New Mexico State Set to Host Nevada in Crucial WAC Football Game


POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 6:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 6:36pm

The New Mexico State Aggies host the Nevada Wolf Pack, Saturday, Oct. 29, at Aggie Memorial Stadium for the eighth time in the series history. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised by AggieVision live around the state of New Mexico on Comcast and carried on Altitude in Denver, ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.

Nevada is 4-3, 2-0 in the WAC, while NMSU is 3-4, 1-2 in the WAC. Nevada’s Chris Ault is in his 27th year with the Wolf Pack and has a record of 223-100-1. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. New Mexico State’s DeWayne Walker is in his third season wth the Aggies and is 8-24.

GAME NOTES: Nevada – has won eight consecutive WAC games ... leads the WAC in total offense ... has the most balanced offense in the WAC and third best in the nation with 251.6 yards rushing and 250.0 yards passing per game ... Rishard Matthews leads the WAC in receiving yards per game with 111.4 ... DL Brett Roy leads the WAC and is fourth in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.8 per game. New Mexico State – leads the WAC in both pass efficiency and pass defense effi ciency ... leads the WAC in turnover margin at +0.57 per game ... Taveon Rogers leads the WAC in all-purpose yards with 175.5 per game and in kick returns with a 29.9-yard average ... Donyae Coleman is tied for the WAC lead in interceptions with four.

In this week’s NCAA stats, the WAC has three players in the top 10 nationally in punt returns. Idaho junior Justin Veltung is third with an 18.8-yard average, Nevada senior Rishard Matthews is fi fth (17.3) and Fresno State’s Devon Wylie is seventh (16.3). All three have returned punts for at least one touchdown while both Veltung and Wylie have recorded two such returns, tied with Arkansas’ Joe Adams for the most by any player in the country this year.

Play-by-play man Glen Cerny and color analyst Danny Knee bring you all the action. The WAC Sports Network will also carry the game. Fans 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.

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