LAS CRUCES, N.M.-The
New Mexico State University football team could not hold off San Jose State
University as the end result was a 47-7 loss on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the team's
last home conference game of the season.
"It was just a bad day, and I am kind of surprised," said
head football coach DeWayne Walker.
The Aggies finished the game with a total of 220 yards of
offense. The Aggies threw for 100 yards
and ran for 120 yards.
Quarterbacks Andrew Manley and Travaughn Colwell shared
snaps under center throughout the game.
Manley threw for 46 yards off seven completions and Colwell threw for 54
yards off five completions and one touchdown.
Colwell's touchdown pass was his first of the season and his third
career touchdown pass. Colwell also ran
for 16 yards.
A pair of NM State running backs reached the 50-yard mark in
the game. Running back Tiger Powell ran
for 51 yards off eight carries and running back Germi Morrison ran for 50 yards
off 14 carries.
Tight end Trevor Walls led the Aggies in receiving yards
with three catches for 30 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Austin Franklin also contributed
with two catches for 16 yards.
On special teams, punter Cayle Chapman-Brown punted for a
total of 356 yards, averaging 50.9 yards per punt. Franklin also helped out on special teams
with 84 return yards on kick return.
On defense, safety Davis Cazares led all Aggies with nine
total tackles, including two unassisted tackles. Linebacker Trashaun Nixon finished with eight
tackles and linebacker Alex LaVoy finished with six tackles. Safety George Callender recorded his second
interception in as many games.
The Aggie defense was able to stop the first drive by the
Spartan offence and forced the opponent to settle for a field goal, putting the
score at 3-0 to open up the game. A
couple of big plays by San Jose State put the score at 17-0 to conclude the
NM State concluded the first quarter with 33 passing yards
and 20 passing yards. Morrison led all
Aggie rushers with 27 yards off five carries.
Cazares led all Aggie defenders with three tackles.
The NM State defense opened up their first drive of the
second quarter with an interception of the San Jose State quarterback by Callender. The interception was Callender's second
career interception, and his second interception in as many games.
The first half concluded with the score 37-0 in favor of San
The Aggies concluded the first half with 63 rushing yards
and 59 passing yards to total 122 yards of offense. Manley completed seven passes for 46
yards. Morrison ran for 34 yards off 10
carries and running back Tiger Powell contributed with 29 rushing yards off three
carries. Walls led the Aggies in
receptions with two catches for 21 yards.
The defensive side of the ball for the Aggies in the first
half was highlighted by Callender's interception. Four different Aggies finished the first half
with three total tackles apiece. On special
teams, Franklin compiled 84 kick return yards.
The Aggies were able to put together a scoring drive in the
closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Colwell threw a nine yard pass to
Walls. The successful extra point put
the score to 47-7.
The Aggies will have another bye-week before facing BYU on
Saturday, Nov. 24, for their final home game of the season.