LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 24)-The New Mexico State football team concluded its home schedule Saturday afternoon with a 50-14 loss to Brigham Young University inside Aggie Memorial Stadium.
The Aggies were led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley who finished the game 13-of-24 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Germi Morrison led NM State on the ground with 64 yards rushing on 16 carries. Senior wide receiver Kemonte' Bateman had four receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown to lead the Aggies.
Defensively, junior safety Davis Cazares and junior linebacker Bryan Bonilla reached double-digits in tackles with 10 each. Junior linebacker Trashaun Nixon was right behind with nine total tackles.
NM State's defense began the game by stopping the Cougars on their first two possessions. After starting its initial drive at its own 26-yard line, BYU moved the ball down the field but was stopped on a third down at the Aggie 14-yard line, when Aggie junior nose tackle Kevin Laudermill sacked Cougar quarterback James Lark. BYU kicker Justin Sorensen then proceeded to miss a 39-yard field goal attempt.
After a BYU three-and-out following a NM State punt, the Aggies went on a 12-play, 78-yard drive that was capped off by an eight-yard touchdown pass from Manley to junior tight end Perris Scoggins. It was Scoggins' first career touchdown grab as an Aggie. NM State led 7-0 a couple of minutes into the second quarter.
The Cougars bounced right back with a 12-play drive of their own that culminated with a five-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal from Lark to junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman. The Aggies maintained the lead, however, after Sorensen missed the extra point. NM State held a 7-6 lead midway through the second quarter.
BYU would add two short touchdown passes during its final two drives of the half to take a 20-7 lead heading into the locker room.
NM State's offense was led at the half by Morrison who had 11 carries for 55 rushing yards. Manley led the Aggies through the air by going 7-of-12 passing for 46 yards and one touchdown. Scoggins, meanwhile, had three receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side, Nixon and senior cornerback Jeremy Harris each had six tackles to lead the NM State at the half. Bonilla and junior cornerback Cameron Fuller were right behind with five tackles apiece.
After BYU kicked a field goal on its first possession of the second half, NM State quickly answered with a 67-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field from Manley to Bateman. The drive took only four plays and 1:27 off the clock. The Cougar lead was down to 23-14 with 9:32 left in the third quarter.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, however, that would be the last time they would score in the game. BYU, on the other hand, would go on to score a touchdown during its last four possessions en route to a 50-14 final score.
NM State closes out its season next week when the Aggies travel to San Marcos, Texas, to take on Texas State. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.