The New Mexico State football team (1-8) hosts ACC power Boston College (4-4, 2-3), Saturday, Nov. 9. Kickoff between these two teams is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (MT).
This week’s game against Boston College will be the first time a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference has ever played in Aggie Memorial Stadium. It will be the third team from the ACC, NM State has ever faced on the grid iron.
You can listen to all the action with Jay Sanderson and color analyst Preston Williams beginning at 5 p.m. on KGRT 104 FM. Also catch the action in Spanish with Bob Sherman and Sal Betancourt on Vista 98.7 FM.
The game will be televised on AggieVision, as play-by-play man Jeff Matthews and color analyst Danny Knee call all the action from Aggie Memorial Stadium. The game will be seen live on Comcast (New Mexico only), live on CSN-Houston, live on CW-El Paso, live on Altitude 2, live on FS-Arizona and live on KASY in Albuquerque.
NM State against the ACC
When NM State takes the field to compete against Boston College on Nov. 9, it will be for the first time in school history that the Aggies have played the Eagles. It is not the first time that the Aggies have competed against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Back in 1964, the Aggies played at Florida State and in 1998 NM State traveled to Georgia to play Georgia Tech. The Aggies lost both contests and are 0-2 against current ACC members.
In 2001, the Aggies competed at Louisville, which is a future member of the ACC, in their only game in school history. The Aggies lost 45-24.
The game against Boston College will mark the first time that an ACC opponent will play in Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College enters Saturday’s game with a 4-4 overall record and an 0-3 record in games on the road this season. The Eagles are 2-3 in conference play. This will be the fourth road game for Boston College this season.
Offensively, BC is averaging 333.4 yards of total offense on the year, while allowing opponents to gain 420.5 yards per game. The Eagles are converting on 31 percent of their third-down chances, while scoring 94 percent of the time in the red zone. BC is holding its opponents to 40 percent on third down.
Individually for the Eagles, quarterback Chase Rettig has thrown for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. Running back Andre Williams leads the BC offense with 1,176 yards on the ground and 10 scores, while wide receiver Alex Amidon has caught a team-leading 49 passes for 638 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Kevin Pierre-Louis leads the team with 73 tackles, followed by Steele Divitto with 62. Kasim Edebali has a team leading 11 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.
Martin as the OC at BC
In 2012, Aggie head coach Doug Martin was the offensive coordinator at Boston College. Martin left NM State after the 2011 season to take the offensive coordinator position at Boston College. The Eagles ranked 47th in the nation in passing offense, as Martin guided wide receiver Alex Amidon and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary to All-ACC honors. Amidon finished the season ranked 11th among all receivers in the country in receiving yards per game (100.8). He ranks second among all ACC receiving in both receptions per game (6.5) and receiving yards per game.
McDonald Career Night
Quarterback Andrew McDonald threw for a career night against Louisiana this past weekend. He recorded a career-high 327 yards on 24-of-34 passing, including a career-high three touchdown passes. He also rushed for eight yards and a score.
On the season, McDonald has thrown for 1,800 yards, 10 touchdowns and is completing 67.2 percent of his passes. He is also third on the team in rushing with 200 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Freshman defensive back Thomas Warren has played in six games this season and until the Aggies’ game against Louisiana had only nine tackles. Against Louisiana though, Warren rallied a career-high 14 tackles and his first-career tackle for a loss. It was also Thomas’ first-career start at defensive back.
Colwell a Weapon for the Aggies
Travaughn Colwell has become a weapon for the Aggie offense this season. The junior utility player saw action at quarterback, running back and wide receiver against Louisiana.
In that game, Colwell completed his only two passing attempts, while rushing for a team-high 58 yards and caught one pass, which resulted in his first-career touchdown reception, a 36-yard catch from quarterback Andrew McDonald.
For his career, Colwell has close to 500 yards passing and over 200 yards rushing, including three touchdown passes and a touchdown reception.
Hall Runs Well in First Start
Freshman running back Xavier Hall started his first game against Louisiana in the Aggie backfield. Hall rushed for 29 yards and his first-career touchdown, on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Hall has played in all nine games for the Aggies on special teams this season.
Nixon Sacks the QB
Linebacker Trashaun Nixon has recorded more tackles in the opponent’s backfield this season than anyone else on the team. Against Louisiana, Nixon recorded a career-high two sacks, bringing his total for the year to 2.5. He also tallied seven tackles and a forced fumble.
On the season, Nixon is third on the team in tackles with 62. He has tallied 10.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.
For his career, Nixon has 158 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, six pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
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 nine of the season:
Tackle Andy Cunningham led the Aggies with 13 knockdowns against Louisiana.
New Mexico State is just one of two schools in the country that have a left-footed kicker at both its starting punter (Cayle Chapman-Brown) and starting field goal kicker (Maxwell Johnson). Tennessee is the only other school to have this combination. However, Michael Palardy handles both positions for the Vols.
Wallace and the Streak
Offensive left tackle Davonte Wallace returns for his senior season, anchoring the Aggies’ offensive line. He has started in 44 straight games for the Aggies on the offensive line.
