The Aggies' football team (2-6, 1-4) hosts Louisiana Tech (3-6, 2-3) Saturday, Nov. 13 at Aggie Memorial Stadium beginning at 4:07 p.m. It will also be the sixth meeting between the two schools in Las Cruces, where the Aggies are 4-1. The home team has lost just one game in the series, which stands at 5-4 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Aggies are 10-9 against Division I-A teams from Louisiana and 12-9 overall against all teams from Louisiana. NM State is 5-3 in its last eight contests against teams from Louisiana.
The game will be television on ESPN Regional with play-by-play man Trey Bender and color analyst Jay Taylor bringing you all the action.
You can listen to all the action with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon and color analyst Jason Scott beginning at 1 p.m. on KGRT 104 FM. Also catch the action in Spanish with Martin Cortez and Bob Sherman on Vista 98.7 FM. Cuyler Frank will also broadcast the game in Navajo from Aggie Memorial Stadium on KNDN 960 AM (Farmington) and KGAK 1330 AM (Gallup).
New Mexico State/ Louisiana Tech, the Series
This will be just the 10th meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs lead the series at 5-4. 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.; in1968 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 45-7 in Ruston.
Scouting the Bulldogs
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 3-6 overall in 2010 with a 2-3 WAC record. This past weekend the Bulldogs fell to Fresno State, 40-34. The Bulldogs are 0-3 on the road this season and 3-3 on their home turf.
As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 24.2 points per game and allowing 30.6 points a contest. They are putting up 386.8 yards a game, 238.9 yards through the air and 147.9 yards a game on the ground. The Bulldogs have scored 74% of the time they are in the red zone, while holding their opponents to 32-of-39 inside the 20-yard line.
Individually for the Bulldogs, Ross Jenkins leads the passing attack with 160.4 yards a game with 10 touchdowns on the season. Lennon Creer heads the Bulldog running attack with 773 yards on the ground this season and six touchdowns. Taulib Ikharo leads the receiving corps with 41 receptions and 407 yards and team leading four touchdowns
Adrien Cole is LA Tech's leading tackler on defense with 77 on the season, followed by Jay Dudley with 73.
The Last Season against the Bulldogs
The New Mexico State football team fell to Louisiana Tech, 45-7, in Ruston, La. The Aggies fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the WAC, while LA Tech improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.
The Aggies recorded just 142 yards of total offense on the day, 74 yards on the ground and 68 yards passing. Trevor Walls threw for 51 yards on 10-of-12 passing, while Jeff Fleming tallied 17 yards passing on 3-of-8. Seth Smith had 32 yards rushing, while Marcus Anderson grabbed three passes for 29 yards. Defensively, Jason Scott notched 15 tackles for a career high while Davon House recorded his second touchdown return of his career.
LA Tech got the ball to start the second half and made quick work, marching down the field, on an eight-play, 86-yard drive to extend the lead to 31-0, with just over 11 minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Aggies were forced to punt on their first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs would add another touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Ross Jenkins to Dennis Morris, extending LA Tech's lead to 38-0, with 6:24 go to in the third.
The Aggies would then show some life on offense, moving the ball into LA Tech territory before Jeff Fleming threw the Aggies' second interception of the day, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs. LA Tech would take over at its own 20-yard line as the third quarter expired.
The Bulldogs would be forced to punt. On the punt LA Tech downed the ball inside the Aggies' 3-yard line. The Aggie offense couldn't move the ball and were again forced to punt the ball away.
On the Bulldogs' next possession, Lyle Fitte found the end zone on a 16-yard rush from scrimmage to put LA Tech up 45-0.
The Aggies would get on the board as defensive back Davon House picked up a LA Tech fumble and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to bring the final score to 45-7.
Last Time against Louisiana Tech in Las Cruces
Senior quarterback Chase Holbrook threw for a season-high 486 yards and four touchdowns in his final game at Aggie Memorial Stadium, but the New Mexico State football team fell short against Louisiana Tech, 35-31.
NM State held LA Tech to 127 yards of total offense in the second half and just seven points, but late in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs went up for good on a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ross Jenkins to Phillip Livas.
