NM State Set for Rio Grande Rivalry at New Mexico

Courtesy of NMSU

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Following a week off, the NM State football team is set to travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to take on Rio Grande rival New Mexico on Saturday at 6 p.m. The contest will air on ROOT Sports and will be broadcast on the flagship station AM 570 in Las Cruces.

The Aggies dropped a heartbreaking 50-47 overtime loss to Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Sept. 19. After NM State took an early lead on their first drive, the two teams traded touchdowns often for a regulation score that was knotted at 44-44. The Aggies began overtime with the ball, and freshman Parker Davidson hit his second career field goal, this time a 44-yard score, to give the home team the lead. On UTEP’s drive, Miner quarterback Ryan Metz found Cedrick Lang in the end zone for a 6-yard pass and the win.

“I asked our team to be physical enough to go toe-to-toe with them, and I thought we out-hit them tonight,” said head coach Doug Martin. “We have to learn how to finish games. In order to win, we have to finish on both sides of the ball, so it’s a process of learning how to win. But I’ll tell you what you can see is that talent level-wise we’ve really improved over the last two years.”

NM State led the game in passing yards with 285 yards compared to UTEP’s 273 yards and in total offense with 551 yards to the Miners’ 542 yards. The Aggies scored on all six red zone chances with five touchdowns and one field goal from inside the 20-yard line. Davidson also went 2-for-2 on field goals.

Larry Rose III continues to lead the Aggies’ rushing efforts as he amassed 196 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. The sophomore averaged 9.8 yards per carry and had a long rush of 82 yards. Rose III now has 329 total rushing yards and three touchdowns. He averages 109.7 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry.

Teldrick Morgan racked up 151 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. The Hanover, Md. native had a long reception of 78 yards against the Miners. He also collected 45 return yards and nine rushing yards for a game-high 205 all-purpose yards. Morgan is second on the team in receiving yards with 249 on 13 catches. He averages 83.0 yards per game and 19.2 yards per catch. Tyrian Taylor leads the team in receiving with 264 yards and three touchdowns on 14 catches. The junior chipped in 39 receiving yards and a touchdown on two catches against UTEP.

Tyler Rogers completed 14 of his 28 pass attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Rogers has seven touchdowns on the season and has thrown for 866 yards through the first three games. Overall, the junior has completed 60-of-111 pass attempts for a 54.1 percent completion rate.

Jaden Wright garnered a career-high 15 tackles against UTEP. He has a team-high 33 tackles on the season, with 19 unassisted tackles and 14 assisted tackles. The sophomore also has one interception and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Derek Ibekwe ranks second on the team in tackles. He amassed 12 tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery against the Miners. Overall, Ibekwe has 23 tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble this season.

NM State and New Mexico have a long history, with their first meeting occurring on New Year’s Day in 1894, eight years before the first Rose Bowl. The teams played six games against each other before New Mexico became a state. New Mexico leads the series 69-31-5 and has won the last three meetings. NM State last defeated the Lobos on Oct. 1, 2011 as they captured a 42-28 win in Albuquerque.

UNM holds a 2-2 record on the season after defeating Wyoming 38-28 last Saturday. Lamar Jordan racked up 150 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, while Jhurell Pressley added a touchdown and 109 yards on 17 carries. Richard McQuarley gained 55 yards and scored two touchdowns on five carries.

In addition to AM 570, the game will be broadcast on the following affiliate stations:
Alamagordo – 103.7 KNMZ-FM
Albuquerque – 1240 KDSK-AM/93.7 K229CL-FM
Carlsbad – 1240 KAMQ-AM
Gallup – KYVA-AM

Notes

  • NM State’s game captains were Rodney Butler (defense), Alex Trujillo (defense), Robert Wagner (defense), Teldrick Morgan (offense) and Andy Cunningham (offense).
  • NM State wore special commemorative helmets with the Zia Sun Symbol as the decal. This is the first time these decals have been worn on an NM State helmet.
  • NM State led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. This is the first time the Aggies have led at the end of the first quarter since 2002 when they held a 21-7 lead against UTEP in Aggie Memorial Stadium.
  • This was the first overtime game for NM State since 2005 when they fell 38-37 in double-overtime to Idaho in Aggie Memorial Stadium.
  • Greg Hogan scored his first touchdown of the season.
  • Teldrick Morgan had a career-long 77-yard reception in the third quarter. NM State scored on the next snap.
  • Larry Rose III had a career-long 82 yard rush. On the next snap, Rogers completed an 8-yard pass to Tyrian Taylor for a touchdown.
  • Jacob Nwangwa had his first career interception, which he returned 41-yards for a touchdown, in the third quarter. This was the first time an Aggie returned an interception for a touchdown since Davon House against Hawai’i in 2010.
  • Quarterback Tyler Rogers had his second career punt, this time a 23-yard punt for a touchback.
  • Freshman Parker Davidson kicked his first career field goal, a 38-yard field goal to give NM State a 16-9 lead. He also made a 44-yard field goal to take the lead in overtime.
  • Tyler Rogers accounted for four touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush). He is the first Aggie to have done this since Kenny Turner vs. Fresno State in 2011.
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