The Daily Aggie :: 10/09/10

It's finally gameday! The battle of I-25. You often hear coaches and players say that you can throw the records out when playing a rivalry game. We're sure that both teams would love to do that. At a combined 0-9 on the season both teams are desperate for a victory. Both teams are desperate for anything positive. The Aggies and Lobos have nearly identical statistical rankings, unfortunately they're all at the wrong end of the spectrum.

The Aggies and Lobos are both likely to start their backup quarterbacks today. That gives a slight edge to the Lobos because their backup quarterback, Tarean Austin, started last week while the Aggies' backup quarterback, Tanner Rust, was forced into emergency duty midway through last week's contest.

Neither defense has been particularly good either, however, the Lobos do have one thing the Aggies don't on defense, takeaways and sacks. The Aggies are hoping to change both of those today and it will be absolutely critical for a victory for the Aggies that they pressure the quarterback (whomever that may be) and force turnovers.

Special teams will be another area that could determine the outcome game. Both teams have a strong kick-off return game. Taveon Rogers has been one of the lone bright spots the past two games for the Aggies. He set a school record against Kanasas for kickoff return yardage and had a strong showing last week against Boise State. Last week against UTEP the Lobos got a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from freshman Myles Daughtry and they also blocked a field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown.

With the way the Aggie and Lobo offenses have struggled, the punters could see a lot of action today. If that's the case, field position will be huge. The Aggies will be relying on true freshman punter Jake Capraro for the second straight week. He's averaging 37.1 yards per punt but knocked two of his nine punts inside the 20 last weekend against the Broncos. The Lobos' punter Ben Skaer is averaging 41.9 yards per punt on the season.

As we mentioned at the start of the week, this is just the seventh time that the two teams have met with both teams winless. We also noted that five of those six games were determined by a touchdown or less. We expect nothing different tonight. Despite the struggles of both teams, this should be a close game and should be another classic like last season.

The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN3.com and ESPN Game Plan. You can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network while streaming audio and video will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Finally, if you think that Lobo fans have given up on their team and aren't excited for tonight's game. Think again. This video should get you ultra-motivated to get out to Aggie Memorial Stadium tonight to support the Aggies.

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Aggie Soccer Falls 6-0 On The Road To Boise State

The Aggie soccer team suffered a 6-0 loss to Boise State on Friday afternoon as the team continued WAC play on the road. "I thought they did a great job of putting us under pressure and putting our backs under pressure," said head coach Michael Needham after the game. "They scored some pretty good goals."

The Broncos got on the board in the 11th minute as Shannon Braxton scored her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Cheyenne Jones to put the Broncos up 1-0. The Broncos would go up 2-0 in the 27th minute as Cheyenne Jones would find the back of the net for her first goal of the season off an assist by Ashley Walsh. The Broncos would cap the first half scoring on a goal by Lauren Hickok off an assist from Kati Lucas to put the Broncos up 3-0 in the 43rd minute.

The Aggies inserted true freshman Erin Wosick into the goal at halftime to get some experience in conference play. "It's big for Erin," said Coach Needham. "Erin deserves to play. It wasn't a situation where we gave a kid minutes because of where we were at. It was an opportunity to get her on." He added, "She made a couple good saves. Her distribution was good, her punts were good, her goal kicks were good. Her position was off a little but that comes with a little bit of rust from not playing in that many games. I thought it was definitely good to get her on."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Lobo Q&A With The Daily Lobo's Ryan Tomari

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The 101st renewal of the Battle of I-25 may not be the sexiest matchup of the season in college football this season but as The Daily Lobo Sports Editor Ryan Tomari succinctly put it, "It's still Lobos and Aggies," and it's still the biggest football game in the state of New Mexico. We've enlisted the help of Ryan to help Aggie fans get to know the Lobo football team a little better before the game on Saturday.

The Lobos and Aggies are a combined 0-9 heading into Saturday's rivalry game in Las Cruces, given the tough start for both teams, what is the mood in Albuquerque surrounding this game?
The mood in Albuquerque: When does basketball season start? The fact that head coach Mike Locksley has posted back-to-back 0-5 records isn’t sitting well with a majority of UNM boosters and fans. Not to mention, he is 0-1 against the Aggies. Another Locksley loss to NMSU on Saturday could be unhealthy for Lobo faithful.

