Football Game Recaps

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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 >>

Aggies Fall To No. 13 UCLA 59-13

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PASADENA, CA - The New Mexico State football team fell to No. 13/15 UCLA Saturday night in the Rose Bowl, 59-13. The Aggies are now 0-4 on the season, while UCLA improves to 3-0.

The Aggies were led by running back Brandon Betancourt, who racked up 95 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while quarterback King Davis III threw for 48 yards on 6-of-13 passing. Quarterback Andrew McDonald threw for 98 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, safety Davis Cazares led all Aggies with 14 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

As a team, the Aggies had 21 first downs and 333 yards of total offense, while the Bruins recorded 39 first downs and 692 yards of total offense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State vs. UTEP Game Photos

New Mexico State vs. UTEP Game Photos

Aggie Football Falls To UTEP 42-21

The 91st edition of the Battle of I-10 ended the same way the previous four ended -- in a loss. Four turnovers, two in each half and two in the redzone, doomed the Aggies in their 42-21 defeat.

The game got off to an ominous start for the Aggies when Darien Johnson fumbled the opening kickoff giving the Miners possession of the ball on the Aggies' three yard line. It took UTEP just one play to find the endzone and the Aggies found themselves trailing 7-0 just ten seconds in the game.

The Aggies bounced back immediately as Andrew McDonald found Jerrel Brown for an 81-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 just 27 second into the game. On the ensuing drive the Miners put together an eight play, 87 yard drive that culminated in a 12 yard touchdown run by quarterback Jameill Showers to put the Miners up 14-7.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Battle Minnesota In 44-21 Loss

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team dropped its home opener 44-21 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The Aggies (0-2) collected 253 passing yards with senior quarterback Andrew McDonald leading the way with 186 yards on 22-of-31 passing. Senior running back Germi Morrison directed the ground attack with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Defensively, senior safety Davis Cazares and senior linebacker Trashaun Nixon both recorded a game-high 11 tackles.

The Aggies went three-and-out on the first drive against the Golden Gophers (2-0), but the Aggie defense caused the same situation for the Minnesota offense on its opening drive. After one more drive from each team, senior defensive end Willie Mobley recorded his first quarterback sack as an Aggie, pushing Minnesota back to a third-and-16.  Continue Reading This Post >>