NMSU looks to stay bowl eligible with win at Texas State

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The New Mexico State football team heads to San Marcos, Texas to take on Texas State this Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. MT inside of Bobcat Stadium. This is the second year in a row the Aggies make a trip to take on the Bobcats with the team getting the road win, 45-35.

WHERE TO WATCH

Aggie fans who cannot make it to Bobcat Stadium on Saturday can stream the game live on ESPN3. David Saltzman is set to handle the play-by-play for the contest with Keith Moreland serving as the analyst.

LISTEN UP!

Fans can also listen in to every Aggie game this season on the Aggie Sports Network with NM State Athletics/US Bank Hall of Famer Jack Nixon on the call and Cory Lucas as the analyst. The broadcast can be heard on the flagship station, 99.5 FM KXPZ or with the TuneIn app.

Affiliates:        

Alamagordo – 103.7 FM KNMZ

Albuquerque – 1150 AM KNMM

Carlsbad – 1240 AM KAMQ

El Paso – 1380 AM KHEY

Gallup – 1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA

Las Vegas – 107.1 FM KMDS

STAY CONNECTED

Get up to the minute information and news about the NM State football team all season on Twitter by following @NMStateFootball, on Instagram by following @NMStateFB and through Facebook.com/NMSUFootball.

LOOKING AT THE BOBCATS

Texas State gets set to host NM State on Saturday as the opponent holds a 1-6 overall record, with the only win coming over Texas Southern, 36-20, in week two. The Bobcats most recent game saw the team lose on the road at Louisiana-Monroe, 20-14, this past Saturday.

The opposition recently announced that quarterbacks coach Brett Elliott takes over the offensive game plan for the rest of the season and that Zak Kuhr remains as the running backs coach and joins the entire offensive staff with the preparation of the offensive game plan this week and the remainder of the 2018 season.

NM State and Texas State each recently faced a common opponent in Georgia Southern with the Aggies playing the Eagles on Oct. 20 in a 48-31 loss and the Bobcats fell 15-13 on Oct. 11. Texas State held Georgia Southern to 164 yards rushing on 52 carries and 215 yards of total offense after the Eagles entered the game leading the Sun Belt in rushing offense with 275.2 yards per game and averaging 375 yards of total offense. The Bobcats join Clemson as the only two schools to hold Georgia Southern below 200 yards rushing and 28 points.

This season, the Bobcats defense allows 28.3 points per game and has given up an average of 364.7 yards of total offense through seven games. The defense is led by Bryan London II who has a team-high 67 tackles with 4.0 for loss and two forced fumbles. London II also had a game-high seven solo stops and 1.0 tackle for loss against Georgia Southern.

Texas State’s offense enters the game scoring 21.3 points per game with an average of 131.0 yards coming on the ground and 189.7 through the air each contest this season. Freshman Tyler Vitt leads the Bobcat offense under center as the quarterback has thrown for 765 yards with six touchdowns. The rushing attack for Texas State has been well spread out with four players running for over 150 yards this year.

IN THE NATION

Eight games through the 2018 college football season, NM State along with a handful of Aggies are ranked in the top-25 nationally.

As a team, NM State is ranked in the top-25 in four categories…

Rank                    Category                                           Value

11                           Blocked Punts                                  1

15                           Blocked Kicks                                   2

15                           Defensive Touchdowns               2

19                           Fumbles Recovered                       7

Individually, the Aggies have seven players ranked in the top-25 nationally as well…

#1 Jason Huntley (RB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

4                             Kickoff Return Touchdowns     1

24                           All-Purpose Yds. Per Game        129.4

#7 Javahn Fergurson (LB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

1                             Tackles Per Game                           15.0

#10 Izaiah Lottie (WR)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

3                             Punt Return Touchdowns          1

#41 Leon McQuaker (LB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

4                             Tackles Per Game                           12.7

#23 Ron LaForce (DB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

5                             Tackles Per Game                           12.5

#51 Roy Lopez (DL)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

10                           Fumbles Recovered                       2

#10 Cedric Wilcots II (DL)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

12                           Sacks Per Game                               1.00

LAST TIME OUT

The New Mexico State football team played host to former Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern on Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. After giving up the lead in the second quarter, the Aggies could not climb out of the hole and fell to the Eagles, 48-31.

In a game full of early lead changes, the first three drives of the contest ended in scores. After receiving the kick to open, NM State (2-6) moved meticulously down the field for a drive that only saw one third down. This series ended with a five-yard touchdown rush for Christian Gibson to put the Aggies ahead 7-0 just 3:32 into the game.

Georgia Southern (6-1) was then able to answer on its initial drive. A 33-yard rush by the Eagles quarterback followed by a run for 15-yards had the opposition sitting in the red zone. Then the NM State defense stood strong to force a fourth down before Georgia Southern knocked down a 41-yard field goal to put the lead for the Crimson & White at 7-3.

NM State was then able to orchestrate another successful series on the ensuing drive. After moving all the way down to a 1st & Goal situation, the Aggies handed the ball off to Jason Huntley who rushed in from nine yards out to put the team ahead 14-3.

The Eagles then got the final score on the first half after moving into the red zone with under 30 seconds remaining. GS then used a five-yard quarterback keeper to get in the end zone with just six seconds remaining. This score put the Aggies behind 24-17 at halftime.

As the fourth quarter opened, the Aggies deficit increased. Although the NM State defense was able to make a strong stance, the Eagles still brought out the special teams unit and split the uprights on a 25-ard field goal attempt to put the Crimson & White down 48-24.

Before the clock hit zero, NM State was able to get back on the board. Jason Huntley added to his multiple scores with another one-yard touchdown rush. This score brought the Aggies closer, but it was not enough and NM State fell to Georgia Southern, 48-31.

NOTABLES: LAST GAME

·         Caleb Mills made his first career reception as an Aggie with his nine-yard catch for a first down on the team’s opening drive versus Georgia Southern.

·         Jason Huntley’s three rushing touchdowns set a new career-high for the NM State running back.

·         Ron LaForce set a new personal career-high in tackles with 21.

·         NM State had four rushing touchdowns against Georgia Southern. This was the first time the team had four rushing scores since playing Idaho on 10/31/15.

·         Christian Gibson had 14 rushes and two receptions for 11 yards against the Eagles, all which are new personal career-highs.

·         Royce Caldwell had 32 kickoff return yards which sets a new career-high, topping his previous high of 21 at No. 13 Ole Miss on 10/10/15.

UP NEXT

Following the matchup in the Lone Star State, the New Mexico State football team returns to the City of Crosses for the final home game of the season against Alcorn State on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. MT, inside of Aggie Memorial Stadium.

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