With the two schools being separated by just a three hour drive, are Lobo fans planning to make the trek to Las Cruces this year or are they planning to sit this meeting out because of UNM's 0-5 record?
It’s still Lobos and Aggies. Lobo fans will make the short drive down south and cheer on UNM, especially students at UNM.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/08/10

The Aggie volleyball team won their 17th straight match over the San Jose State Spartans last night and they did so rather convincingly winning 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. The Aggies improve to 3-1 in league play and 9-9 overall.

Kayleigh Giddens had a match-high 20 kills and the Aggies played solid defense. Unfortunately there is no box score available so we can't provide you with any statistics from last night's match. However, through the first two sets, the Aggies were hitting an efficient .349 (31 kills on 63 attempts with just nine hitting errors) and holding the Spartans to a .016 hitting percentage (13 kills on 63 attempts but 12 attack errors).

The Aggies head to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs swept Louisiana Tech on Thursday night keeping themselves in the thick of things in the middle of the pack. Louisiana Tech is now 0-4 in league play and if things don't turn around quickly for them in conference play, they'll be sitting at home while six other teams are in Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament. There is still a logjam in the middle of the league with Idaho (3-3), Utah State (2-2), Boise State (2-3), Fresno State (2-3) and San Jose State (2-4) all within a couple of losses of each other. Hawai'i is 4-0 while the Aggies and Wolf Pack are 3-1 with the losses coming at the hands of Hawai'i (Nevada's in Honolulu, the Aggies' in Las Cruces).

The Aggie soccer team looks to get back on the good side of the ledger today as they take on Boise State at 4:00 p.m. MT. The Aggies are looking for their first points in the 2010 conference season after losing to Nevada 1-0 in double-overtime on the road and 3-0 to preseason favorite Utah State at home. The Aggies' opponents this week, Boise State and Idaho, are each 1-0 on the season.

The Broncos have scored 15 goals this season while allowing 14. Today's match, surprisingly will mark just the second home match of the season for the Broncos. They're 1-0-0 so far in home matches and 4-7-1 overall. Two-thirds of their goals (10) have come in the first half. While the Aggies have only allowed 11 goals all season, they have struggle just a little bit at times giving up early goals and teams have scored five goals against the Aggies in the first half.

BSU is led by Katy Oehring and Shannon Saxton in the goal scoring department. Each have scored three goals for the Broncos while Saxton has also added three assists.

Today's match is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. MT start time and Live Stats will be available via the Broncos' athletic website.

Finally, some interesting news out of Albuquerque prior to tomorrow's rivalry game. The Lobo band will not be making the 225 mile trip to Las Cruces this year and the band members are not too thrilled about it either.

A report by KRQE in Albuquerque states that the cost of the trip is approximately $8,000 and a private fundraising effort netted just $65.

Spirit Band Drum Major Kristina Austell told KRQE, "It's the only away game we get to go to all season and we can’t go. It’s a big game, it’s the rivalry game. And you just don’t get that kind of excitement from other games."

Tough economic times all around for the New Mexico universities.

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Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary :: October 8th, 2010

Ellen MiksHello Aggie volleyball fans! We are in OCTOBER! The leaves are starting to fall, the colors are changing, and most noticeable change in Las Cruces is it’s getting windier! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year not only because of the weather but also because we are strictly in conference now!

We are in CALIFORNIA right now… we just played San Jose State and we head off to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs. We had a few awesome fans at our San Jose game; Madison Hardy’s family came to support us as well as Mike Crews! It was great to meet her family, especially her two nephews. They were adorable! It was also great to see Cruzer again… the last time we saw him was at camp in the summer!

Only a few more road trips left… and only six more home games! I feel like we haven’t played nearly enough games in front of our home crowd. We will just have to make the most of what we have left!

So an update on Steph’s leg… She says that she may be out of the boot relatively soon! Hopefully by next week she will be walking without the boot on! She is making a great recovery, and we can’t wait until she is back 100%!

