The Daily Aggie :: 10/04/10

It's Tough Enough To Wear Pink week for New Mexico State and it all culminates on Saturday with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink football game which also happens to the Rio Grande Rivalry game with New Mexico.

The teams are 0-9 combined heading into the game and as we chronicled yesterday, it's the worst combined record for the two teams in the 101 year history of the rivalry.

Both teams are banged up at quarterback, we're not even sure who the starter will be for New Mexico this week. The Aggies are in a similar predicament at the quarterback position after starter Matt Christian left Saturday's game late in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. We've heard reports that Christian is likely out this week. That leaves the Aggies with redshirt freshman Tanner Rust taking the snaps. Coach Walker said in his postgame radio interview after the game that if Rust was the starter this week that they would obviously have to look at simplifying the offensive game plan for him.

Even if Christian is able to play, the chances of him being at 100 percent are pretty slim and a shoulder injury could limit the Aggies' playcalling (perhaps limiting their use of the deep ball). We should get official word on Christian's status for the game tomorrow in the weekly media conference.

The Aggie volleyball team bounced back from their 3-0 sweep at the hands of Hawai'i with a better performance against Arizona. The Aggies won the first set 25-20, hung tough in the second set before falling 25-23 and then lost the next two 25-16 and 25-17.

After posting no blocks against the Wahine, the Aggies had 10 blocks against Arizona. The Aggies will hit the road to take on San Jose State on Thursday night and then Fresno State on Friday afternoon. The Spartans stunned Utah State 3-1 on Saturday night in Logan. The Spartans are now 2-2 in league play. The Spartans lost to Boise State in five sets and defeated Idaho in five sets and got swept by Nevada.

The Aggie soccer team was shut out by Utah State at home yesterday to fall to 0-2-0 in league play. Utah State was picked to win the regular season title and is now well on their way after going on the road and getting six points this weekend with wins over Louisiana Tech and the Aggies.

The Aggies will take their first road trip to Idaho as they'll face Idaho on Friday afternoon and Boise State on Sunday afternoon.

It'll be important for the Aggies to get some points out of this weekend as they try to qualify for the WAC tournament.

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NM State vs. Arizona Match Photos

NM State vs. Arizona Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Arizona

Jennah DeVriesThe Aggie volleyball team played even with visiting Arizona through the first two sets before running out of steam and falling in four sets 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 17-25. The Aggies were led by a team high 16 kills from outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies held Arizona outside hitter Tiffany Owens to a .280 hitting percentage as Owens finished with 20 kills on 50 swings with six attack errors.

Arizona jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the Aggies but the Aggies would hang tough with the Cats and claimed their first lead of the set at 11-10. With the set tied 11-11, the Aggies would get kills by Whitney Woods and Amanda Tonga along with an attack error by Arizona's Cursty Jackson to jump to a three point lead at 14-11. The Aggies would extend their lead to four at 18-14 after a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would still lead by four at 22-18 after another kill by Kelsey Brennan and would close out the set at 25-20 on an attack error by Arizona's Whitney Dosty.

The second set saw Arizona again jump out to a 3-1 lead early. The Aggies would trail by three points at 12-9 after a service ace by Courtney Karst. The Aggies would trim the Arizona lead to one at 13-12 on an attack error by Arizona's Paige Webber and would tie the set at 15-15 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. Arizona would go on a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead in the set forcing an Aggie timeout. Out of the timeout Arizona's Cursty Jackson would get a kill putting the Aggies down 21-16 and forcing another timeout by the Aggies. The Aggies would respond and trim the Arizona lead to just one at 22-21 on three consecutive kills from Desiree Scott, Amanda Tonga and Kayleigh Giddens. A kill from Tiffany Owens would give Arizona a 23-21 lead but the Aggies would respond with a kill by Whitney Woods to cut the lead back to one at 23-22. After a service error by Rocio Gutierrez gave the Wildcats a 24-22 lead, Amanda Tonga and Kelsey Brennan combined to block a Whitney Dosty attack cutting the lead back to one at 24-23. However, the Wildcats would close the set out on a kill from Tiffany Owens to take the set 25-23 tying the match at one set apiece.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

Aggie Soccer Falls 3-0 To Utah State

Dani De La VinaThe Aggie soccer team lost its conference home opener falling 3-0 to preseason favorite Utah State on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies drop to 6-4-2 overall and 0-2-0 in league play after the first weekend.

