Aggie Football Drops Season Finale At UL Monroe, 42-35

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MONROE, LA - Andrew Allen had his second 300-yard passing game of the season as the NM State football team fell 42-35 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) on Saturday night at JPS Field at Malone Stadium.

Allen completed 23-of-36 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of those passes were to Teldrick Morgan, who amassed 101 yards. Jacob Nwangwa led the NM State (3-9, 3-5 SBC) defensive efforts with nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

Earnest Carrington led the Warhawks (2-11, 1-7 SBC) as he went 5-15 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while Brian Williams completed 4-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

DeMarcus Owens grabbed his first career interception to set up the Aggies’ first touchdown of the game. Following the turnover, Larry Rose III used two carries to gain 23-yards as the visiting team took a 7-0 advantage.

NM State added to the lead with 4:08 remaining as Allen connected with Bergstrom for a 76-yard pass to cap a three-play, 83-yard drive. ULM then cut into the lead as they finished a four play, 60-yard drive with a touchdown. With 1:35 left in the first quarter, the Aggies held a 14-7 lead.

The visiting team extended the lead again after a seven-play, 73-yard drive. Rose III scored his second touchdown of the game as he dove over the pile for a one-yard score to give NM State a 21-7 lead. On the next play, the Warhawks scored again to make it a one-score game as the Aggies held on to a 21-14 advantage.

The Aggie defense stood strong with 12:58 left in the third quarter as Rodney Butler forced a fumble. Stephen Meredith grabbed his second career fumble recovery and returned it nine yards to give NM State a 28-14 lead.

After the Aggies had a turnover on downs, ULM went 11-yards in three plays to score with 9:34 left in the third quarter. Following the Warhawks’ touchdown, NM state held a 28-21 advantage. The home team then added two more touchdowns to take a 35-28 advantage with 6:21 remaining in the third quarter.

The visiting team drove 75 yards in 13 plays for the next touchdown. Allen found Bergstrom with a 10-yard pass to knot the score at 35-35 with 2:05 left in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter, ULM returned an interception for what would be the final touchdown of the game as the Warhawks captured the victory.

First Quarter
12:27: NM State – 12-yard rush by Larry Rose III (Davidson, P. XP), 2-23-00:22, NM State 7-0
4:08: NM State – 76-yard pass from Andrew Allen to Jordan Bergstrom (Davidson, P. XP), 3-83-00:55, NM State 14-0
1:35: ULM – 49-yard pass from Earnest Carrington to Marcus Green (Ford, C. XP), 4-60-2:33, NM State 14-7

Second Quarter
14:55: NM State – 1-yard rush by Larry Rose III (Davidson, P. XP), 7-73-1:40, NM State 21-7
14:34: ULM – 74-yard pass from Earnest Carrington to DeVontae McNeal (Ford, C. XP), 1-74-00:21, NM State 21-14

Third Quarter
12:58: NM State – 9-yard fumble return by Stephen Meredith (Davidson, P. XP), NM State 28-14
9:34: ULM – 11-yard pass from Brian Williams to Ajalen Holley (Ford, C. XP), 3-11-00:16, NM State 28-14
7:49: ULM – 48-yard pass from Brian Williams to Kaylon Watson (Ford, C. XP), 1-48-00:00, Tied 28-28
6:21: ULM – 32-yard pass from Brian Williams to Harley Scioneaux (Ford, C. XP), 2-34-00:46, ULM 35-28
2:05: NM State – 10-yard pass from Andrew Allen to Jordan Bergstrom (Davidson, P. XP), 13-75-4:16, Tied 35-35

Fourth Quarter
14:12: ULM – 40-yard interception return by Trey Caldwell (Ford, C. XP), ULM 42-35