LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Oct. 30)-The New Mexico State football team defeated San Jose State, 29-27, with the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. The win was the first WAC victory of the season for the Aggies. NM State improved to 2-6 and 1-3 in the conference while the Spartans fell to 1-8 and 0-4 in the WAC.
With a fourth and goal at the 8-yard line and :02 seconds remaining, junior quarterback Matt Christian found junior wide receiver Taveon Rogers on the right side of the end zone for the winning score. The touchdown was the second time Christian and Rogers connected in the game.
The Aggies began the final drive of the game with :52 seconds remaining at their own 21-yard line. Christian hit senior wide receiver Marcus Allen for a 34-yard completion. He followed that with a 19-yard strike to senior tight end Kyle Nelson. Two plays later, Allen caught an 18-yard pass to take the Aggies to the 8-yard line to set-up the game-winning touchdown.
The Aggies recorded a season-high 181 rushing yards and season-high 259 passing yards. The win was a career-high game for Christian in passing yards (259), completions (23) and attempts (44). Rogers led the receivers with 90 yards on five catches with his first two career touchdowns.
The Spartans struck first with a 20-yard field goal from redshirt freshman kicker Harrison Waid on their first series of the game for a 3-0 lead.
The Aggies responded with a 5-play, 68-yard drive that resulted in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Christian to Rogers to take a 7-3 advantage. The score was Rogers' first career touchdown for the Crimson and White.
The NM State defense stopped San Jose State when the Spartans missed a 45-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right with 3:18 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Aggies extended the lead to 14-3 at the 7:47 mark with Christian's 28-yard keeper. The touchdown was his first career rushing score and his longest run of the season.
The Spartans then missed their second field goal of the game, a 38-yard try, which drifted wide left with 4:55 until halftime.
The Aggies capitalized in the final minutes of the half. NM State marched 55 yards in 13 plays to end the first half with a last second 42-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Tyler Stampler.
NM State tallied a 17-3 halftime lead and it's the most points the Aggies have scored in the first half this season.
San Jose State opened the third quarter with its first touchdown of the game to cut the Aggie lead to 17-10. The Spartans scored on their next drive with a Harrison 45-yard field goal with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter with the Aggies leading, 17-13.
NM State began the fourth quarter with a 25-yard field goal from Stampler for a seven-point lead, 20-13.
The score capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 5:31.
With 11:02 left in the fourth quarter, San Jose State tied the game, 20-20, on a 12-yard pass from senior quarterback Jordan La Secla to redshirt freshman wide receiver Noel Grigsby.
The Aggies answered and claimed a 23-20 advantage on the ensuing drive with a career-long 43-yard field goal from Stampler, which was his third of the contest.
The Spartans regained the lead, 27-23, on a senior wide receiver Jalal Beauchman 31-yard touchdown catch.