Football Game Recaps

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NMSU Football Defeats Louisiana 37-31 In Double Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Redshirt junior Sebastian Anderson leaped on the ball as it rolled into the end zone after being knocked loose from the outstretched arms of Larry Rose III in the second overtime series for New Mexico State to give the Aggies the 37-31 win over UL Lafayette at Aggie Memorial Stadium on homecoming.

“I’d prefer to win it in regulation with the kick from the 40-yard line, but the character that our guys showed and the heart that they showed, we can really build upon here,” said Aggie head coach Doug Martin. “The biggest thing here tonight was our defense. It was a hard- hitting football game and our guys responded, that was a great team win for our guys. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I was so proud of those fans that came tonight; that stadium was so electric with the fans that were here. We can’t thank you enough.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Drops Sun Belt Opener At Troy 52-6

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROY, AL - Tyler Rogers tied a career-high in passing yards as the NM State football team dropped a 52-6 decision to Troy on Saturday night inside Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rogers led the Aggies (1-3, 0-1 SBC) offensively as he completed 29-of-54 passes for 445 yards and one touchdown. Overall, NM State racked up 539 yards of total offense. Rogers connected with Izaiah Lottie on five passes for 71 yards and the lone Aggie touchdown.

Dalton Herrington led the Aggie defense with 13 tackles while Tymon Locklin chipped in eight tackles. Jared Phipps and Rodney Bulter each had six tackles.

Troy (3-1, 1-0 SBC) was led by Brandon Silvers who completed 23-of-32 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Chunn led the Trojan rushing efforts with 64 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Hang Tough With Kentucky, Fall 62-42

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - After leading the majority of the first half and entering the locker room knotted 35-35, the NM State football team ultimately dropped a 62-42 decision to SEC opponent Kentucky on Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium.

The Aggies (1-2) led the Wildcats (1-2) on four separate occasions before the home team pulled away in the second half. The first two Aggie touchdowns came from an interception by Jaden Wright and a fumble recovery by Izaiah Lottie. Overall, the Aggies secured three turnovers with two forced fumbles and an interception.

Tyler Rogers completed 16-of-33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third 200-yard passing game of 2016 and the 13th of his career. In addition, the quarterback had a career-high 70 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Rallies For 32-31 Rio Grande Rivalry Win Over New Mexico

In front of a crowd of 17,852 Aggie and Lobo faithful, the Aggie snapped a four-game losing streak to in-state rival UNM with a 32-31 come-from-behind victory. The Aggie defense came up big on the Lobos' final drive getting a stop on fourth and 15. Earlier in the drive Aggie linebacker Rodney Butler provided a crucial pass break-up on second and 7 that would have given the Lobos a first down near the Aggies' 25 yard line with over three minutes left in the game. Butler's pass breakup capped a night that saw him rack up a career-best 24 tackles, just two shy of the school record set back in 1989 by Sam Dickey, coincidentally also against the Lobos.

Frank Spaziani's Aggie defense came up with several big stops and clogged up the Lobo run game in the second half. After giving up 167 yards on the ground in the first half, the Aggie defense held UNM to just 54 yards on the ground in the second half and Terrill Hanks came up with a big interception on third and five to give the Aggies the ball at the Lobo 27-yard line setting up what would turn out to be the eventual game-winning touchdown drive.

The six-play touchdown drive which saw the Aggies take a 15-yard penalty on second and two, was capped off by an 8-yard touchdown strike from Tyler Rogers to Greg Hogan gave the Aggies a 32-31 lead.

Rogers finished the game 21-of-35 for 207 yards and two touchdowns and for the second straight game did not throw an interception.

The Aggies got off to a slow start in the scoring column again as the Lobos jumped out to a 14-6 lead as the Aggies traded field goals for touchdowns with UNM on the teams' first four combined possessions.

Midway through the second it appeared the Aggies were in good shape to score another touchdown after forcing a fumble on the UNM 19 yard line but three straight incomplete passes forced another Parker Davidson field goal to make the score 14-9. The Lobos would match the Aggies' field goal with a field goal of their own but in doing so left 21 seconds on the clock which the Aggies would take full advantage of. After a 31-yard kickoff return to the Aggie 35-yard line, Tyler Rogers would hit Royce Caldwell for 49 yards to get the ball to the UNM 20 yard line. The next play Rogers would attempt a pass to Jaleel Scott but pass interference was called on the Lobos giving the Aggies the ball on the Lobos' five yard line. Rogers would hit Scott for a touchdown on the next play and a missed extra point from Davidson would make the score 17-15 in favor of UNM going into halftime.

