The NM State football (1-3, 0-0) team will welcome new WAC member UTSA (4-0, 0-0) to Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) The game will also be televised on AggieVision on Comcast around the state of New Mexico (tape delayed in Las Cruces) and Altitude.
You can listen to all the action with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon and color analyst Jason Scott beginning at 5 p.m. on KGRT 104 FM. Also catch the action in Spanish with Martin Cortez and Bob Sherman on Vista 98.7 FM.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools and the second FCS school NM State will play this season. UTSA is in its final year of transition from FCS to FBS. This game will also mark the second team this season that NM State will play for the first time in the program’s history. The Aggies will also have another first in program history, when they face Texas State in the last game of the season.
The Roadrunners come to Las Cruces with a 4-0 record after a solid 56-3 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State. UTSA is 2-0 on the road and 2-0 at home this season.
UTSA is averaging 404 yards per game of total offense, 200.2 yards passing and 203.8 yards on the ground. The defense is allowing just 16 points a game and 247.8 yards a contest.
Eric Soza leads the Roadrunner offense with 695 yards passing this season and seven touchdown passes, averaging 173.8 yards a game. The rushing attack is led by David Glasco II, who is averaging 63 yards a game and 8.4 yards a carry this season. Earon Holmes and Kam Jones lead the receiving corps. Holmes has caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, while Jones has six catches for 144 yards and a score.
Defensively, Brandon Reeves leads the way with 27 tackles, followed by Triston Wade and Blake Terry each with 24.
NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink
For the sixth year in a row, the New Mexico State football team will join together with the University, local businesses and the Las Cruces community to raise money for breast cancer research. This year, co-chairs Magellia Boston (wife of Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston), Laura Conniff (NM State Regent), Mary Henson (wife of Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Lou Henson) and Pat Sisbarro (wife of car dealer Lou Sisbarro) enter their sixth year with the initiative.
In a unique opportunity in 2007, the New Mexico State Athletics Department agreed to designate the football game on September 29 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, as a breast cancer awareness initiative and fundraiser. Former NM State coach Hal Mumme brought together four honorary chairwomen for this event, all with strong ties to New Mexico State University and all cancer survivors.
In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 TETWP’s combined fundraising efforts with Cowboys for Cancer Research made “NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” the No. 1 TETWP event in the world. Last year over $500,000 was raised.
The Aggie football team will be wearing pink ribbons on its helmets as well as pink socks and wrist bands.
NM State against FCS Schools
The Aggies do have a history of playing FCS programs. In fact, the Aggies are 41-25-1 all-time against Championship Subdivision programs. The last FCS school NM State played was against Sacramento State to open the 2012 season, on Aug. 30, winning 49-19 in Las Cruces.
The Aggies last lost to a Championship Subdivision team in overtime in 1997 at home against Cal Poly, 38-35. Northern Arizona is the FCS program that NM State has faced the most. The Aggies hold a 17-7-1 record over the Lumberjacks with the first game played in 1930 and the last in the series in 1982.
Former Aggie offensive lineman Polo Gutierrez is currently UTSA’s running back coach. Gutierrez played for the Aggies from 2005-08 under then head coach Hal Mumme.
Coaches versus Cancer
The NMSU and UTSA coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org  or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
The Aggies are 1-6 all-time in WAC openers, with their only win coming against Nevada in 2008 in Reno, 48-45. The Aggies faced Louisiana Tech in their first WAC game in school history, falling 34-14. Five of the Aggies’ seven WAC openers have been on the road, while NM State has opened WAC play against a team from the State of Idaho twice.
Franklin Continues to Be the Aggies’ Top Receiver
Wide receiver Austin Franklin recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season against New Mexico with a team-leading six catches for 107 yards and a score. He has four 100-yard receiving games in his career, including three this season (Sac State – 236; UTEP – 107; New Mexico – 107)
Franklin also leads the team in scoring with 36 points on six touchdown receptions. He is tied for second in the conference in scoring with 9.0 points per game.
Nationally, Franklin ranks first in receiving yards per game, is 28th in receptions per game and 37th in all-purpose yards. He ranks first in the WAC in two categories (receptions per game and receiving yards per game).
Franklin saw action in all 13 games for NM State in 2011 at wide receiver and as a returner of kickoffs and punts. He grabbed 34 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns on the season, including 22 yards rushing on four carries. Franklin also returned three kicks for 103 yards including a long of 54. He registered a career-high eight receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown at BYU.
For his career, Franklin has caught 54 passes for 939 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 17.4 yards per catch.
Franklin Added to Biletnikoff Watch List
New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin has been added to the 2012 Biletnikoff Watch List. The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, the Florida State University All-America receiver and a Pro-Football Hall of Famer. The award has been given out for the past 17 years. This is the second straight season an Aggie wide receiver has been named to the watch list. (Taveon Rogers – 2011)
Franklin has caught 26 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Aggies. He has also tallied 527 all-purpose.
The recipient of the 2012 Biletnikoff Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards in early December. The Biletnikoff Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the University Center Club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.