In all, New Mexico State racked up 523 yards of total offense on 84 plays. The Aggie defense held LA Tech to just 64 yards passing in the game if you take away that final touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receivers A.J. Harris and Chris Williams both caught 10 passes in the game for the Aggies. Williams had 189 yards receiving and two touchdowns while Harris racked up 75 yards. Williams' two touchdown receptions set a new school record for most TD receptions in a career with 32.
Holbrook completed 75 percent of his passes in the game (45-of-60) and was just five completions shy of tying his own single-game record. With his performance, Holbrook now has 10 400-yard passing games in his career.
Louisiana Tech got 226 yards on the ground, and 130 of those came from junior running back Daniel Porter. He also scored one of LA Tech's three rushing touchdowns in the game.
Niumatalolo Named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI
New Mexico State junior defensive lineman David Niumatalolo was named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Niumatalolo, a member of the Aggie football team, now qualifies for the All-America honor, which will be released later this month. A native of Kahuku, Hawai'i, Niumatalolo has a 4.0 G.P.A. in biology.
This season, Niumatalolo has played in nine games for the Aggies recording 17 tackles, three tackles for a loss of five yards, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
House Invited to the 2011 Senior Bowl
Senior defensive back Davon House has been invited to participate in the 2011 Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Ala. The event is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2011 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised on the NFL Network.
House becomes the fifth player in school history to be named to the Senior Bowl. Other Aggies to have played in the Senior Bowl are Jim Bohl ('67), Jim Germany ('75), Walt Williams ('77) and Andre Anderson ('78).
House was a preseason Jim Thorpe Award candidate after a superb junior campaign. In 2010 House has tallied 48 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a team-leading seven pass break-ups. He ranks fifth in the WAC and 57th in the country in passes defended.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and a premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South, which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two NFL teams.
Passing Game Coming Alive
Over the last two games against San Jose State and Utah State, the Aggies' passing game has started to show signs of improvement. In the past two contests the Aggies have thrown for 225.0 yards per game, including three touchdowns. The first seven games of the season, the Aggies passed for just 141 yards per game and just five touchdowns.
Lee Starts to Shine
Wide receiver Todd Lee has come on as of late, catching four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. Against Utah State, Lee caught two passes for 37 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass. So far this season, Lee has 13 catches for 140 yards and is tied for the lead on the team with two touchdown receptions.
For his career, Lee has 47 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 9.7 yards per catch. Lee is also returning punts for the Aggies this season, averaging 9.6 yards a return.
Christian hits his Stride
Quarterback Matt Christian had back-to-back career games for the Aggies against San Jose State, in a 29-27 victory and against Utah State in a 27-22 loss. Christian passed for a season-high 259 yards while also recording season highs in pass attempts (44) and completions (23) versus San Jose State. Christian's two touchdown passes were also a season-high. He also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 28-yard run from scrimmage.
Against Utah State, Christian threw for 191 yards on 17-of-34 passing and a touchdown. He also rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown.
On the season, Christian has passed for 1372 yards and eight touchdowns, completing 48.1 percent of his passes for 171.5 yards a contest. He has also rushed for 218 yards, which ranks third on the team, and is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.
Stampler Kickin' it Well
Stampler hit two 40-plus yard field goals this past weekend against Utah State, hitting a career-long of 48 yards late in the fourth quarter after breaking his career long record earlier in the game with a 46-yard make. He went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts for the Aggies in their 29-27 win over San Jose State. He made field goals of 42, 25 and 43 yards. He has now hit five field goals of 39 yards or more this season.
Stampler was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season and Place Kicker Performer of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com for his performance against San Jose State.
On the season, Stampler is 11-of-13 on field goal attempts to lead the WAC in percentage this season and 13-of-14 on PAT's, hitting nine straight PAT's and 9 of his last 10 field goal attempts. He also leads the team in scoring with 46 points on the year.
Powell Snags an INT
Safety Alphonso Powell led the Aggie defense against Utah State with seven tackles and his first interception of the season. Powell is sixth on the team in tackles with 45 this year, including a sack and interception. Powell's interception was only the second one for the Aggies this season.
