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NM STATE ATHLETICS

Aggies seek second straight victory at home

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When the Aggie football team hosts Florida International University Saturday, Oct. 1, they’ll have a chance to win back-to-back home games for the first time since 2019.

New Mexico State University is 1-3 on the season, following its 45-26 home victory Sept. 24 against Hawaii. FIU was defeated 73-0 last week against Western Kentucky, dropping its record to 1-2. Kickoff for the Oct. 1 game is 6 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

"The only way you're gonna win is if you go out there and have fun and I think our kids had fun ... I mean, the victory lap - There ain't nothing better than that," said NMSU Head Coach Jerry Kill after the Hawaii game, Kill’s first victory since taking the Aggie job.

The Aggies beat Hawaii with a powerful running game, churning out 357 yards on the ground.

Running back Star Thomas, a sophomore from Homer, Louisiana, led all rushers with 144 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown for the Aggies’ first score. Quarterback Gavin Frakes, a true freshman from Norman, Oklahoma, carried the ball for 78 yards and a touchdown. And sophomore running back Jamoni Jones from Tulsa, Oklahoma, ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Chris Ojoh, from Sunland, California, led all players with 14 tackles, his career best.

"I feel like the whole team was [really] looking forward to this, our first win, especially new coaching staff, a rebuilding year," Ojoh said. "It's usually hard the first year for any program to get things rolling, but we [were] definitely looking for this first win and just get the ball rolling now. It's not only just to win once, but to keep doing it week-in and week-out and just keep going back-to-back at a steady basis." 

The Aggies will have an off week Oct. 8 before hosting rival University of New Mexico Saturday, Oct. 15, for NMSU’s Hispanic Heritage Day game.

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