That is all for now, but I hope you are enjoying the season as much as we are! Until next time… GOOOOOOOOO AGGIES!  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/07/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on your last meet the Paul Short Invitational?
Paul Harkins: It was definitely good to get that kind of experience running in that type of crowd and that type of environment. We as coaches know we definitely left something on the table out there and we know we're capable of a lot more than the results showed. It was a good first experience to go down to sea level but we know we're capable of so much more and the kids have a lot more potential than what they showed out there.

bc.net: Your thoughts on the performances of your men's and women's teams?
PH: The guys did a solid job of maintaining their nice, close tight pack. There were only 17 seconds from one to five which is very very good. They actually had the best spread out of anybody in the field, we were just a little too far back. But, they were a little concerned running at sea level, it's a little bit different feeling and because of that you have to push yourself a little bit harder and I think they settled a little bit too much in the middle of the race. They closed hard and were getting a lot of the guys at the end but I think they settled a little bit too much in the middle and didn't realize how hard they could push given that they were running at sea level.

When they start breathing as hard as they do at altitude, at altitude once you start breathing hard you know the end is near and at sea level it's a whole different ballgame. You can breathe hard for a lot longer and still maintain your effort and your speed.

On the girls' side it was good to have Courtney back. She's showing no ill effects from the hamstring twinge from a while ago. Her and Camille both ran solid for us up front. I think they were capable of more as well. Same thing as the men, I think they settle a little bit in the middle of the race and didn't push quite as hard as they could have just because there's that fear of dying when you're running at sea level and you start breathing harder early and I think in general that's what our teams did.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Cruises To Road Sweep Of San Jose State

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team used a dominating performance by Kayleigh Giddens who finished with a match-high 20 kills to cruise to their 17th consecutive victory over the Spartans and improve to 3-1 in the WAC and 9-9 overall. The Aggies easily won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14 and held off the Spartans 25-20 in the third set for the sweep.

The Aggies trailed early in set one 5-3 but turned on the afterburners tying the set at 7-7 and winning seven of the next six of the next seven points to take a 13-8 lead. After a Kayleigh Giddens attack was blocked by San Jose State's Sarah McAtee and Alex Akana to cut the Aggies' lead to 15-10, New Mexico State would go on a 7-0 run fueled by Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods behind tough serving by setter Jennah DeVries.

Giddens would record two kills and a solo block while Woods would get a kill and a block along with freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. DeVries' strong service was highlighted with a service ace during the run. The Aggies would finish off the set winning 25-13 when SJSU's Caitlin Andre committed a service error.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Fans Showing Strong Support For Aggie Football

It's no secret that the two biggest games every year for Aggie football fans are the rivalry games against I-10 rival UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico and are generally the highest attended games each season. The games are so important for many fans that often times other big matchups are often not as well attended by Aggie fans.

With the football team off to a rough start in 2010, Aggie fans have still come out strong to support their team and that reflected in the final numbers from this past Saturday's game against No. 3 Boise State, the highest ranked opponent to ever visit Aggie Memorial Stadium.

In fact, the Aggies set a single-game record for gross sales for a non-rivalry game purchasing 7,109 single-game tickets (excludes season tickets) for a total gross revenue of $104,569, nearly double amount of the highest grossing game from the 2009 season. The 7,109 tickets purchased is second only to the 9,363 tickets that were sold when the Pac-10's Oregon State visited Aggie Memorial Stadium in 2001.

A total of 19,661 fans saw the Aggies and Broncos square off on Saturday evening.

"I think it's been great," said head football coach DeWayne Walker when asked about the fan support this season. "I think the San Diego State, our first game, there was great support. This last game, it was great support. From that standpoint I think our fanbase has picked it up."

The Aggies host in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday and the Aggie football team is hoping for another strong showing from the Aggie fanbase. "I'm sure this game we'll have great support," said Coach Walker.

The Aggies and Lobos kick off at 6:00 p.m. MT at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Tickets can be purchased the at NM State Ticket office or by calling (575) 646-1420.

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