconds left and no timeouts.

While the Aggies would give it their all, they ultimately would fall short failing to get in the end zone. Rogers failed to connect with a receiver on a last ditch Hail Mary, ending the game 37-29 with Texas State on top.

“We have a much more talented football team than we did last year but it’s not translating into wins right now which is frustrating for all of us,” said Martin.

NM State takes on Louisiana-Lafayette next Saturday at 6 p.m. for Homecoming at Aggie Memorial Stadium.