NM State Football drop season opener to #15 Texas, 56-7
Austin, TX — The New Mexico State football team opened up the 2013 season with a loss to No. 15 Texas, 56-7. The Aggies are now 0-1 on the season, as the Longhorns open the season at 1-0.
Quarterback Andrew McDonald completed 32 passes for 242 yards on the night. He threw the Aggies’ only touchdown to New Mexico native, Joshua Bowen, for 11 yards. Bowen led the Aggies with eight receptions for 83 yards and his first career touchdown.
Brian Bonilla finished the season opener with eight tackles, one for a loss, including four solo. Darien Johnson had seven solo tackles for the Aggies, while Davis Cazares had five solo and two assisted. The defense also created three turnovers on the night.
As a team, NM State had 346 yards of total offense, while allowing Texas to run up 715 yards.
The Aggies went three-and-out on their first drive of the 2013 season, but the defense quickly got the ball back for NM State with a forced fumble and recovery to give the offense its second chance of the game with 11:44 left in the first quarter. The Aggies went three-and-out again, punting to Texas for the second time with 10:15 in the first.
Another defensive stop by NM State on a fourth-and-two by Texas gave NM State the ball at its own 45 yard line with 8:30 left in the quarter. The Aggies quickly drove down the field, inside the Longhorn 25, but failed to convert on a fourth-and-one, giving Texas the ball back with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter.
Again the defense stepped up and forced a Longhorn punt, but it was down by Texas at the NM State 1-yard line, with 3:57 left in the quarter. McDonald moved the Aggies down the field and as the first quarter ended, NM State was tied with the No. 15 team in the nation, 0-0.
The second quarter started with Nm State moving into Texas territory before McDonald fumbled on a quarterback keeper, giving the Longhorns the ball back with 13:20 left in the half.
Texas marched right down the field, inside the Aggies’ 25-yard line, before George Callender picked off Longhorn quarterback David Ash in the end zone, for a touchback. It was the second turnover of the game for the Aggies, as they took over at their own 20-yard line, with 10:10 left in the half. It was Callender’s third interception of his career.
The offense came onto the field, as King Davis III made his collegiate debut. The Aggies went three-and-out after a miscommunication between Davis III and Bergstrom on third down. The Aggies punted the ball back to Texas with 8:07 left in the half.
Four plays later, Laudermill tipped a pass from Ash, allowing Clint Barnard to intercept the ball, forcing the third turnover of the game with just over seven minutes left in the half. McDonald came back in a quarterback and quickly took the Aggies in the Longhorn’s side of the field, after a long pass to Jerrel Brown.
McDonald then connected with New Mexico native Joshua Bowen for an 11-yard touchdown strike, giving NM State a 7-0 lead with 2:28 left in the half, following a successful Maxwell Johnson PAT attempt.
Forty seconds later Texas scored on a 54-yard pass from Ash to Harris, as the score was tied at 7-7, with 1:48 to go in the half. The Aggies then went three-and-out and was forced to kick the ball back to Texas with 1:25 to go in the half.
The Longhorns hit a 66-yard touchdown pass from Ash to Johnson to give Texas a 14-7 lead with 1:08 left in the half. Texas’ scoring drive was one play, 66 yards in 10 seconds.
The Aggies would run out the clock for the remained of the half, as Texas led NM State 14-7.
McDonald threw for 105 yards and a touchdown, including 54 yards on the ground. Scoggins and Dean led the Aggie receivers at the tight ends combined for seven catches for 42 yards. The defense caused three turnovers in the half.
The Aggies opened the second half of play with an on-side kick, which was recovered by the Longhorns. Texas capitalized on the short field position, scoring on a 24-yard rush by Johnson, as the Longhorns took a 21-7 lead with 12:48 to go in the third quarter.
NM State drove right down the field, inside the Texas 20-yard line before McDonald threw an interception, giving the Longhorns the ball back with 11:55 left in the third at the Texas 12-yard line. Four plays later, Texas scored on a 54-yard scramble by Ash to extend its lead to 28-7.
Texas would add another touchdown after a three-and-out by the Aggies, making it 35-7 with over eight minutes left in the third quarter. The quarter would end with the score unchanged at 35-7, with NM State driving.
The Longhorns added three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as the game ended at 56-7.
The Aggies will host Minnesota on Sept. 7 in the home opener for NM State, as the Golden Gopher become the first ever Big Ten team to visit Aggie Memorial Stadium.