Utah State's Kendra Pemberton put the visiting Aggies up 1-0 in the 16th minute. Neither team would score in the remainder of the half as New Mexico State was outshot 8-2.

Utah State would add to their total in the 55th minute as Katie Crosland snuck a ball past Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner to put USU ahead 2-0.

The Aggies would still trail by two goals when Utah State's Lauren Hansen would score in the 90th minute on an assist from Shantel Flanary to make the margin 3-0.

The Aggies recorded five shots in the second half but could not find the back of the net and they finished the match with seven shots while Utah State had 15. Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner was credited with six saves on the afternoon while USU goal keeper Molli Merrill had one.

The Aggies head on the road as they continue WAC play in the state of Idaho where they'll face Boise State on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT and Idaho on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/03/10

Last night's game went pretty much as expected as the Broncos easily overpowered the Aggies. We posed several questions in yesterday's Daily Aggie regarding the game outside of the outcome. Will the offense finally be able to put together a consistent performance? The answer was no, though it certainly did not help to lose starting quarterback Matt Christian in the second quarter, though, even had Christian not been injured, we may have seen Tanner Rust anyway just so he could have gotten some live action. As it turned out, Rust played the entire second half.

Will the offensive line keep its sackless streak going? The answer was no, however, they did only give up one sack but it was a costly one that resulted in a fumble by Matt Christian that the Broncos turned into seven points.

Will the defensive line be able to end its own sackless streak? Again, no. The Aggies got a little pressure on Kellen Moore once or twice but never really came close to sacking him.

Will the defense force a Bronco turnover? This was a no, but Donyae Coleman came close, batting down a pass in the first quarter that he might have been able to intercept.

Can the Aggies do what they have yet to be able to do this season and start well coming out of the second half? Again, the answer to this one was no but with a redshirt freshman quarterback who had seen zero playing time as a quarterback at the Division I level, the Aggies get a pass on this one.

The big question surrounding Saturday's rivalry game with New Mexico is whether or not the Aggies will have the services of Matt Christian and even if they do, will he be even close to 100 percent? If the sideline report from last night on Christian's injury turns out to be true, we don't expect to see Christian next week (and possibly longer) but we'll have to wait for official word from the Aggies this week.

We did some digging into the record books and Saturday's meeting between the Aggies and Lobos will mark just the seventh time in 101 meetings that the two teams will enter the game both winless. Interestingly enough, all of the occurrences have come since 1985. Now, four of the previous six times (1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989) have come when the two teams were each 0-1 which almost doesn't count. In 1991 when the two teams met, UNM was 0-4 and the Aggies were 0-2. In the 2000 meeting the Lobos were 0-3 while the Aggies were 0-1. This will mark the worst combined record, 0-9, when the two teams have met. The worst record by either team entering the rivalry tilt is when the Lobos were 0-8 heading into the game in 1968.

The good news for fans of both sides is that the games when both teams have been winless have turned out to be very competitive with five of the six determined by a touchdown or less. The bad news for Aggie fans is that UNM is 5-1 in those six meetings.

Here is the list of games with the year, record, outcome and location of the previous six meetings:
1985: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 34, NMSU 27 (Las Cruces)
1987: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - NMSU 17, UNM 14 (Las Cruces)
1988: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 36, NMSU 34 (Las Cruces)
1989: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 45, NMSU 13 (Albuquerque)
1991: UNM 0-4, NMSU 0-2 - UNM 17, NMSU 10 (Albuquerque)
2000: UNM 0-3, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 16, NMSU 13 (Las Cruces)

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Aggie Football Shut Out By No. 3 Boise State, 59-0

The Aggie football team lost 59-0 to No. 3 Boise State and lost starting quarterback Matt Christian to a shoulder injury late in the second quarter. The Aggie defense gave up a season high 608 yards as they suffered the largest defeat under DeWayne Walker. The loss also marks just the second time the Aggies have been shut out under DeWayne Walker. The Aggies committed three turnovers in the first quarter as the Broncos jumped to a 24-0 lead. "We were not a good [enough] football team to start a game off like that against Boise State," said head coach DeWayne Walker after the game. "That started the bleeding and it just continued to bleed so that was pretty unfortunate tonight."

The Aggies won the coin toss and elected to take the ball to start the game. On the first play from scrimmage, junior quarterback Matt Christian aired out a deep pass that was intended for wide receiver Marcus Allen. The ball fell just out of the reach of Allen but the playcalling showed that the Aggies weren't afraid to go after the Broncos. Unfortunately for the Aggies they would go three and out and be forced to punt.

