NMSU seeking win on Senior Day vs. Alcorn State

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The New Mexico State football team returns to the City of Crosses to take on Alcorn State inside of Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. This is the final home game of the season for the Aggies and the day is set to honor the veterans on the roster for senior day.

WHERE TO WATCH

Aggie fans who cannot make it to Saturday’s contest can stream the game live on AggieVision. Those tuned in get to hear Adam Young on the play-by-play with Danny Knee serving as the analyst for the final game at Aggie Memorial on Nov. 3. 

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. 

SENIOR DAY

This weekend’s clash with Alcorn State is the final home game of the 2018 season for New Mexico State and the team gets set to honor its soon-to-be graduates on senior day.

In total, there are 18 Aggies to be recognized on senior day at Aggie Memorial Stadium including linebackers Terrill Hanks and Derek Ibekwe, defensive back DeMarcus Owens, running back Royce Caldwell, defensive lineman Jassavia Reese, linebacker Malik Demby, quarterback Nick Jeanty, defensive back Tymon Locklin, wide receiver Johnathan Boone, defensive back Ron LaForce, kicker Parker Davidson, long snapper Tim O’Donnell, linebackers Leon McQuaker and Billy Nipp, offensive linemen Billy Sharmoug, Jamin Smith, Isaac McClain and defensive lineman Jackson Solbeck. 

LOOKING AT THE BRAVES

Alcorn State travels to Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday holding a 7-2 overall record with a 4-1 mark on the road. The Braves are riding a three-game winning streak and most recently took down Prairie View on the road, 27-13, this past weekend. 

Through nine games this season, Alcorn State’s offense has put up 33.4 points per game and allowed just 19.1. The Braves offense has had their way this year putting up 458.6 yards of total offense per game with a 186.0 yards coming through the air and 272.6 on the ground. The only quarter that Alcorn State has been outscored was the team’s one overtime, 14-10, and the Braves best quarter of play has been the second outscoring opponents 90-20. 

On defense, the Braves have recorded 41 sacks and 87 total tackles for loss. The prolific defense is also responsible for 11 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. This stellar play on the defensive side of the ball has seen Alcorn State hold eight of its nine opponents under 30 points, with one shutout, and the only time the team gave up more was in a 41-0 loss at Georgia Tech in the season-opener.

IN THE NATION

Nine 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

3                             Blocked Punts                                     2

5                             Blocked Kicks                                      3

6                             Defensive Touchdowns                    3

18                           Fumbles Recovered                           8

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

#1 Jason Huntley (RB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

4                             Kickoff Return Touchdowns     1

22                           All-Purpose Yds. Per Game        130.4 

#7 Javahn Fergurson (LB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

1                             Tackles Per Game                           14.1 

#10 Izaiah Lottie (WR)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

3                             Punt Return Touchdowns          1 

#25 Christian Gibson (RB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

3                             Blocked Kicks                                   2 

#23 Ron LaForce (DB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

4                             Tackles Per Game                           12.5 

#41 Leon McQuaker (LB)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

9                             Tackles Per Game                           11.7

#51 Roy Lopez (DL)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

12                           Fumbles Recovered                       2 

#10 Cedric Wilcots II (DL)

Rank                    Category                                           Value

18                           Sacks Per Game                               0.86 

LAST TIME OUT

The New Mexico State football team made a trip to the Lone Star State to take on Texas State on Saturday night inside of Bobcat Stadium. A first-drive touchdown for the Bobcats in the second half saw the Aggies not able to climb back from two scores down and drop the weekend showdown, 27-20. 

The second quarter opened with the Aggies looking to put a stop to the Bobcats momentum to regain control of the game. NM State did just that on its first drive of the frame. On 4th & 1, Josh Adkins found Drew Dan to move the chains and then on a third-down conversion attempt, a horse-collar penalty set the Crimson & White up with a 1st & Goal from the five. The Bobcats stood strong on the goal line to force a fourth down, but NM State kicker Parker Davidson came in to split the uprights on a 22-yard field goal to put the score at 13-3.

On the next drive for Texas State, the Aggies forced a punt that had a visitor-friendly bounce as NM State took over at its own 49-yard line. Jason Huntley then broke off a 40-yard rush to set up a 1st & Goal. On the first-down play, the Aggies went right back to Huntley who cut inside and then turned it outside and found the end zone on a five-yard rush to put the Aggies down by just three, 13-10.

After forcing another fourth down, the NM State defense came up big once more when Christian Gibson broke off the edge to block the punt and set the Aggies drive up at the Texas State 32-yard line. This great field position saw the series end with a successful 25-yard field goal attempt for Davidson and the Aggies made it 13 unanswered points to tie the game up 13-13. 

Looking to tie the game up early in the fourth frame, NM State moved the ball all the way down to just six yards away from the end zone. The Bobcats thwarted this chance, however, when a pass to the end zone on 3rd & 1 was intercepted to give Texas State the ball back and keep the Aggies down seven.
 
NM State looked to erase this deficit on its final drive of the game. A defensive pass interference on 4th & 5 gave the Aggies new life, but on another fourth down try an incomplete pass ended the hopes of a comeback and the team fell at Texas State, 27-20.
 

NOTABLES: LAST GAME

  •          Parker Davidson’s 22-yard field goal in the second quarter was the kickers first for NM State since doing so against Texas State on 11/19/16.
  •          Shane Jackson’s strip-sack returned 35 yards for a score was the Aggies first career touchdown.
  •          Shea Holebrook Jr. reeled in a season-long reception of 17 yards.
  •          Holebrook also brought in four receptions for 33 yards that set new personal season-highs.
  •          Roy Lopez’s 10 tackles led the NM State squad and also set a new personal career-high for the Aggie. 

UP NEXT

Following the final home game of the season, New Mexico State enters a bye week to get ready for a trip to Provo, Utah to take on BYU on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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