Ags host Cajuns in homecoming clash
The Aggies are hoping for some home cooking.
New Mexico State University’s football team has given up 114 points in the past two games – a 62-42 loss at Kentucky and a 52-7 defeat to Troy.
Now, with a homecoming crowd on hand, NMSU (1-3 overall, 0-1 Sun Belt) will tangle with Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 in Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Against Troy, the Aggies were able to amass 539 yards of total offense with 445 yards in the air, yet were able to score just a single touchdown.
Tyler Rogers led the Aggies offensively with 29 completions on 54 attempts. In all, Rogers tied a career-high with 445 yards and one touchdown in the air. Last year’s leading rusher, Larry Rose III, amassed 56 rushing yards in his 2016 debut.
After capturing a 37-34 victory against the Ragin’ Cajuns on Nov. 21, 2015, NM State holds a 4-6 alltime record against ULM. During that game, Rose III used 191 rushing yards to break the all-time single season rushing record for the Aggies. Andrew Allen led the team with 243 passing yards and four touchdowns on 13-of-31 passes just hours after holding a memorial service for his father, a sheriff who was killed in the line of duty.
UL Lafayette is 2-2 this season after falling 41-39 to Tulane in a fourovertime contest in New Orleans. Quarterback Anthony Jennings led the Cajuns offensively with 240 passing yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-39 completions. Elijah McGuire amassed 89 rushing yards with two touchdowns and 48 passing yards and a score. McGuire chipped in a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 16-16 and force overtime.
McGuire has amassed 497 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 94 attempts this season. Jennings leads the team with 852 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The quarterback has completed 73 passes with four interceptions on 118 attempts. Defensively, Travis Crawford and Tre’maine Lightfoot both have 35 tackles, while Otha Peters has amassed 30 tackles.
For more information on homecoming and a list of events for the week, visit http://asnmsu. nmsu.edu/events/.
• With 445 yards tonight against Troy, Tyler Rogers is now sixth on the alltime list for total offense with 5,275. The senior quarterback surpassed Jamie McAllister (197982, 4,890 yards) in the second series of the game when he connected with OJ Clark on a 23-yard laser.
• Rogers also moved up to No. 4 on the all-time completions list with 29 completions tonight at Troy and pushes his total to 423. He first passed Buck Pierce (2001-04, 397) on the completion to Clark in the second series of the first quarter.
• Izaiah Lottie finished with 5 receptions for 71 yards, a new season-high for the redshirt freshman. His 13-yards reception from Rogers was the first touchdown for the Denver native as an Aggie.
• Xavier Hall’s three receptions for 45 yards Saturday night is a new career-high for the Las Cruces native.
• Clayton Granch’s 37yard reception in the third quarter was a new career-high for the senior.
• Dalton Herrington finished with 13 tackles, one shy of tying his careerhigh of 14 – which he has done twice (last coming against Idaho on Oct. 18, 2014)
• Tymon Locklin tallied a season and career-high eight tackles, five of which were solo.
UL-Lafayette at NMSU
KICKOFF: 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 WHERE: Aggie Memorial Stadium RADIO: 99.5 FM
Fans in the student section at Aggie Memorial Stadium celebrate the NMSU football team’s 32-31 victory against rival New Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 10. NMSU returns home for a its homecoming game against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Oct. 1.
BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BELARDE