Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a game that saw 97 points and over 1,000 yards of total offense, the NM State football team dropped a heartbreaking 50-47 overtime loss to Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night in Aggie Memorial Stadium.
UTEP (1-2) won the coin toss in overtime and chose to defend the first possession. After Larry Rose III rushed for nine yards, Parker Davidson made a 44-yard field goal to give NM State (0-3) a 47-44 advantage. On their drive, Miner quarterback Ryan Metz completed a six-yard pass to Cedrick Lang to give the visitors a 50-47 win.
Rose III led the Aggies' rushing efforts with 196 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. The sophomore averaged 9.8 yards per rush and had a long rush of 82 yards. Teldrick Morgan led the receivers with 151 yards and a touchdown on four catches, which included a long catch of 78 yards. Overall, Morgan collected 205 all-purpose yards and Rose III had 201 all-purpose yards.
Tyler Rogers completed 14-of-28 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Davidson kicked two field goals on the night and amassed 573 kickoff yards on nine kicks.
Defensively, Jaden Wright led NM State for the second game in a row as he racked up 15 tackles. Derek Ibekwe followed on his heels with 12 tackles, including a tackle for loss, and one forced fumble.
After Mack Leftwich was injured in the third quarter, Ryan Metz stepped in and completed 15-of-19 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Autrey Golden led the Miners with 132 all-purpose yards, and Alvin Jones had a team-high 11 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss.
NM State took an early lead over the Miners as they scored on their first drive of the game. Following two first downs, Rogers connected with Tyrian Taylor for a 26-yard pass to land the Aggies at the UTEP 23-yard line. Two plays later, Rose III scrambled four yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 11:40 left in the first quarter.
On the next drive, UTEP took the advantage with a six-play, 70-yard drive in just over three minutes. LaQuintus Dowell rushed 40-yards into the end zone as the Miners took a 7-6 lead.
On the Aggies' second drive of the game, they used a seven-play, 75-yard drive to take a 13-7 advantage with 5:51 left in the first quarter. NM State opened up the game as they rushed twice for first downs before Rogers connected with Morgan for a 49-yard gain to the UTEP 10-yard line. Two plays later, Rogers used a quarterback keeper to rush into the left side of the end zone.
UTEP punted on their second drive of the game to give the Aggies the ball at their own one-yard line. On the first snap, Rogers was called for intentional grounding to give the Miners a safety as NM State held on to a 13-9 lead with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
After the Aggie defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs, Rogers completed a 19-yard pass to Greg Hogan and a 29-yard pass to Josh Bowen. A pass interference call on the Miners in the end zone moved the ball to the 2-yard line to give NM State a first and goal. Following two penalties on the home team, Davidson made a 38-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 16-9 lead. The NM State defense then held the Miners on the final drive to take this advantage into the locker room.
The Aggies extended the lead to 23-9 as Nwanga garnered his first career interception. The sophomore stepped in front of Metz's pass and ran the ball 10 yards into the end zone with 7:46 left in the third quarter.
The Miners then scored their first touchdown since the first quarter as Darrin Laufasn ran for a 66-yard touchdown to leave the Aggies with a 23-16 lead. NM State extended their advantage two plays later. Following a 77-yard pass from Rogers to Morgan, the junior quarterback connected with Hogan for an 8-yard touchdown to give NM State a 30-16 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
UTEP's Metz connected with Golden for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The Miners scored again as Jaquan White returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown to knot the score at 30-30.
The Aggies pulled ahead with 9:34 left in the game. Rose III rushed down the left side of the field for 82 yards to the UTEP 13. Rogers then found Taylor in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass. After the NM State defense forced another Miner three-and-out, Rose collected a 27-yard rush before Rogers connected with Morgan to give NM State a 44-30 lead with 4:07 left in the game.
UTEP then drove down the field as they used three plays and 75 yards in less than a minute to make it a one-score game. The next drive resulted in a punt for NM State, and the Miners drove 98 yards in eight plays to tie the game with 42 seconds remaining.
NM State gained two first downs on the next drive, but UTEP forced three incomplete passes as time expired to force overtime before capturing the victory.
Following a week off, NM State will take the field again on Oct. 3 as they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face Rio Grande Rival New Mexico at 6 p.m. MT on ROOT Sports.
11:40: NM State – 4-yard rush by Larry Rose III (Davidson, P. kick failed), 7-75-3:20, NM State 7-0
8:38: UTEP –40-yard rush by LaQuintus Dowell (Mattox, J. XP), 6-90-3:03, UTEP 7-6
5:51: NM State – 10-yard rush by Tyler Rogers (Davidson, P. XP), 7-75-2:47, NM State 13-7
1:45: NM State – UTEP – Team safety, NM State 13-9
3:12: NM State – Davidson, Parker 38-yard field goal, 6-55-3:05, NM State 16-9
7:46: NM State – 41-yard interception by Jacob Nwanga (Davidson, P. XP), NM State 23-9
6:11: UTEP – 66-yard rush Darrin Laufasn (Simpson, G. XP), 3-75-1:15, NM State 23-16
5:29: NM State – 8-yard pass from Tyler Rogers to Greg Hogan (Davidson, P. XP), 2-86-00:42, NM State 30-16
14:54: UTEP – 26-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Autrey Golden (Mattox, J. XP), 12-75-5:35, NM State 30-23
13:28: UTEP – 64-yard punt return by Jaquan White (Mattox, J. XP), Tied 30-30
9:34: NM State – 13-yard pass from Tyler Rogers to Tyrian Taylor (Davidson, P. XP), 2-95-00:42, NM State 37-30
4:07: NM State – 19-yard pass from Tyler Rogers to Teldrick Morgan (Davidson, P. XP), 7-82-3:28, NM State 44-30
3:08: UTEP – 48-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Cole Freytag (Mattox, J. XP), 8-98-1:19, NM State 44-37
00:42: UTEP – 8-yard run by Ryan Metz (Mattox, J. XP), 8-98-1:19, Tied 44-44
15:00: NM State – 44-yard field goal by Parker Davidson, 4-9-00:00, NM State 47-44
15:00: UTEP – 6-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Cedrick Lang, 5-25-00:00, UTEP 50-47