NMSU licks wounds after 0-3 start
A well-deserved rest is in order.
The New Mexico State University football team has started its season off with three-straight losses, but has a bye week and does not play Saturday, Sept. 20 as they rest up and prepare for three straight away contests.
The next game for the Aggies is Saturday, Oct. 3 at in-state rival the University of New Mexico. Their next home game is Oct. 24 in a Sun-Belt Conference game against Troy.
NMSU (0-3 overall, 0-1 Sun Belt) opened the season with a loss at Florida – not unexpected against an SEC foe – but returned home for a pair of very winnable games.
A missed, last-second field goal against Georgia State led to a 34-32 loss during their home opener on Sept. 12, and a blown fourth-quarter lead led to a 50-47 overtime defeat at the hands of rival Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Sept. 19.
So far the Aggies have been outscored 145-92.
Sophomore running back Larry Rose III leads NMSU with 319 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tyler Rodgers has thrown seven touchdowns and two interceptions and 858 yards.
On defense, defensive back Jaden Wright leads the way with 33 tackles while linebackers Derek Ibekwe and Rodney Butler are tied for second with 22.
After the game at UNM, NMSU again travels to face an SEC foe on the road when they tangle with Mississippi Oct. 10. The Aggies return to Sun Belt Conference action Oct. 17 at Georgia Southern before backto- back home games Oct. 24 and 31 against Troy and Idaho.