Wallace played in 83 plays at Texas, recording four knockdowns and allowed no sacks. He earned a 93percent assignment rating against Texas. Against Minnesota, Wallace earned three knockdowns and allowed no sacks or pressure on quarterback plays. He had a 98percent assignment rating with three knockdowns against UTEP, but did allow two pressures on quarterback plays. Wallace struggled against UCLA and gave up two sacks and two pressure plays but did record three knockdowns. He allowed no sacks or pressure on the quarterback against SDSU, while recording four knockdowns. Wallace had 4.5 knockdowns against UNM but allowed 2.5 sacks, then allowed no sacks and tallied five knockdowns against Rice. In the Aggies win over ACU, Wallace had eight knockdowns and allowed one pressure on the quarterback plays. He had a 91percent assignment rating against Louisiana, with seven knockdowns, but allowed one sack.
In 2012, Wallace earned second team All-WAC honors for the second straight season. He became the first offensive lineman since the 2003 and 2004 season to earn back-to-back all-conference awards. He was a vital part of the Aggies pass protection that allowed wide receiver Austin Franklin to earn All-America honors.
Wallace also helped quarterback Andrew Manley throw for 2,764 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012, as he ranked 47th in the nation in passing. The 2,764 passing yards by Manley is sixth all-time in a single season, while the 18 touchdown passes rank tied for seventh in a single season.
Local New Mexicans Heavily Represented on 2013 Roster
The 2013 New Mexico State football team is well represented with players from the Land of Enchantment. The roster features 20 players in all from New Mexico, including six from Las Cruces and 10 from the surrounding Albuquerque area.
Local players expected to contribute to the squad this season include wide receivers Joshua Bowen and Adam Shapiro, running backs Brandon Betancourt and Xavier Hall, kicker Brock Baca, offensive lineman Abram Holland and defensive lineman Matt Ramondo.
NM State joins Sun Belt in Football Only Starting 2014
New Mexico State University and its athletics department announced in the spring of 2013 that an invitation has been extended and accepted to join the Sun Belt Conference as a football-only member. This move is pending NM State Board of Regents approval. NM State will begin competition in the Sun Belt in the fall of 2014.
There is no question that the Sun Belt Conference is a league on the rise in football. The conference finished with its most non-conference wins in league history in 2012 and also sent a record four teams to bowl games. The conference also finished the 2012 season with its best-ever average computer ranking – finishing ahead of Conference USA and the Mountain West. The league also had two wins over top-25 ranked opponents and Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State won their respective bowl games.
Chapman-Brown named to Ray Guy Watch List
Punter Cayle Chapman-Brown was named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch list for the best punter in the nation.
In the first game of the 2013 season, Chapman-Brown punted the ball nine times for an average of 39.3 yards per punt with a long of 47 yards. Against Minnesota in game two, Chapman-Brown booted the ball five times for an average of 48.8 with a long of 73 yards. His 73-yard punt is the fifth-longest punt in school history. Versus UTEP, Chapman-Brown booted the ball five times for 225 yards, averaging 45 yards a punt, with a long of 66. Against UCLA, Chapman-Brown punted the ball twice for 73 yards, averaging 36.5 yards a kick. Versus New Mexico, Chapman-Brown recorded his best yards per punt average of the season, 51.8 yards a punt with a long of 70. Against Rice, Chapman-Brown tallied a 39.9 average with a long of 62. Versus Abilene Christian, he recorded a 43.5 yards per punt average and recorded a long of 51 yards.
On the season, Chapman-Brown is averaging 42.4 yards a punt, ranking him 38th in the nation and second among Independent football schools.
Ume-Ezeoke named to 2013 Rimington Trophy Watch List
Junior center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke has been named to the Rimington Trophy 2013 Spring Watch List. The list includes 17 returning players from the 2012 Watch List. In all, there are 44 players on the Watch List.
Ume Ezeoke tallied six knockdowns in 83 plays at Texas, earning a 92percent assignment rating, while not allowing a sack or pressure on quarterback. He struggled against Minnesota, with six miss assignments but had five knockdowns. He had one knockdown against rival UTEP, but had an assignment rating of 96percent. Ume-Ezeoke recorded a season-high 100percent assignment rating and had five knockdowns against UCLA. He allowed two sacks but did record 1.5 knockdowns against SDSU but got back on track against UNM and allowed no sacks and had no missed assignments. He also recorded 7.5 knockdowns. He recorded 1.5 knockdowns but allowed one pressure on quarterback play against Rice. He tallied five knockdowns in 79 plays in the win over ACU. Ume-Ezeoke set a season-high in knockdowns with 10 against Louisiana. He played 80 snaps and allowed no sacks and no pressure on quarterback plays.
Ume-Ezeoke played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2012, starting at the center position. He recorded 44 knockdowns and allowed no sacks during the season. He was a vital part of the Aggies pass protection that allowed wide receiver Austin Franklin to earn All-America honors. Ume-Ezeoke also helped quarterback Andrew Manley throw for 2,764 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012, as he ranked 47th in the nation in passing. The 2,764 passing yards by Manley is sixth all-time in a single season, while the 18 touchdown passes rank tied for seventh in a single season. Ume-Ezeoke was named an Academic All-WAC selection and a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII first team member for his work in the classroom.
House, Green, Rogers and Harris 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 Aggie 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. In 2013, Jeremy Harris was selected in the seventh round of the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aggies on Twitter
The Aggie Athletics department has a Twitter account where media and fans can get all their in-game scores at www.twitter.com/nmstateaggies.