Football Game Recaps

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Aggies Fall To Lobos 27-14

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team lost to I-25 rival New Mexico, 27-14, in front of 25,211 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The Aggies fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Lobos improve to 2-2.

Sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley completed 22-of-34 passes and finished with 256 total passing yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Robert Clay led the Aggie ground attack rushing 11 times for 47 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin had his third 100-plus yards receiving game of the season, finishing with a team-high 107 yards on six catches.

Defensively, junior strong safety Davis Cazares led NM State with 19 total tackles. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Joiner added 12 tackles, while junior linebackers Bryan Bonilla and Trashaun Nixon each finished with 10 tackles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 41-28 In Battle Of I-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State football team lost the 90th meeting with its I-10 rival UTEP Miners, 41-28, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso Saturday night.

The Aggies found themselves down early, played well during the middle portion of the game, but could never quite catch up to the Miners. NM State falls to 1-2 on the season while the Miners are also now 1-2.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 51-24 At Ohio

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ATHENS, OH - The New Mexico State football team fell 51-24 to Ohio at the Bobcats' Peden Stadium Saturday evening.

Ohio pulled away from the Aggies in the second half after the Bobcats led 21-14 at halftime. OU scored 24 points in the third quarter and held the NM State offense to 16 yards and 10 points to extend its lead to 45-24 heading into the final quarter. The Bobcats improved to 2-0 on the season with the win as NM State dropped to 1-1 after the loss.

Aggie sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley finished the night at 12-of-24 passing with 132 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore receiver Austin Franklin led the receiving corps with five receptions for 72 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown grab. Franklin also blocked an OU field goal attempt just before halftime. Senior wide receiver Kemonte' Bateman hauled in four receptions for 45 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Sacramento State Game Photos

NM State vs. Sacramento State Game Photos

Aggie Football Opens 2012 With 49-19 Victory Over Sacramento State

The New Mexico State football team kicked off the 2012 season with a wire-to-wire victory over Sacramento State on Thursday night at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Aggie quarterback Andrew Manley's return from a season-ending ACL injury a year ago was hugely successful as the redshirt sophomore quarterback threw for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns while completing 14-of-22 passes. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin shined in his new role as the Aggies' go-to receiver catching eight passes for a career-high 236 yards and two touchdowns including an 84-yard catch-and-run with just over two minutes left in the second quarter. His other touchdown reception was 52 yards on the Aggies' second drive of the game.

"It's a good win for us," said head coach DeWayne Walker in the postgame press conference. "There's still some things we have to fix on offense and defense for sure, but we can look at the tape because it's always easier to clean up your mistakes after wins."

The Aggie defense rose to the occasion in the late stages of the game after Sacramento State had seized momentum and drawn to within nine points with just under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Following an Aggie punt the Hornets took over with 3:19 left to play in the quarter but Desmond Anaya forced a fumble by quarterback Garrett Safron which was recovered by Walton Taumoepeau. The Aggies would take over on Sacramento State 38 yard line and seven plays later the Aggies found the end zone to go ahead 35-19 with 13:45 left to play in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Defense Dominates Annual Spring Football Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team held its annual spring game on Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The game lasted about an hour and a half in front of around 1,000 fans.

The NM State defense dominated the game from start to finish, causing several turnovers and collecting a handful of sacks. The offense was slightly off during the scrimmage with just a few highlight plays.

“I thought after last week’s scrimmage where the offense dominated, the defense took it a little personal today and answered the bell,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “The offense was just off a little bit on every phase of the game. I think the defense had a very good day.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Utah State Game Photos

NM State vs. Utah State Game Photos

Utah State Stuns New Mexico State 24-21 In Season Finale

The Aggie football season came to a close on Saturday with a 24-21 loss to Utah State as the northern Aggies rallied in the final five minutes for a game-winning touchdown. New Mexico State had taken a 21-17 lead with 8:29 left to play when Kenny Turner plunged ahead three yards into the endzone capping a three-play drive that covered 66 yards in just 1:13.

After forcing a Utah State punt on the ensuing possession, the Aggies took over with 6:49 left on the clock at their own 25 yard line. The Aggies ran five plays, four of them passes, and were unable to melt much time off the clock giving the ball back to Utah State with 5:04 left to play.

Utah State would drive 83 yards on 13 plays converting a crucial fourth-and-one play from the Aggies' 14 yard line with less than a minute remaining. Two plays later USU would score the go-ahead touchdown on an eight yard pass from Adam Kennedy to Matt Austin.

The Aggies would get the ball back on the kickoff with 35 seconds left but senior quarterback Matt Christian would have his pass intercepted at the Utah State 30 yard line on the first play of the series, ending the Aggies' hopes for a comeback.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls At LA Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RUSTON, LA - The New Mexico State football team, (4-8, 2-4) fell to Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-1) 44-0 in Ruston, La., Saturday afternoon.

Kenny Turner led the Aggies will 149 yards rushing on 29 carries. It was Turner’s sixth 100-yard game of the season. Travaughn Colwell threw for 119 yards on 15-of-25 passing. Taveon Rogers caught five passes for 56 yards. Donyae Coleman led the Aggie defense with eight tackles and his sixth interception of the season.

The Bulldogs took the opening drive of the second half right down the field and pushed their lead to 30-0 with 11:47 left in the third quarter. The Aggies would then turn the ball over on downs to give LA Tech the all with 8:35 to go in the third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 42-7 At BYU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PROVO, UT - The New Mexico State football team fell 42-7 to BYU at the Cougars' LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday night.

Freshman wide receiver Austin Franklin caught a career-high eight receptions for 66 yards and his third career touchdown to lead the Aggie receiving corps. Junior running back Kenny Turner finished with 61 yards rushing on 16 carries. Senior quarterback Matt Christian played just shy of three quarters for the Aggies before leaving the game. Christian finished with 98 yards on 12-of-23 passing with a touchdown and an interception. Freshman Travaughn Colwell took over for the Aggies and went 7-for-11 on the night for 61 yards the rest of the way.

Linebackers Bryan Bonilla and Boyblue Aoelua led the Aggies with eight tackles apiece on defense.

NM State drops to 4-7 after the loss while BYU improves to 8-3 this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>