NMSU Football Falls At Louisiana 47-34

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAFAYETTE, LA - The New Mexico State football team traveled to Lafayette, La. to take on Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana at Cajun Field on Saturday. In an offensive showdown on a windy Saturday evening, NM State allowed a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to fall behind and drop the contest to the Ragin’ Cajuns 47-34.

The game opened with quick scoring from both sides, beginning with a three-yard touchdown rush by Louisiana (5-5, 4-2 SBC) quarterback Jordan Davis on the team’s first drive of the game. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Jason Huntley took the kick back 97 yards to tie the game up for NM State (4-6, 2-4 SBC), 7-7, at the 10:30 mark.

NM State looked to hold Louisiana to just three points on the next drive, but a fake field goal resulted in a completed pass for a first down. The Ragin’ Cajuns then connected on a three-yard pass to get in the end zone and put the Aggies down 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Neither team could get moving on their first drives of the second quarter, but after a punt by NM State the opponent was able to capitalize. The Ragin’s Cajuns running back, Trey Ragas, took off for a 31-yard touchdown rush to put the Aggies deficit at 21-7 with 9:20 remaining in the half.

On the next drive for NM State, the offense began to get rolling when the team was able to move the chains for the first time in the contest. The series for the Aggies saw Dylan Brown come in and hit a 24-yard field goal and NM State trailed 21-10.

Louisiana answered quickly on the next drive when on the fourth play Davis took advantage of the Aggies man coverage and broke free for a 43-yard touchdown rush to put NM State down 28-10 with just 3:33 remaining.

The Aggie offense did not waiver on the next series, however, and the passing game led NM State into enemy territory. Then on a third-and-10, Tyler Rogers hit Conner Cramer to give the team a first-and-goal from two yards out. Larry Rose III then barreled into the end zone for the score to make it 28-17 in favor of the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Louisiana was then able to add to their lead before the first half ended when the Ragin’ Cajuns knocked in a 30-yard field goal to put the Aggies down 31-17 when the teams headed to the locker rooms.

The offenses continued to roll in the second half, beginning with a quick five-play, 75-yuard drive which ended with Rogers hitting Rose III on a 29-yard touchdown pass. The score brought Aggies within seven, 31-24, just 1:45 into the contest.

Louisiana responded when the next drive saw the Ragin’ Cajuns move the chains on a fourth-and-five and then drill a 28-yard field goal.

A hard hit on the Aggies next drive saw Tyler Rogers leave the game with an injury and Nick Jeanty enter as his replacement. Trailing 34-24, Jeanty led the Aggies into the red zone on a drive where Rose III took a seven-yard rush into the end zone.

The Aggie defense proceeded to hold Louisiana and force the Ragin’ Cajuns to punt for the first time in the game.

After moving the ball down the field, NM State began the fourth quarter with a second-and-goal on the Louisiana two-yard line. The Ragin’ Cajun defense kept the Aggies out of the end zone, but Brown came in and split the uprights with a 19-yard field goal to tie the game up at 34.

With 14:19 left in the game, the Louisiana offense looked to regain the lead which the Ragin’ Cajuns did on a 33-yard touchdown pass which proved to be the winning score. Trailing 41-34, the Aggies allowed one more touchdown before the clock read zero and fell to the Ragin’ Cajuns, 47-34.

New Mexico State football looks to add their fifth win this season when the team returns home to host Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. MT.

NOTABLE
- Jason Huntley’s 97-yard kickoff return touchdown was the first by an Aggie since Akeelie Mustafa with a 91-yard return at Ohio on Sept. 8, 2012.
- Dylan Brown converted on two field goal attempts, a career-high for the Aggie kicker.
- Larry Rose III tallied a season-high three total touchdowns (2 rush, 1 rec.).
- Rose III’s two rushing touchdowns moved him into second all-time (34) in program history. The running back is just three shy of tying James Pilot for the program record.