Football Game Recaps

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Aggie Football Opens 2014 With 28-10 Victory Over Cal Poly

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team began the 2014 season with a nice win defeating the Cal Poly Mustangs, 28-10 its home opener Thursday night in front of 13,772 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The Aggies gained 315 total yards while allowing Cal Poly 265 yards. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers looked comfortable in the pocket during his first start, going 18-of-27 for 118 yards, two touchdown throws and one interception. The NM State ground attack also looked in midseason form as the Aggies almost rushed for 200 total yards, finishing with 197 yards on the ground.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Crimson Defeats White In Annual Spring Football Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team wrapped up its annual spring football game on Saturday, April 19, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The crimson team won the contest outscoring the white team 53-46.

The offense for the Aggies wore crimson while the defense wore white jerseys for the game.

NM State’s defense got the first eight points on the board after forcing the Aggies to punt on their first three possessions and getting two tackles for a loss.

The remainder of the quarter was dominated by the defense who led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Aggies offense had a strong drive that led to senior Maxwell Johnson hitting a field goal to earn the crimson team three points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Ends 2013 With A 24-16 Victory Over Idaho

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team finished off the 2013 season by holding off the Idaho Vandals, 24-16, in Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies finish the season with a 2-10 record while the Vandals finish at 1-11.

NM State would score 17 of the final 20 points in the game, including outscoring Idaho 14-3 in the second half, to claim its second victory of the season. The defense would pace the Aggies, claiming an interception, turnover on downs and a stop in the end zone as time expired during Idaho’s final three possessions.

On the offensive side, senior quarterback Andrew McDonald finished 17-of-27 for 186 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Senior running back Germi Morrison had his second 100-yard game of the season, and third of his career, after finishing with 111 rushing yards on 17 carries.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Routed By Florida Atlantic, 55-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOCA RATON, FL - The New Mexico State Football team fell to Florida Atlantic Saturday afternoon, 55-10 at FAU Stadium. NM State goes to 1-10 on the season, as FAU improves to 5-6 on the year.

NM State had 278 yards of total offense on the day compared to FAU’s 585 yards. Quarterback Andrew McDonald threw for 136 yards on 13-of-27 passing. Running back Xavier Hall carried the ball 12 times for 74 yards, while wide receiver Austin Franklin led the receiving corps with four catches for 58 yards. Franklin moved into fourth all-time in receptions for a career and now has 154.

Defensively, Davis Cazares led the team with 13 tackles, followed by linebackers Bryan Bonilla and Rodney Butler with seven and six respectively. Cazares’ 13 tackles was his fifth double digit tackle game of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To Boston College 48-34

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team fought and clawed its way to a tough loss against Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College, 48-34, Saturday afternoon at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies fall to 1-9 on the season while the Eagles move over .500 at 5-4.

Boston College, the first team from the ACC to ever play at Aggie Memorial Stadium, needed a couple of late touchdowns and an interception to overcome a very spirited NM State team.

The Aggies nearly matched Boston College yard for yard, finishing with 548 total yards to the Eagles’ 550. NM State was led by senior quarterback Andrew McDonald who finished the game by going 41-of-55 with 384 total passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

The ground attack was led by freshman and Las Cruces native Xavier Hall who almost had his first 100-yard game for the Aggies, finishing with 14 carries for 95 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Hang Tough At Louisiana; Fall 49-35

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAFAYETTE, LA - The New Mexico State football team fell to Louisiana, 49-35, Saturday afternoon. NM State moves to 1-8 on the season, while Louisiana improved to 6-2 overall.

NM State had 450 yards of total offense on the night, as quarterback Andrew McDonald led NM State with 327 yards passing and three touchdown passes. Wide receiver Austin Franklin caught a career-high 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, while Travaughn Colwell led NM State with 58 yards rushing on the day.

Defensively, Thomas Warren led the Aggies with a career-high 11 tackles, followed by Darien Johnson with eight. The Aggies allowed 440 yards of total offense to Louisiana.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Survive Abilene Christian Comeback, Snap 18-Game Losing Streak

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It took all 60 minutes of playing time, maybe a little bit more, but the New Mexico State football team got its first victory of the Doug Martin era. The Aggies defeated Abilene Christian University, 34-29, Saturday night inside Aggie Memorial Stadium in one of the most memorable finishes in the stadium’s history.

With its first victory of the season, NM State moves to 1-7 on the season while the Wildcats drop to 5-4.

The final score was not decided until the final play of the game. After ACU scored a touchdown to cut the Aggie lead to six with 19 seconds remaining in the game, NM State could not recover a Wildcat onside kick, giving ACU a final chance.

The Wildcats hurt their chances with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a 10-yard holding penalty that placed the ball at their own 21-yard line with nine seconds remaining.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To Rice 45-19

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University football team fell to 0-7 on the season after losing to Rice, 45-19, inside Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

The Aggies finished with 328 total yards on the night, including 168 through the air and 160 on the ground.

Freshman quarterback King Davis III made his second-career start for NM State, but unfortunately did not finish the game due to injury. Davis III did finish the night, however, leading the Aggies with 113 passing yards and one touchdown on 6-of-14 passing.

Junior running back Brandon Betancourt marked his second-consecutive 100-yard rushing game for NM State, finishing with 103 yards on 17 carries to lead the Aggies. Junior wide receiver Austin Franklin, meanwhile, led NM State with three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Unable To Contain UNM Ground Game; Fall 66-17 In Rio Grande Rivalry

Written By: Zack Ponce

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Success usually stems from preparation.

Unfortunately for the New Mexico State University football team, knowing the University of New Mexico’s plan of attack didn’t equate to results.

The Lobos, who entered the 105th Rio Grande Rivalry game with the third best rushing offense in the NCAA, used the ground game to gash the Aggie’s defensive front seven for a 66-17 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday evening at Branch Field at University Stadium.

Ten total New Mexico players combined to rush for 547 total yards, and the team’s 66 points tied the all-time record for the most points allowed by New Mexico State against the Lobos. The only other time that occurred was back in 1982 when the Aggies lost in Albuquerque, 66-14.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To San Diego State 26-16

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CURCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team fell to the San Diego State Aztecs, 26-16, on Saturday night, Sept. 28, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies move to 0-5 on the season and SDSU picks up its first win for a 1-3 record.

The Aggies were led by wide receiver Joshua Bowen, who tallied 66 yards and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Andrew McDonald passed for 228 yards on 23 of 35 passing and threw two touchdowns for the Aggies. He also picked up 22 rushing yards. Davis Cazares led the Aggies defensively with 14 tackles, including four unassisted. Junior safety George Callender had 10 tackles on the night with two of those being solo efforts.

As a team, the Aggies had 16 first downs with 268 yards of total offense, while the Aztecs had 441 total offensive yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>