The Broncos took over at their own 33 yard line and put together a seven play 67 yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Mike Coughlin who faked a handoff and ran down the right sideline for the touchdown. The extra point gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. The Aggies started their second drive on their own 16 yard line. After a 13-yard completion from Christian to tight end Kyle Nelson for a first down, Christian was intercepted by Bronco defensive lineman Ryan Winterswyk after Christian's pass screen pass was batted up in the air by Bronco defensive lineman Shea McClellin. The Broncos would take over on the Aggies' 25 yard line and four Doug Martin runs and an extra point later the Broncos would lead 14-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Joon Lee Wins William H. Tucker Invitational; Aggies Finish Fourth

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior Joon Lee tied for first place at the William H. Tucker Invitational on Saturday afternoon, firing a final round score of 5-under par, 67. He finished the tournament at 4-under par, 212. The Aggies placed fourth as a team, recording the only under par team score in the final round of play. NM State finished 14-over par, 878 for the tournament.

“It was a whole team effort today,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “We are capable of shooting these types of scores and 5-under par with the way the course was set up today is outstanding. If we can put together more days likes this we will win some tournaments. Joon, Tim (Madigan) and (Justin) Shin all played great golf today. Joon is a great player and managed the course to perfection today.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/02/10

It's gameday! The Aggies and Broncos square off today at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Broncos are clearly the better team, that's no disrespect to the Aggies, Boise State is the No. 3 ranked team in the country for a reason. The question is, how will the Aggies respond to that? There are many subplots for the Aggies in this game just beyond the final score and whether or not they can upset the Broncos. Will the offense finally be able to put together a consistent performance? Will the offensive line keep its sackless streak going? Will the defensive line be able to end its own sackless streak? Will the defense force a Bronco turnover? Can the Aggies do what they have yet to be able to do this season and start well coming out of the second half?

Those are all questions that will be answered today. Some of them might be unrealistic considering the opponent but for Coach Walker and the staff, it's all about execution and seeing improvements in that area. With better execution the Aggies will be able to answer yes to many of those questions (maybe not all of them and maybe not even today).

The game will be televised by AggieVision as well as the WAC Sports Network. The game will be available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Game Plan. Those who prefer listening can do so on the Aggie Sports Network as well as via streaming audio through Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Nevada last night 2-1 in double overtime. The soccer time, like many of the other Aggie sports, are quickly learning to dislike the Wolf Pack. The Aggies and Pack have met three times in two seasons, twice in the regular season and once in the WAC Tournament. Nevada has won all three matches by one goal each time. Twice in double-overtime, one of those spoiling the Aggies' inaugural Senior Night. The other loss eliminated the Aggies from the WAC tournament and ended their season.

Sadly, the rivalries that all Aggie sports share with Nevada will come to a close either at the end of the 2010-2011 season (if you believe Nevada) or the 2011-2012 season (if you believe Commissioner Benson). Either way it's a big blow to both fanbases who have seen many exciting battles on the gridiron (the Aggies' upset of Nevada in 2007), the volleyball court (who can forget the epic fifth set comeback in Las Cruces in 2007), on the diamond for both baseball and softball (last year's crazy comeback for a tie by the Aggie baseball team), on the basketball court on both the men's and women's side (WAC Tournament meetings anyone?) and now on the pitch.

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Aggie Soccer Drops 2-1 Double Overtime Heartbreaker At Nevada

Kristen PowersThe Aggie soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime to Nevada as the two teams opened up WAC play. The Aggies fall to 6-3-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in league play with all three losses coming by one goal and two coming in extra minutes. "Playing your first conference game on the road is tough, it's definitely a tough environment at Nevada," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "Our kids responded pretty well, they worked hard. We didn't play our best soccer of the year but it was a good effort."

The Aggies and Wolf Pack played 84 scoreless minutes before the Wolf Pack's Erin Smith scored at the 85:04 mark of the match off an assist from Kesia Broome putting Nevada up 1-0. The Aggies answered just 47 seconds later after the Aggies earned a corner kick. Baili Foutz sent the corner kick in and Kristen Powers delivered her second goal of the season.

"That shows a lot of resolve on our part," said Coach Needham. "We definitely did a nice job. We took the kickoff, ended up earning a corner off it, played a good corner to the back post and Kristen Powers got on the end of it and scored a good goal."  Continue Reading This Post >>