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New Mexico State Offense Clicked, Defense Held Just Enough To Defeat Alcorn State 52-42

Big games from Jason Huntley and Josh Adkins led the Aggies back into the win column.

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Jason Huntley had four touchdowns to lead the Aggies back into the win column
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Josh Adkins was 32-44 for 396 yards and four touchdowns and Jason Huntley scored four touchdowns, including returning the opening kickoff 99 yards, in the Aggies 52-42 win over Alcorn State on Senior Day.

It was a complete team effort to get the win Saturday, as the defense played well for three quarters and the offense dominated all game, scoring on five of the first seven possessions.

The offense was really the difference in this game, scoring time and time again as the defense struggled in the fourth. Coming into the game, Alcorn State had racked up 41 sacks but only had two Saturday, allowing Josh Adkins to have a monster day and keep the Braves from coming back from a 35-7 deficit.

Thankfully, the Aggies had Jason Huntley. He was all over the field, returning the opening kick and adding 111 yards receiving and 43 rushing, as well as three touchdowns. He became the first Aggie to score four TDs in a game since Larry Rose vs Idaho in 2015.

He wasn’t the only one to have a good day, however. Johnathan Boone had a career high 92 yards receiving (and two scores) and Royce Caldwell added 84 and a TD. In fact, the offense on Saturday looked exactly like what a Doug Martin coached offense should look like: lots of passing yards and a ton of points!

Unfortunately, the defense crumbled near the end. They played well for the most part but gave up a lot of quick scores towards the end of the game, forcing the offense to keep pounding the ball and not run off too much clock. I’m not sure what needs to be done to fix that side of the ball but that’s not what we’re going to focus on today.

Instead, enjoy some Jason Huntley highlights and a nice thank you to our seniors for a great four years at NM State.

“I’m going to miss playing football here” said Royce Caldwell. We’ll miss you seniors too.