The Aggies’ football team (1-6, 0-3) hosts No. 24 Louisiana Tech (6-1, 1-0) Saturday, Oct. 27 at Aggie Memorial Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will also be the sixth meeting between the two schools in Las Cruces, where the Aggies are 4-2. The home team has lost just two games in the series, which stands at 7-4 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Aggies are 10-11 against Division I-A teams from Louisiana and 12-11 overall against all teams from Louisiana. NM State is 5-5 in its last ten contests against teams from Louisiana.
You can listen to all the action with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon and color analyst Jason Scott beginning at 5 p.m. on KGRT 104 FM. Also catch the action in Spanish with Martin Cortez and Bob Sherman on Vista 98.7 FM.
The game will be televised on Aggie Vision around the state of New Mexico on Comcast, My50-TV (KASY) in Albuquerque, Comcast SportsNet Houston, El Paso-Las Cruces 24-hour Weather Channel available over the air on channel 7.3 or on Comcast Cable channel 204 in Las Cruces or Time Warner Cable channel 367 in El Paso, ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan .
New Mexico State/ Louisiana Tech, the Series
This will be just the 12th meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs lead the series at 7-4. The first meeting between the two schools was back in 1967 when the Aggies crushed Louisiana Tech, 48-7. NM State then traveled to Ruston, La., in 1968 as the Bulldogs were victorious, 42-24.
The series then took a 15-year break before resurfacing in 1983, as the Aggies beat the Bulldogs 15-7 in Las Cruces. In 1995, the Aggies again hosted the Bulldogs as Cody Ledbetter threw for a team record five touchdowns in a 48-13 win. In their first conference battle in the WAC during 2005, the Bulldogs beat the Aggies, 34-14, in Ruston. The Aggies then ended the 2006 season with a 50-23 win over the Bulldogs in Las Cruces before losing at LA Tech beat NM State 22-21, in 2007. The following year the Bulldogs defeated NM State 35-31 in Las Cruces. Last season the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 44-0 in Ruston.
Scouting the Bulldogs
The No. 24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 6-1 overall in 2012 with a 1-0 WAC record. This past weekend the Bulldogs defeated Idaho, 70-28. The Bulldogs are 3-0 on the road this season and 3-0 on their home turf.
As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 56.1 points per game and allowing 38.0 points a contest. They are putting up 581.6 yards a game, 333.9 yards through the air and 247.7 yards a game on the ground. The Bulldogs have scored 94 percent of the time they are in the red zone, while their opponents are scoring 90 percent of the time inside the 20-yard line.
Individually for the Bulldogs, Colby Cameron leads the passing attack with 329.4 yards a game with 20 touchdowns on the season. Kenneth Dixon heads the Bulldog running attack with 767 yards on the ground this season and 16 touchdowns. Quinton Patton leads the receiving corps with 59 receptions and 806 yards and team leading 10 touchdowns.
Antonio Mitchum is LA Tech’s leading tackler on defense with 51 on the season, followed by Jamel Johnson with 46.
The Last Season against the Bulldogs
The New Mexico State football team fell to Louisiana Tech, 44-0, in Ruston, La. Kenny Turner led the Aggies with 149 yards rushing on 29 carries. It was Turner’s sixth 100-yard game of the season. Travaughn Colwell threw for 119 yards on 15-of-25 passing. Taveon Rogers caught five passes for 56 yards. Donyae Coleman led the Aggie defense with eight tackles and his sixth interception of the season.
The Bulldogs took the opening drive of the second half right down the field and pushed their lead to 30-0 with 11:47 left in the third quarter. The Aggies would then turn the ball over on downs to give LA Tech the ball back with 8:35 to go in the third.
Coleman then picked off a LA Tech pass, his sixth of the season, giving the ball back to the Aggies. The Aggies were forced to punt and on the punt return, the Bulldogs took it back 82 yards to take a 37-0 lead with 5:19 left in the third quarter.
LA Tech added another touchdown late in the third to go up 44-0 on NM State. The Aggies would drive inside the LA Tech 10-yard line but Tyler Stampler would miss a 31-yard field goal attempt off the left upright, as the score remained 44-0 with 11:45 left in the game.
Neither team could find the end zone again as the game ended at 44-0 in favor of LA Tech.
