Football Game Recaps

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NMSU Football Drops Home Opener 31-10 To San Diego State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggie offense, led by the arm of redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Adkins and the hands of graduate transfer wideout Tony Nicholson, hit its stride in the second half, but it was too little too late.

Plagued by turnovers and silenced by the Aztec defense throughout the first half, NM State finally found its way in third quarter, cutting its deficit to two scores in the frame’s final minute. The Aggies (0-3) would not get any closer, however, falling 31-10 to San Diego State (3-0) Saturday night in the home opener inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Adkins, the Aggie signal caller, accompanied his 299 total yards of passing with a 35-yard touchdown toss, linking up with junior wide receiver Robert Downs III in the third quarter. It was Adkins' second of the season and the first touchdown-scoring grab of Downs III's career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At No. 2 Alabama 62-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - No. 2 Alabama (2-0) scored touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions and went on to defeat New Mexico State (0-2), 62-10, Saturday afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Adkins threw his first touchdown pass of the year in the defeat. The Aggie signal caller hit senior running back Jason Huntley with a pass behind the line of scrimmage, and Huntley did the rest, taking the ball four yards into the end zone for the score midway through the third quarter.

Adkins passed for 145 yards and one touchdown, completing 19-of-30 pass attempts in the contest. Huntley had a team-high six receptions for 25 yards, including his four-yard score. Graduate transfer wideout Tony Nicholson, meanwhile, hauled in two passes for a team-high 44 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At No. 23 Washington State 58-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PULLMAN, WA - The New Mexico State football team (0-1) opened the 2019 campaign with a 58-7 loss to No. 23 Washington State (1-0) Saturday night inside Martin Stadium.

Playing under the lights and on the road against a nationally ranked opponent, the Aggie defense could not slow the Cougars' relentless attack from the start. Washington State generated 618 total yards of offense and rattled off 51 unanswered points in the victory, thanks to the arm of redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon and the legs of sophomore tailback Max Borghi.

Washington State's passing attack totaled six scores and 507 yards through the air, led by Gordon's 420 passing yards and five touchdowns. Borghi, meanwhile, accounted for 128 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At BYU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PROVO, UT - The New Mexico State football team made a trip to Provo, Utah to take on fellow independent Brigham Young University on a cold Saturday night inside of LaVell Edwards Stadium. After the Aggies scored first, the Cougars went on to outscore the team 45-3 as the Crimson & White fell on the road, 45-10.

Both NM State (3-8) and BYU (6-5) were forced to punt on a three-and-out for their first drives of the game. Then the Aggie offense got rolling on its next possession. Following three third-down conversions, Christian Gibson broke off a 13-yard rush into the red zone. Sitting 17 yards out, Josh Adkins went on to find Drew Dan who made a remarkable catch in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown to put NM State up 7-0. This scoring drive spanned 85 yards and lasted 4:27 as the Aggies got on the board.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Defeats Alcorn State 52-42

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team welcomed Alcorn State to Aggie Memorial Stadium for the final home contest of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies sent their veterans out right on senior day dominating the Braves from the game’s opening kickoff en route to a 52-42 victory.

NM State (3-7) wasted no time getting on the board to open the game. Alcorn State (7-3) sent the opening kickoff to the edge of the end zone and Aggie returner Jason Huntley took off for a 99-yard score that gave the Crimson & White a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Drops Road Contest At Texas State, 27-20

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN MARCOS, TX - The New Mexico State football team made a trip to the Lone Star State to take on Texas State on Saturday night inside of Bobcat Stadium. A first-drive touchdown for the Bobcats in the second half saw the Aggies not able to climb back from two scores down and drop the weekend showdown, 27-20.

A slow opening to the game for NM State (2-7) saw Texas State (2-6) take advantage early. The Aggies were forced to punt on the game’s opening drive and the Bobcats returner took the ball back 45-yards to start with great field position just 28-yards from the end zone. Just two plays later, Texas State saw a 19-yard quarterback keeper prove to be the first score of the contest and NM State went down 7-0 just 2:53 into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls To Georgia Southern 48-31

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team played host to former Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern on Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. After giving up the lead in the second quarter, the Aggies could not climb out of the hole and fell to the Eagles, 48-31.

In a game full of early lead changes, the first three drives of the contest ended in scores. After receiving the kick to open, NM State (2-6) moved meticulously down the field for a drive that only saw one third down. This series ended with a five-yard touchdown rush for Christian Gibson to put the Aggies ahead 7-0 just 3:32 into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At Louisiana 66-38

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAFAYETTE, LA - The New Mexico State football team traveled to Lafayette, La. to take on Louisiana at Cajun Field on Saturday. The clash with the former Sun Belt foe saw an offensive outburst for both teams end with the Aggies not able to close the gap as they fell to the Ragin’ Cajuns, 66-38.

Louisiana (3-3) opened the game with the first score on the game’s opening drive. On 3rd & 10 at midfield, the Ragin’ Cajuns found an open receiver over the middle who took off for the 50-yard score that put NM State (2-5) behind 7-0 just 2:10 into the contest.

After a three-and-out on the Aggies first drive, the opposition was able to increase the deficit for NM State on the next series. Another third down, this time on 3rd & 12, the Ragin’ Cajuns saw a 30-yard pass find the end zone to put the Aggies down 14-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Defeats Liberty 49-41

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team welcomed fellow independent Liberty to Aggie Memorial Stadium for homecoming on Saturday night in the first of two matchups between the two independents during the 2018 season. An offensive shootout saw the Aggies only trail in the first quarter and have six different players score en route to a 49-41 victory over the Flames.

Liberty (2-3) opened the game with a commanding opening drive. After six plays for the Flames saw the team gain 53-yards, the opposition finished the series off with a 22-yard rush for an early score to put NM State (2-4) behind 7-0 just 2:17 into the contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Downs UTEP 27-20 In Battle Of I-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State football team renewed the 96th meeting with Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night at Sun Bowl Stadium. A much-anticipated game did not disappoint with strong play on both sides of the ball and turnovers proved crucial with the Aggies taking down the rival Miners, 27-20.

In a back-and-forth opening half, the first drive of the game set the tone for what turned out to be an eventful first two quarters. NM State (1-4) forced a three-and-out on the opening drive and as UTEP (0-4) elected to punt, the Aggies decided to avoid the return. Christian Gibson shot around the corner to block the punt and Izaiah Lottie recovered the ball that he took back for a 19-yard score to put the Crimson & White ahead 7-0 just 1:55 into the contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>