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In each of the first two NM State games of the season, fans have seen a second-half explosion of points.
In the Aggies’ home opener against UMass, the first half ended in a relatively quiet 10-10 tie. But in the second half, 51 points were scored. However, 31 of those points were scored by the Minutemen, leaving NM State on the short end of a 41-30 score.
In Week 2, NM State led Western Illinois narrowly at half, 20-14. This time, the second half outburst by the two teams was 45 points, but the explosion was all on the Aggie side, as they scored 38 of those points, en route to a lopsided 58-21 victory, bringing their season mark to 1-1 as they hit the road for three weeks, starting Saturday, Sept. 9, at Liberty in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The game against Liberty, which starts at 4 p.m. Las Cruces time and can be heard locally on 99.5 FM with Jack Nixon on the call, is interesting for a couple of reasons.
For one, it will be the Aggies’ first-ever Conference-USA game. NM State officially joined the league July 1.
Secondly, it will mark the Aggies’ return to Lynchburg for the first time since they shocked the world by beating Liberty 49-14 last Nov. 26, in the game that essentially put NM State in the Quick Lane Bowl. Liberty entered that game 8-3 and had spent much of the season ranked in the Top 25. The Aggies were 4-6. If NM State caught Liberty a bit off guard in that game, it won’t likely happen again.
Liberty opened its season Sept. 2 with a 34-24 home victory over Bowling Green, the team the Aggies defeated in the Quick Lane Bowl last December.