The Aggies would go three and out on their first two drives in the second half allowing UNM to extend their lead to 24-15. The Aggies would use a 14-play drive late in the third quarter to cut the lead back down to two at 24-22 but the Lobos would answer with a drive spanning the end of the third quarter into the fourth quarter to push the lead back to nine at 31-22. Parker Davidson connected on a 30 yard field goal to cut the lead to 31-26 and Terrill Hanks would get the interception on the next drive to set up the Aggies' go-ahead touchdown.

Aggie Football Drops Season Opener At UTEP 38-22

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX – Tyler Rogers garnered the 11th 200-yard passing game of his career as the New Mexico State football team dropped a 38-22 decision to Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.

The Aggies (0-1) scored three touchdowns in the second half. In addition, NM State forced three UTEP (1-0) fumbles, which included one fumble that NM State returned for a touchdown.

Rogers, who had just 48 passing yards after the first half, finished the game 17-of-41 for 206 yards. The senior quarterback led the team in rushing with 63 yards on nine carries, while Jaleel Scott had a team-high 68 receiving yards on five catches.

Peyton Theisler kicked off his NM State career with seven punts for 338 yards, with a long punt of 57 yards. Parker Davidson also amassed 321 kickoff yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Defense Dominates Annual Spring Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The 2016 spring game gave Aggie fans something to look forward to on Saturday, as the defense flexed its muscle against the offense.

The defense finished with three sacks, two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and two forced fumbles (one recovered).

The first fumble came in the second quarter when Brett Kowalski knocked the ball loss from Xavier Hall. Luckily, Hall was able to recover the ball. The offense (Crimson) eventually found its way into the end zone when King Burke powered his way in.

Conner Cramer, playing in front of the Aggie faithful for the first time, wound up orchestrating both scoring drives for NM State. The first drive was a 17-play, 90-yard drive in the second series and then again in the third on a 14-play, 80-yard drive.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Drops Season Finale At UL Monroe, 42-35

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MONROE, LA - Andrew Allen had his second 300-yard passing game of the season as the NM State football team fell 42-35 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) on Saturday night at JPS Field at Malone Stadium.

Allen completed 23-of-36 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of those passes were to Teldrick Morgan, who amassed 101 yards. Jacob Nwangwa led the NM State (3-9, 3-5 SBC) defensive efforts with nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

Earnest Carrington led the Warhawks (2-11, 1-7 SBC) as he went 5-15 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while Brian Williams completed 4-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

DeMarcus Owens grabbed his first career interception to set up the Aggies’ first touchdown of the game. Following the turnover, Larry Rose III used two carries to gain 23-yards as the visiting team took a 7-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Drops Final Home Game To Arkansas State, 52-28

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Jordan Bergstrom had a career-high in both receiving yards and touchdowns as the NM State football team fell 52-28 to Arkansas State on Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium. Prior to the game, Bergstrom and the other seniors were honored for Senior Day.

Bergstrom amassed 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just four catches to lead the NM State (3-8, 3-4 SBC) offense. Larry Rose III racked up 106 rushing yards on 15 carries. This was his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Andrew Allen completed 13-of-24 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, while Nick Jeanty was 13-of-17 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Jacob Nwangwa led the defense with 10 tackles.

Fredi Knighten was 23-of-42 for 367 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Wolves (8-3, 7-0 SBC).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Football Tops UL-Lafayette For Third Win In A Row; Rose Sets Single Season Rushing Record

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAFAYETTE, LA - Rodney Bulter had his first interception of the season with 1:19 left in the game to secure the victory for the NM State football team as they won their third game in a row, this time a 37-34 victory of UL-Lafayette, on Saturday night at Cajun Field.

The Aggies held a 37-34 advantage with 1:29 remaining as the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-6, 3-3) began their final drive of the game. After an incomplete pass by UL-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack, Butler leaped in the air and grabbed the interception.

The Aggies are now 3-7 on the season and 3-3 in the Sun Belt. This is the first time NM State has won three games since 2011 and the first time they have won three in a row since 2004 when they won three SBC games during a 5-6 record that season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Beats Texas State 31-21

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN MARCOS, TX - Bolstered by a solid defensive performance from Jacob Nwangwa, which included a career-high two interceptions, the NM State football team won its second game in as many weeks with a 31-21 victory over Texas State on Saturday.

Nwangwa grabbed interceptions on back-to-back Texas State (2-6, 1-3 SBC) drives in the fourth quarter to secure a win for the Aggies (2-7, 2-3 SBC). With Texas State in the red zone, Nwangwa stepped in front of a Tyler Jones pass and grabbed his second interception of the season with 3:36 left in the game. On the ensuing Bobcat possession, Nwangwa again grabbed an interception, this time on the first snap of the drive, to give NM State the win. Nwangwa also had a team-high 10 tackles.  Continue Reading This Post >>