For his career, Powell has four interceptions, 188 tackles, 10 pass break ups and two sacks.
Rogers Breaks Out at Wide Receiver
Wide receiver Taveon Rogers caught a career-high five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass from Matt Christian as time expired to beat San Jose State, 29-27.
Entering that game, Rogers had caught just two passes for 40 yards and no touchdowns. Rogers also returned one kick off for 24 yards, bringing his all-purpose yards for the game to a team leading 114.
On the season, Rogers has caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, with an average of 129.3 all-purpose yards a game.
Rushing the Ball is a Team Effort
The Aggie offense is spreading the ball around this season on the ground. NM State has 1,231 yards rushing and six touchdowns this season with 14 different Aggies with at least one rushing attempt. At this point last season, the Aggies had 12 players with at least one rushing attempt but had 1,243 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns.
Kenny Turner leads the rushing attack with 105 carries for 409 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow running back Seth Smith has 349 yards on the ground and two touchdowns as well. Eight of the 14 players with a rushing attempt are not running backs.
Allen Leads Receiving Corps
Wide receiver Marcus Allen started his senior season off on the right foot against San Diego State.
Allen caught four passes for 114 yards, a career high in the season opener against San Diego State. He also tallied a career-long touchdown catch of 58 yards in the third quarter of the game.
He followed that performance with five catches for 65 yards against UTEP and again led the Aggies versus Kansas, catching five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 45 yards on four carries. He added three more catches for 46 yards against No. 3 Boise State.
On the season, Allen has caught 28 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns.
For his career, Allen has now caught 54 passes for 763 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per catch and 38.2 yards per game.
Rogers Ranks First as a Return Specialist
Just nine games into the season, junior wide receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers now ranks first all-time in kick return yardage in a season and is first all-time for number of returns in a season.
Rogers is averaging 26.5 yards per kick return this season on 36 returns for the Aggies. He currently ranks third in the WAC and 30th in the nation. His long for the year is 54 yards versus Kansas.
Rogers recorded six kickoff returns against Kansas, totaling 219 yards - a new school record for the Aggies. His six returns tied a school record for the most kickoff returns in a game. Rogers had three returns of 40-plus yards, including a career-long of 54 yards. His 219 yards broke Tony Lukins' record from 2001 (189 yards).
He would tie his own record against No. 3 Boise State with six kickoff returns for 136 yards. On the season, Rogers has 36 returns for 953 yards, while also leading the team in all-purpose yards with 1,164. He is sixth in the WAC in all-purpose yards and 37th in the nation.
The Aggies' primary kick returner has averaged at least 20 yards per return for 13 consecutive seasons.
Freshmen with Time
The Aggies have relied heavily on incoming freshmen this season. In fact, the Aggies have played nine true freshmen this season, starting seven of them over nine games. The Aggies rank 24th in the nation among schools with the most-true freshmen played.
Quarterback Andrew Manley, defensive backs Darien Johnson and George Callender, offensive lineman Davonte Wallace and defensive lineman Augafa Vaaulu have all made starts for NM State this season.
Other true freshmen with playing time include linebacker Anthony Joyner, Dylan Davis and wide receiver Jerrel Brown.
Rogers, Allen, House and Coleman Named to Phil Steele Midseason All-WAC Team
Phil Steele has released his Midseason all‑WAC Team. Phil Steele's College Football Preview is one of the nation's most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason, Midseason and Postseason All-American teams as well as All-Conference teams.
Kick returner Taveon Rogers was named to the first team, while wide receiver Marcus Allen, cornerback Davon House and safety Donyae Coleman earned third team honors.
Rogers is third in the WAC and is 30th in the nation in kick return yardage with 26.5 yards per return. Allen leads the Aggies in receiving with 28 catches for 445 yards and two touchdowns, while House is fifth on the team with 48 tackles, an interception and seven pass break-ups. Coleman leads the team in tackles with 68, which is fifth in the WAC.
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.
Aundre McGaskey leads the team with 57 knockdowns, while the offensive line has given up just nine sacks in nine games, which is third in the WAC.