NMSU Football Picks Up First Win Of The Season With 41-28 Win Over Incarnate Word

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies exploded for over 600 total yards of offense, including a season-best 295 yards of rushing, storming to 41-28 win against UIW Saturday afternoon at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The two-headed monster of senior halfbacks Jason Huntley and Christian Gibson combined for over 200 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Huntley rushed for a career-high 174 yards and a score, while Gibson gained 115 yards of rushing and punched in his first touchdown of the season.

Huntley and Gibson are the first pair of NM State running backs to both total 100 or more rushing yards in a contest since Larry Rose III (170) and Conner Cramer (110) did so at South Alabama in 2016.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Adkins played yet another mistake-free game, completing 28-of-38 pass attempts for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He linked up with graduate transfer wideout Tony Nicholson twice in the end zone for first-quarter scores.

Redshirt senior wide receiver OJ Clark, meanwhile, made an impact when he had the football in his hands. The native of Wichita Falls, Texas, who has the third-most receptions in program history, hauled in five passes for 47 yards and returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown.

NM State's defense tallied a season-best 6.0 sacks and forced two turnovers, both courtesy of senior defensive back Jared Phipps. The native of Arlington, Texas, intercepted two passes in the ballgame.

HC Doug Martin
On the win
"I'm just really happy for our players and our staff to get that first win. It was a great celebration in that locker room. Those kids have earned it. They've been a hard luck group, but their work ethic has been great. Their attitude's been great. They practice hard every week, including this week. It was a couple of the best practices we've had. They've kept fighting, and they gave themselves a chance."

On next week's home game against UTEP
"Getting that win was a huge accomplishment for [our players] Hopefully, they'll be ready to move forward to next week playing a tough UTEP team and a rival. We'll see if we can hang on to that trophy. That's going to be our bowl game."

The Aggies' final home game of the season is next weekend. NM State hosts rival UTEP on Senior Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.