LA Tech took an early lead at 3-0 with a 33-yard field goal mid-way thru the first quarter. NM State could not get the offense started and were forced to punt again. LA Tech then marched 89 yards on 10 plays to take a 9-0 lead after a missed PAT with 5:24 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies drove deep into LA Tech’s field but could not convert on a fourth and long, turning the ball over on downs. The NM State defense held the Bulldogs and forced a punt. The Aggies were driving but an interception by Colwell gave the ball back to LA Tech. Green then intercepted the Bulldogs first pass of their drive to give the ball back to NM State with 9:24 left in the half. It was Green’s first interception of his career.
The Aggies’ offense would again go deep into the Bulldogs part of the field but were forced to punt after two straight sacks by LA Tech. The Bulldogs would take over inside their own five-yard line with four minutes on the clock.
The Bulldogs moved the ball down the field and inside the NM State five-yard line with just under a minute to play. A one-yard rushing touchdown gave LA Tech a 16-0 advantage with less than 30 seconds in the half.
LA Tech then intercepts Colwell’s pass and returned it for a touchdown to go up 23-0 going into the locker room at halftime.
Colwell threw for 103 yards in the first half, as Turner rushed for 59 yards on nine carries. Rogers caught four passes for 49 yards. Coleman led the defense with five tackles.
NM State Recent History against Ranked Opponents
The Aggies have locked up with nationally ranked opponents 18 times since 1999. The Aggies lone win in those games came back in 1999 when the Aggies stunned No. 22 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., 35-7.
The Aggies have faced at least one ranked opponent each season since 1999, (except for 2011) competing against three in 2001 (No. 5 Texas, No. 22 Oregon State, No. 12 Kansas State). NM State faced No. 6 Boise State and No. 17 Ohio State in 2009.
Five of the Aggies’ 17 games against ranked opponents have been played in Aggie Memorial Stadium, while NM State has been outscored by their ranked opponents by an average of 27.25 points per game.
The Aggies last ranked opponent was No. 18 Nevada in 2010. The Aggies lost 52-6. The highest ranked opponent NM State has faced at home was No. 3 Boise State back in the 2010 season as well.
Morrison Continues to Run Strong
Running back Germi Morrison has stepped into the lead running back position over the last few games for the Aggies. Against Utah State, Morrison had a career-high 96 yards on 19 carries. He also caught a career-high four passes for 28 yards.
On the season, Morrison has 359 yards on the ground to lead NM State on 75 carries with one touchdown. He is sixth on the WAC in rushing yards per game with 51.3.
Walls’ Career Day
Tight end Trevor Walls continues to be a productive play maker for the Aggies this season. Versus Utah State, Walls caught a single game career-high three passes for 37 yards and a long of 29 yards, also a career-high. Walls is averaging 11.0 yards a catch with one touchdown.
For his career, Walls has 17 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.7 yards a catch.
Sacking the QB
The Aggie defense had three sacks against Utah State this past weekend. It was the most for the Aggies as a team this season. NM State has recorded three of more sacks in a game only four other times since the 2009 season. Donte Savage had two against Utah State, while Trashaun Nixon recorded the other sack.
On the season, NM State has 10 sacks.
Savage Close to Breaking into Top-5
Defensive end Donte Savage had his best game of the 2012 season against Utah State. Savage tied a season-high six tackles, two sacks, two and half tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries. He was named an honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by College Football Performance.
On the season, Savage has three sacks and 27 tackles. His three sacks ranks tied for seventh in the WAC this season. Savage is also tied for seventh in tackles for a loss in the conference.
For his career, Savage has 127 tackles, 27.0 for a loss, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, a blocked PAT and a blocked punt. Savage looks to make his mark on the sack record book. He currently has 14 for his career and needs two to break into the top five all-time at NM State.
Callender Stepping Up at Safety
Safety George Callender has made is impact felt in the Aggie secondary this season. Against Utah State, Callender tallied nine tackles. It was the third time this season that Callender recorded nine tackles in a game. On the season, Callender has 44 tackles, 30 of those are solo efforts.
Franklin Continues to Be the Aggies’ Top Receiver
Wide receiver Austin Franklin recorded his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season against Idaho with a team-leading nine catches for 115 yards. He has six 100-yard receiving games in his career, including fifth this season (Sac State – 236; UTEP – 107; New Mexico – 107; UTSA – 105; Idaho - 115)
Franklin also leads the team in scoring with 50 points on eight touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion catch. He is tied for seventh in the conference in scoring with 7.1 points per game.
