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NMSU Continues Tough Non-Conference Schedule at Minnesota

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 6:35pm

The New Mexico State Aggies (0-1, 0-0) travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to face Big Ten powerhouse Minnesota (0-1, 0-0). This weekend the Aggies and Golden Gophers will meet for the first time on the gridiron. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. (MT) at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10.

The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, as Wayne Larrivee (Play-by-Play) and Brett Basanez (Analyst) bring you all the action from the television booth.

NM State will face Minnesota for the first time in program history this Saturday. In fact, the Aggies have faced four Big Ten teams since the program started back in 1894. NM State's all-time record against teams from the Big Ten is 0-6. The Aggies faced off against Wisconsin, Sept. 29, 1962, in Madison, Wis. The Aggies fell 69-13 to the Badgers.

In 1995, the Aggies traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, to face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Aggies would let the Hawkeyes jump out to a 42-0 lead at halftime, before outscoring Iowa, 21-17, in the second half. The Aggies would fall to the Hawkeyes, 59-21. The Aggies have also played newly acquired member Nebraska three times and Ohio State in 2009. NM State was beaten by the Buckeyes, 45-0.  The Aggies hold a winning record against one BCS school, Iowa State, as NM State leads that series 1-0.

Minnesota is coming off a week one loss to Southern California, 19-17. The Golden Gophers racked up 302 yards of total offense against the Trojans, 110 on the ground and 192 through the air. Defensively as a team, Minnesota allowed 371 yards of total offense.

Individually, the Golden Gophers played two quarterbacks in the game. Max Shortell threw of 98 yards on 7-of-13 passing, with one touchdown and an interception, while MarQueis Gray threw for 94 yards on 7-of-12 passing. Running back Duane Bennett led the rushing attack with 53 yards and a touchdown, while wide receivers Malcolm Moulton and DaJon McKnight each caught four passes with 51 yards and 48 yards respectively. Wide receiver Brandon Green caught the lone Minnesota touchdown, a 12-yard catch.
Defensively, Brook Vereen led the Golden Gophers with 13 tackles, followed by Troy Stoudermire and Kim Royston with 11 each.

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