New Mexico Loses A Thriller Against New Mexico State
New Mexico falls short of a comeback in the Rio Grande Rivalry in Albuquerque.
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New Mexico State Nearly Blew A 25-Point Lead…
The New Mexico Lobos fall to (1-1) after nearly completing a 25-point comeback. New Mexico State wins on the road 30-28.
The Lobos fell behind early, struggling to stop the pass game of NMSU. Aggie quarterback Tyler Rogers passed for 401 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception on 34/57 passing. The bulk of the Aggies points came in the first half, when they lead New Mexico 23-5 going into the locker room.
New Mexico’s offense looked out of sync and could not put together any drives until late in the game. UNM put themselves in several 3rd and long situations, which lead to converting only 2/13 on 3rd downs.
Lobo starting quarterback Lamar Jordan found himself on the bench in the 3rd quarter when he was replaced by redshirt freshman Tevaka Tuioti. Jordan went 10/19 for 103 yards and two interceptions. Tuioti also went 10/19, but passed for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Heading into the last quarter of play, UNM found themselves facing a 5-30 deficit. Lack of taking care of the football put the Lobos in this tough spot. The Lobos had four total turnovers, one being a fumble that occurred on the second play from scrimmage.
The Aggies would capitalize off the fumble and would score on the next drive. UNM would then block the PAT and take it home for two points. That was almost half of the Lobos scoring in the first half.
The Lobos showed signs of life when wide receiver Jay Griffin IV scored on a 61-yard reverse to make the score 30-19 in favor of NMSU. The ensuing Aggie drive resulted in an interception by Lobo corner Jacob Girgle with ten minutes left to play. New Mexico was unable to fully capitalize off the turnover, only coming away with a field goal.
With the score being 22-30 Aggies, this forced the Lobos in a position where they had to convert on the two point try. The Lobos would create a couple stops on defense, giving them one last drive to tie the game up. Tuioti lead UNM 80 yards in eight plays and scored on a 19-yard pass to Griffin IV to make the game 30-28.
The Lobos opted to pass for the two-point conversion and came up short off a batted ball. The Aggies would recover the onside kick and leave Albuquerque with the win.
Here are some of the highlights.
The Lobos travel to Boise next week to take on the Broncos on Thursday 9/14. The game will be aired on ESPN @ 6 P.M. MT.