Nationally, Franklin ranks third in receiving yards per game, is 11th in receptions per game and 45th in all-purpose yards. He ranks first in the WAC in receiving yards per game and second in receptions per game.
Franklin saw action in all 13 games for NM State in 2011 at wide receiver and as a returner of kickoffs and punts. He grabbed 34 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns on the season, including 22 yards rushing on four carries. Franklin also returned three kicks for 103 yards including a long of 54. He registered a career-high eight receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown at BYU.
For his career, Franklin has caught 84 passes for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.
Franklin’s Award List Grows
New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin was added to the 2012 Biletnikoff Watch List in late September and most recently was named a fourth team Mid-Season All-American by Phil Steele Magazine.
The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, the Florida State University All-America receiver and a Pro-Football Hall of Famer. The award has been given out for the past 17 years. This is the second straight season an Aggie wide receiver has been named to the watch list. (Taveon Rogers – 2011)
Franklin has caught 40 passes for 826 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the Aggies. He has also tallied 881 all-purpose yards.
The recipient of the 2012 Biletnikoff Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards in early December. The Biletnikoff Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the University Center Club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Nixon the Man in the Middle
Linebacker Trashaun Nixon had a career game against Idaho. On the first play of the game, Nixon recorded his first career interception. He also a team-high eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries.
He followed that performance with seven tackles, a sack, a tackles for a loss and a quarterback hurry versus Utah State.
Nixon is fourth in the WAC with 8.3 tackles a game, ranking 80th in the country. He is also fourth in the WAC in tackles for a loss.
On the season, Nixon is second on the team in tackles with 51, with six tackles for a loss, a sack, three quarterback hurries, a pass break up, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Bateman Coming on as of Late
Wide receiver Kemonte Bateman has been quietly putting up numbers over the last five games for NM State. He has recorded at least five receptions in four of the five games, including a season-high seven against UTEP and UTSA. He also had a career-high 115 yards versus UTEP. Bateman has two touchdowns in the last five games.
Since the UTEP game, Bateman has 27 receptions, which is second on the team, 348 yards receiving, averaging 13.6 yards a catch and two touchdowns, averaging 81.8 yards a contest.
On the season, Bateman has caught 33 passes for 426 yards and two scores. He ranks fourth in the WAC in receiving yards per game and fifth in receptions per game.
Tight Ends Get in the Mix
Over the last three games, tight ends Trevor Walls and Perris Scoggins have made some big plays for the Aggie offense. Scoggins is fourth on the team is receptions over the last three games with seven catches for 82 yards, averaging 11.7 yards per catch.
Walls has caught three passes for 29 yards, averaging 9.7 yards a catch. He also caught his first career touchdown pass against UTSA on an 8-yard pass from Manley.
In the Aggies first two games, the tight ends had no receptions.
Harris Quietly putting Up Numbers this Season
Cornerback Jeremy Harris recorded a career-high two pass break ups against Idaho. He followed that performance with six tackles against Utah State. On the season he leads the team in pass break ups with five, ranking him tied for seventh in the WAC. He also ranks tied for seventh in the conference in forced fumbles with two, which also leads the Aggies.
On the season, Harris has 33 tackles, an interception, five pass break ups and two forced fumbles.
Cazares Leads Team in Tackles
Safety Davis Cazares currently leads the team in tackles with 68 thru seven games. He also leads the WAC in tackles per game and is 29th in the nation. Cazares had a career day against New Mexico with 19 tackles and a forced fumble. He had eight solo tackles and 11 assisted. On the season, Cazares has recorded four games with double-digit tackles.
Cazares' previous high was 10 tackles against Sacramento State to start the season. He then followed that performance with a 10 tackles against UTSA.
In 2011, Cazares played in 13 games for the Aggies on special teams and at safety. He tallied 12 tackles on the season. Cazares recorded a season-high three tackles against Fresno State (Nov. 12) and two tackles versus Ohio (Sept. 3), New Mexico (Oct. 1) and Nevada (Oct. 29).
For his career, Cazares has 88 tackles and a forced fumble.
Manley by the Numbers
This season, Manley has thrown for 1,807 yards and 121 touchdowns, completing 54.6 percent of his passes.
