First Half Recap
Things could not have started any better for the New Mexico State Aggies against the San Diego State Aztecs as Austin Perkins intercepted a pass by Ryan Agnew on the first series of the game. The interception was fortunate because Agnew, a senior, had never thrown an interception in a road game before. So the Aggies had lady luck on their side.
Or so it seemed.
On the very next play, the Aggies fumbled the ball away and San Diego State scored a few plays later to go up 7-0. The Aztecs would not relinquish the lead.
The Aggie offense really struggled in the first half due to SDSU’s defense, causing the NM State drives to look like this:
Three plays, -5 yards, punt
Five plays, 18 yards, punt
Seven plays, 36 yards, interception
Three plays, -1 yard, punt
Meanwhile, the Aztecs would put up 10 more points to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. NM State only had the ball for nine minutes in the first half, SDSU had it for 21. Part of that was the Aggie’s play calling. I’ll get into that later.
Second Half Recap
The second half didn’t start out any better, as the Aggies’ first two drives ended in 5 plays for -7 yards and 3 plays and an interception. San Diego State would capitalize on the interception to increase their lead to 24-0.
Josh Adkins would get the offense going on their next two drives, finding Robert Downs III for a 35 yard touchdown. 24-7 SDSU.
Adkins to Downs III.— NM State Football (@NMStateFootball) September 15, 2019
A thing of beauty. #AggieUp pic.twitter.com/0JmtwePoTy
After forcing a punt, the Aggies would again move down the field and get a Dylan Brown 46 yard field goal right before the end of the third quarter to put themselves down two scores.
.@DWNTWN18 from 46 yards.— NM State Football (@NMStateFootball) September 15, 2019
No doubt about it.#AggieUp pic.twitter.com/yhaIlm9NJf
After that, there wasn’t much more the Aggies could do.
After San Diego State scored another touchdown to go up 31-10, NM State had to drive and try to find the end zone. They were unable to, and turned it over on downs and fumbled in the last two possessions. Further hurting Los Aggies were eight penalties for 68 yards. Yikes.
The Aggies’ offense has looked good at times and awful at others. I understand Doug Martin wants to throw the ball but when you go three and out consistently, you put your defense in a tough spot and without much rest. SDSU had a 35-22 minute advantage in time of possession and you can only contain offenses for so long.
Especially when your best player is your running back, please use him. Help out the whole team by using some clock and putting the ball in Huntley’s hands. He has a high rushing yard average for a reason. If you throw the ball 50 times a game you won’t win much. Please reconsider.