NMSU Scores 34, but Still Loses at Home To Nevada
The New Mexico State football team had career nights from three Aggies on senior night but fell to Nevada, 48-34.
Senior quarterback Matt Christian threw for a career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns. It was his first 400-yard passing game of his career. Senior wide receiver Taveon Rogers was one of Christian's favorite targets and grabbed a career-high 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Rogers leads NM State with eight touchdown receptions this season.
Senior safety Donyae Coleman led the Aggie defensive with a career-high 24 tackles and a forced fumble. NM State moved to 3-5 and 1-3 in the WAC, while the Wolf Pack is now 5-3 and 3-0.
On the opening drive of the game, the Aggies marched down the field in 12-plays and 78-yards to take a 6-0 lead. Christian capped the drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Rogers. The Aggies missed the extra point.
Near the end of the first quarter, Nevada scored to take its first lead of the game, 7-6, when sophomore running back Stephfon Jefferson skirted the sideline for a 26-yard touchdown.
On NM State's first series of the second quarter, the Aggies reclaimed the lead, 13-7, following a 2-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Kenny Turner. The score was set-up thanks to a 46-yard pass from Christian to Rogers on the first play of the drive.
The Wolf Pack answered with an 8-play, 67-yard drive to take a one-point lead, 14-13, with 8:44 to play in the quarter.
The Aggies regained the advantage, 19-14, on Rogers' second touchdown of the game when Christian found him at the corner of the end zone from 16 yards out. The drive included a 69-yard reception from junior wide receiver Kemonte' Bateman.
Nevada responded with a touchdown with 1:33 to play before halftime and only had a one-point lead, 20-19, after a failed two-point conversion.
The Aggies capitalized in the remaining minutes and scored with 26 seconds to play before the break to take a 27-20 lead into half. Christian posted his fourth rushing touchdown of the year on a 15-yard scamper into the end zone and a two-point conversion pass to Turner. Rogers contributed in the drive with a 42-yard reception
In the third quarter, Nevada evened the game, 27-27, on its opening drive. The Wolf Pack then scored twice to take a 41-27 lead.
The Aggies cut Nevada's lead to 41-34 with a five-play, 80-yard drive. Christian threw for his third touchdown of the game, when he found senior wide receiver Todd Lee for a 36-yard touchdown. The Wolf Pack ground attack responded with rushing score to take a 48-34 lead.
The Aggies take a break from WAC play and travel to Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. on CSS TV.