NMSU Ready for Ohio in Season Opener Saturday
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:42pm
The Aggies (0-0) open the 2011 season against Ohio (0-0) on Sept. 3 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Game time is set for 6:07 p.m. The Aggies have played against two teams from the current Mid-American Conference in Akron and Northern Illinois.
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.
Although the Aggies have never faced Ohio in football, NM State has faced two teams from the current Mid-American Conference, in Akron and Northern Illinois. The Aggies are 2-2 against teams from the current Mid-American Conference.
The first teaming was against Northern Illinois in 1968. The Aggies won 27-13. Twenty years later the Aggies hit the gridiron against Akron, falling 52-7 in 1988. The Aggies then played Northern Illinois in back-to-back season in 1993 and 1994. NM State won the 1993 meeting in Las Cruces, 24-17 but fell in 1994 at Northern Illinois, 48-27.
This will be just the second home game against a team from the Mid-American Conference as the Aggies are 1-0 at Aggie Memorial Stadium and 1-2 away from Las Cruces.
The Bobcats are coming off a very successful 2010 campaign that saw Ohio go 8-5 overall, 5-1 at home and 3-3 on the road. The Bobcats also played in a bowl game against Troy in the New Orleans Bowl, falling 48-21. Ohio also had a conference record of 6-2.
As a team, the Bobcats recorded 326.1 yards per game in 2010, rushing for 163.8 yards a game and passing for 162.3 yards a contest. The offense was also very good in the red-zone, scoring 88 percent of the time. The Bobcats’ defense gave up 353.4 yards a game in 2010, 123.1 yards on the ground and 230.3 yards thru the air.
Individually, the Bobcats will be led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who did not play in 2010. Donte Harden is the Bobcats top returning running back, rushing for 244 yards and three touchdowns in 2010. Riley Dunlop returns to lead the receiving corps after catching 27 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Ohio lost its top four tacklers from 2010. Linebacker Eric Benjamin is the top leading tackler from a year ago, recording 56 tackles and three sacks.