RENO, Nev. - The New Mexico State Aggies fell to the No. 18 Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon, 52-6, at Mackey Stadium. The Aggies fall to 2-9 on the season and 1-6 in conference, while Nevada improves to 10-1 and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.
For the Aggies, Andrew Manley threw for 220 yards on 19-of-39 passing, while Robert Clay led the running attack with 55 yards on 13 carries. Marcus Allen led the receiver with five catches, while Taveon Rogers caught four passes for 94 yards. Alphonso Powell led the defense with nine tackles, while Donyae Coleman recorded a fumble recovery for NM State.
On special team, Tyler Stampler hit two field goals of 47 and 36 yards, while Rogers returned four kicks for 110 yards.
Tyler Stampler led off the scoring in the second half for the Aggies, hitting his second field goal of the day making is 31-6 with nine minutes left in the third. Nevada responded as Vai Taua scored on a 7-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 38-6 with 4:44 remaining in the third.
Nevada scored again to make it 45-6 on a 57-yard touchdown run by Mark Lampford with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Nevada would intercept Manley at its own 10-yard line returning it 90 yards for a touchdown, making it 52-6. The Aggies would turn the ball over again deep in Nevada territory less than a minute to go. Nevada would run out the clock, winning 52-6.
The first quarter of play was all Nevada, as the Wolf Pack took an early 10-0 on a rushing touchdown by Vai Taua and a field goal by Anthony Martinez. The Aggies did get inside the Nevada 35 yard line early in the quarter by missed a 46-yard goal attempt. Manley went 5-of-7 in the first quarter for 69 yards, including a 44-yard completion to Rogers on the first play of the game.
Nevada hit a 22-yard pass from Colin Kapernick to Virgil Green to start the second quarter. The Wolf Pack added another touchdown late in the quarter, this time Kapernick rushed nine yards for the score making it 24-0. The Aggies would threaten to score getting the ball down inside the Nevada 30-yard line with less than a minute to go in the half, as Tyler Stampler hit a 47-yard field goal to put the Aggies on the board. Kapernick then threw his second touchdown of the quarter, a 79-yard pass to Taua with 22 second left in the half to give Nevada a 31-3 lead going into the half.
Manley threw for 81 yards on 8-of-15 passing in the first half, while Allen caught three passes for 18 yards to lead the receiving corps. Allen also led the Aggies in rushing with 15 yards on three carries. Defensively, Alphonso Powell had seven tackles.
The Aggies will host Hawai'i in the season finale on November 27, at Aggie Memorial Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. (MT)