Fans Storm Field as NMSU Defeats New Mexico
The New Mexico State football team defeated New Mexico, 16-14, with a 22-yard, game-winning field goal from freshman kicker Tyler Stampler in the final minutes of the game.
With their first back to back win over the Lobos since 1998 and 1999, the Aggies improved to 1-4 while UNM fell to 0-6 in the ‘NM State Aggies Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ game. This year’s campaign raised $506,939.
With only 5:19 remaining in the game, Aggie junior defensive end Donte Savage forced UNM freshman quarterback Stump Godfrey to fumble, which freshman defensive tackle Augafa Vaaulu recovered at the UNM 44-yard line.
Freshman quarterback Andrew Manley entered the game and made his first collegiate appearance on the Aggies’ final drive. On his first pass attempt, he completed an 11-yard toss to sophomore wide receiver Darrius Preston. Two plays later, Manley found senior wide receiver Marcus Allen for a 21-yard gain to the four-yard line.
Stampler capped the drive with his third field goal of the game with 1:56 to play. The Aggie defense then stayed strong and held UNM scoreless in the second half. Senior cornerback Davon House sealed the win for the Aggies, when he intercepted the final play of the game.
In addition to his two forced fumbles, Savage finished with nine tackles and two sacks, including the first of the season. Senior running back Seth Smith and sophomore running back Robert Clay led the Aggie ground attack with 47 and 44 yards, respectively. Clay also scored his first career touchdown on a fumble recovery.
On the opening kickoff, junior wide receiver Taveon Rogers set the tone with a 44-yard return to near midfield. The return set up a career-long 39-yard Stampler field goal for the Aggies to take a 3-0 lead on a drive that lasted 5:03 with 10 plays spanning 32 yards.
In the second drive, NM State extended its advantage to 6-0 with a 34-yard field goal. Rogers was instrumental in the series with a 29-yard run around the left side.
The Lobos scored to take a 7-6 lead with a 42-yard junior quarterback Brad Gruner touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Bryant Williams for 7-6 lead.
At the beginning of the second quarter, New Mexico converted an Aggie miscue into seven points with a six-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore running Kasey Carrier.
The Aggies pulled within one, 14-13, when Clay recovered a fumble in the end zone on a muffed punt.
After a scoreless third quarter, Savage forced a Lobo fumble, the third of his career, and junior cornerback Jonte Green recovered the ball at the UNM 28-yard line with 13:33 remaining.
The Aggies travel to Fresno State, Oct. 16, for their first WAC road game of the season.