NMSU Football Falls At Arkansas 42-24

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The New Mexico State football team began its three-game road stint with a match-up in Fayetteville, Ark. against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. After going down early, the Aggies continued to fight before falling to the Razorbacks, 42-24.

Head coach Doug Martin had this to say following the tough match-up against Arkansas, "I am proud of how our team fought today against a really good Arkansas team. We were able to move the ball well through the air and compete with a strong SEC opponent."

NM State (2-3, 0-1 Sun Belt) allowed a quick score on the first drive of the game when Arkansas (2-2, 0-1 SEC) connected on a pass to the flat which turned into a 38-yard score for the Razorbacks to put the Aggies down 7-0 just 3:59 into the contest.

After punting on their first drive of the day, NM State came back and started to gain momentum when DeMarcus Owens intercepted an Austin Allen pass at the NM State nine-yard line. The team proceeded to march down the field into the red zone, but Arkansas kept NM State off the board with an interception in the end zone.

The Razorbacks then moved the ball 80 yards down the field on a drive which culminated with a two-yard touchdown rush putting the Aggies deficit at 14-0 to end the first quarter.

After a four-and-out on the Aggies first drive of the second quarter, Arkansas took the field and added to their lead. On third-and-11 the Razorbacks went deep and connected on a 31-yard pass which put NM State behind 21-0 at the 8:38 mark.

NM State took over on its next drive and moved the ball into enemy territory in short order. On third-and-six, Tyler Rogers hit Conner Cramer for a 20-yard reception all the way to the Arkansas one-yard line. A quarterback keeper on the next play got the Aggies into the end zone for their first score of the game and put their deficit at 21-7.

Arkansas continued to move the ball on offense as the Razorbacks completed the next drive of the game with a two-yard rush for a touchdown making the score 28-7 with 1:34 left in the first half. NM State answered with efficient passing down field before Dylan Brown hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cut into the Razorbacks lead, 28-10, heading to the locker room.

The Aggies came out in the second half and made quick work on their first drive that ended with Rogers hitting O.J. Clark for a nine-yard touchdown pass, which cut the Arkansas lead to 28-17 just 3:39 into the third quarter.

Arkansas' offense did not let up, however, as they continued to move the ball down field. A defensive pass interference on third-and-goal gave the Razorbacks a new set of downs, which they converted to put the Aggies down 35-17.

The scoring did not stop there for the opponent with Arkansas forcing a fumble on the kickoff to take over at the NM State 21-yard line. The Razorbacks then moved the ball all the way to the NM State one-yard line before recording its sixth score of the afternoon.

Trailing 42-17 with 14:54 remaining in the game, NM State looked to cut into the Arkansas lead. The Aggies moved the ball through the air effectively against the Arkansas defense as Rogers orchestrated a six-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 36-yard dart to Jaleel Scott across the middle to make it 42-24. That score stood final with neither team scoring the remaining 12:47 minutes of play.

NM State remains on the road and resumes Sun Belt Conference play with a trip to Boone, N.C. against Appalachian State on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. MT on ESPN3.

NOTABLE
- On his second rush of the game, Larry Rose III became just the second Aggie to have over 4,000 career rushing yards (4,015).
- Jaleel Scott set a career-high in receptions (9) and receiving yards (174).
- Tyler Rogers moved into second all-time in career passing touchdowns for the Aggies (56)
- Scott became just the fourth NM State receiver since 2013 with 100+ yards in two games (Tyrian Taylor - 2016, Teldrick Morgan – 2014 and Austin Franklin – 2013).
- Shamad Lomax tied a career-high with 11 tackles.
- Ron LaForce had a career-high 16 tackles.
- This was the first time this season the Aggie defense recorded zero sacks.