Football Game Recaps

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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 >>

Aggie Football Stuns Idaho 55-48 In Overtime, Snaps 17-Game Losing Streak

The New Mexico State football team snapped the nation's longest losing streak, 17 games, with a thrilling 55-48 overtime victory over Idaho on Saturday night which was sealed by an incredible interception by freshman defensive back Terrill Hank who trapped the ball with his ankles. The Aggies scored 41 points in the second half and seven more in overtime to complete the come from behind victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls To Troy 52-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Larry Rose III rushed his way into the NM State football career record books in the second quarter of a 52-7 loss to Troy in Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday night at Aggie Memorial Stadium in the Homecoming/Tough Enough to Wear Pink game.

Rose III finished the night with 180-yards rushing on 21 attempts to move into ninth in career rushing with 1,969 yards to surpass Anthony Singleton (1,858, 1986-89). The sophomore also had a team-best 67 reception yards with a long of 60 and wrapped up the night with 247 all-purpose yards, just shy of his season-high, 260, at New Mexico this year.

Andrew Allen finished the game with 161 yards in the air on 13-of-33 passing with one touchdown.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls At Georgia Southern 56-26

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

STATESBORO, GA - Andrew Allen had a career-high 253 passing yards and threw for three touchdowns as the NM State football team fell 56-26 to Sun Belt Conference opponent Georgia Southern on Saturday night in Paulson Stadium.

Allen, who had just his second career start for NM State (0-6, 0-2), completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 253 yards. The sophomore completed a long pass of 61-yards to Royce Caldwell and had just one interception on the evening. Caldwell had a career-high 130 all-purpose yards.

Larry Rose III led the Aggies in both rushing and receiving as he collected 82 yards on 13 runs and chipped in 31 yards on five receptions. Joshua Bowen had 15 yards and a career-high two touchdowns on four receptions.

Derek Ibekwe led the Aggies’ defensive efforts with 14 tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss. Dalton Herrington chipped in seven tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss.  Continue Reading This Post >>