Against UTEP, Manley surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark with 290 yards on 20-of-47 passing. Manley has thrown for over 200 yards in a game nine times in his career and has now thrown a touchdown pass in nine straight games. Against Idaho, Manley recorded his third 300-yard passing game, with 309 yards on 28-of-45 passing and a touchdown. He broke the 3,000-yard passing mark for his career in that game as well.
Manley is currently third in the WAC in passing yards per game (258.1) and fourth in total offense per game (243.9).
For his career, Manley has thrown for 3,303 yards and 19 touchdowns, while completing 54.5 percent of his pass attempts.
Chapman-Brown Bootin’ the Ball
Punter Cayle Chapman-Brown debuted in the Crimson and White with a splash. Chapman-Brown kicked six punts for 303 yards, averaging 50.5 yards a punt, with a long of 63. He also recorded three punts over 50 yards and had three punts downed inside the Sacramento State 20-yard line.
On the season, Chapman-Brown has 38 punts for 1,643 yards, averaging 43.2 yards a punt, with 10 punts over 50 yards. He was named an honorable mention Punter of the Week by College Football Performance following his five punt performance, which averaged 50.8 yards per punt against New Mexico.
Chapman-Brown currently ranks second in punting averaging in the WAC and 20th in the nation.
Chapman-Brown played one season at Snow College as the team's starting punter. He played in 12 games for Snow College, booting 53 punts for 2,296 yards, while averaging 43.3 yards a punt. Chapman-Brown's season-long was 68 yards. He was named a first team All-Western States Football League and an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. He ranked as the No. 3 punter in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Stampler Looks to Move up Record Books
Place kicker Tyler Stampler has already etched his name in the record books at NM State but this season could be a record-breaking year for him. He currently ranks seventh in field goals made (25) and attempted (35), sixth in PATs made (68), sixth attempted (73) and eighth in PAT percentage (.929).
To start the 2012 season, Stampler has nailed 19 of 19 PATs this season and has hit his last 25 straight. He is also 2-of-3 on the season in field goal attempts including a long of 42 against Idaho.
Stampler handled the field goal and extra point duties for the Aggies in 2011. On the season, Stampler was 34-of-38 on point after attempts, hitting his first 25 of the season and 7-of-12 on field goal attempts, with a long of 39 yards. He also scored 55 points on the season and has eclipsed the 100 point mark for his career.
The Lineman Chart
The offensive line is a position in the game of football that has no stats or glory but could possibly be one of the most important positions on the field. Let’s take a look at the grade sheet for the NM State offensive line in week seven of the season.
Guard Andy Cunningham led the Aggies with four knockdowns against Utah State.
Additions to the Staff in 2012
The Aggies welcome four new coaches to the staff in 2012. Jerry McManus takes over as offensive coordinator for the departed Doug Martin, while David Elson will handle the defensive coordinator duties after the retirement of Dale Lindsey. Both McManus and Elson have several years at the college level as top assistants, while Elson holds head coaching experience.
Brad Bedell comes to NM State as the new offensive line coach, while Romeo Bandison will oversee the defensive line. Bedell and Bandison each have professional football playing experience, while Bandison has coached at top programs like Boise State and Colorado.
Honors in 2011
The New Mexico State football team received several honors after the 2011 football season both for on-the-field accomplishments and in the classroom. Taveon Rogers was selected as a third team Yahoo Sports and honorable mention Pro Football Weekly All-American teams. Five players including Rogers, Donyae Coleman, Davonte Wallace, Jonte Green and Kenny Turner all garnered All-WAC honors the most all-conference picks since joining the WAC. Valerian Ume-Ezeoke was also named to the Rivals.com Freshman All-WAC team. Defensive lineman David Niumatalolo was selected as CoSIDA Academic All-American, the team’s first Academic All-American since 1999. The Aggies also landed 16 players on the Academic All-WAC list.
House, Green and Rogers Playing in the NFL
The Aggies currently have three players in the NFL. Defensive back Davon House who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, becoming the first Aggies to be drafted since 2003. In 2012, defensive back Jonte Green was selected in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions, while wide receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. Rogers has since moved to defensive back.
Aggies on Twitter
The Aggie Athletics department has a Twitter account where media and fans can get all your in-game scores at www.twitter.com/nmstateaggies. Head Coach DeWayne Walker also has a twitter account for all the latest football news, as media and fans can go to www.twitter.com/dwalkerfootball.