Aggie Football Drops Final Home Game To Arkansas State, 52-28

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Jordan Bergstrom had a career-high in both receiving yards and touchdowns as the NM State football team fell 52-28 to Arkansas State on Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium. Prior to the game, Bergstrom and the other seniors were honored for Senior Day.

Bergstrom amassed 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just four catches to lead the NM State (3-8, 3-4 SBC) offense. Larry Rose III racked up 106 rushing yards on 15 carries. This was his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Andrew Allen completed 13-of-24 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while Nick Jeanty was 13-of-17 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Nwangwa led the defense with 10 tackles.

Fredi Knighten was 23-of-42 for 367 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Wolves (8-3, 7-0 SBC).

The Aggies took an early 7-0 lead with a touchdown on the first drive. On third and 15, Allen found Gregory Hogan for a 21-yard pass to the Arkansas State 49-yard line for a first down. Allen then connected with Bergstrom on a 46-yard pass in the end zone to give the home team the advantage with 12:01 left in the first quarter.

The Red Wolves took a 21-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. First, Knighten completed a pass to Dijon Paschal in the end zone to knot the score. Knighten then used a quarterback keeper for a five-yard touchdown and the lead before Arkansas State recovered a fumble and scored on the next play to increase the advantage with 00:07 left in the first quarter.

The Aggies began the second quarter with their second touchdown of the game. A 15-yard pass from Allen to Bergstrom gave NM State the ball on the Arkansas State 27-yard line, and a personal foul penalty on the Red Wolves moved the ball to the ASU 12-yard line. Bergstrom then caught his second touchdown of the game, this time a 12-yard pass from Allen.

After ASU increased the advantage to 42-14 in the third quarter, NM State took one play to cut into the lead. Allen completed his third touchdown pass of the evening, and second touchdown pass of over 50 yards, as he found Greg Hogan on a 60-yard pass with 8:52 left in the third quarter.

The Red Wolves added two touchdowns and a field goal. Nick Jeanty then threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Teldrick Morgan with 2:11 left in the game.

The Aggies take the field again for the season finale next Saturday as they travel to Monroe, La. for a 1 p.m. MT kickoff against ULM. The game will air on ESPN3 and will be broadcast on AM 570.

First Quarter
12:01: NM State – 46-yard pass from Andrew Allen to Jordan Bergstrom (Davidson, P. XP), 8-75-2:59, NM State 7-0
11:28: Arkansas State – 75-yard pass from Fredi Knighten to Dijon Paschal (Houston, J. XP), 2-75-00:33, Tied 7-7
3:27: Arkansas State – 5-yard run by Fredi Knighten (White, D. XP), 18-83-6:08, Arkansas State 14-7
00:44: Arkansas State – 18-yard run by Jordan White (Houston, J. XP), 1-18-00:07, Arkansas State 21-7

Second Quarter
13:19: NM State – 12-yard pass from Andrew Allen to Jordan Bergstrom (Davidson, P. XP), 10-75-2:25, Arkansas State 21-14
8:49: Arkansas State – 2-yard run by Michael Gordon (Houston, J. XP), 13-75-4:30, Arkansas State 28-7
4:16: Arkansas State – 73-yard punt return by Taylor Blaise (Ferguson, L. XP), Arkansas State 35-14

Third Quarter
11:50: Arkansas State – 57-yard pass from Fredi Knighten to Tres Houston (Houston, J. XP), 3-67-1:07, Arkansas State 42-14
11:33: NM State – 60-yard pass from Andrew Allen to Gregory Hogan (Davidson, P. XP), 1-60-00:10, Arkansas State 42-21
8:52: Arkansas State – 34-yard field goal by J.D. Houston, 9-58-2:41, Arkansas State 45-21

Fourth Quarter
8:41: Arkansas State – 66-yard interception return by Quanterio Heath (Houston, J. XP), Arkansas State 52-21
2:11: NM State – 17-yard pass from Nick Jeanty to Teldrick Morgan (Davidson, P. XP), 2-54-00:21, Arkansas State 52-28