Recap: New Mexico St vs. New Mexico
Las Cruces, NM (SportsNetwork.com) - Crusoe Gongbay rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to help lead his New Mexico Lobos to a narrow 38-35 victory in the I-10 rivalry over the New Mexico State Aggies in non-conference action at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
The Lobos (1-2) gained 432 yards on the ground and scored three rushing touchdowns, while Lamar Jordan and David Anaya each had a touchdown pass in the victory.
Tyler Rogers connected on 32-of-47 passing for 333 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss for New Mexico State (2-2). Xavier Hall led the Aggies with 61 yards on the ground and two rushing scores, and Teldrick Morgan caught a team-best nine passes for 122 yards.
It took the teams nearly the entire length of the first quarter before someone got on the board, but eventually Jhurell Pressley put the Lobos on top with a 47-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds remaining in the period. The play was the longest of the three-play scoring drive.
Soon into the second quarter, Rogers knotted the score at seven apiece with a touchdown run of his own, an 18-yarder with 13:14 to play in the half.
New Mexico took the lead back when Quinton McCown took his first handoff of the game 27 yards for a touchdown. The Lobos jumped ahead, 14-7, with 8:13 to play in the period.
It was Rogers again that helped his Aggies answer back later in the quarter, this time on a nine-yard pass play to Joseph Matthews with 4:07 to play. The touchdown pass capped a 13-play drive, and was Matthews' sixth reception of the first half.
With 1:49 left to play in the half, the Lobos went ahead yet again with a touchdown pass from David Anaya to Jeric Magnant on an 18-yard strike. New Mexico took a 21-14 lead into the half.
Following the midway break, the Aggies were able to catch up yet again. New Mexico State got into the end zone on Hall's first touchdown - a three-yard run with 11:13 to play in the quarter, tying the score at 21-21.
The scoring tug of war continued after Zack Rogers connected on a 28-yard field goal attempt with 5:57 remaining in the third quarter to give his Lobos a 24-21 lead.
Hall found the end zone once again, this time on a 17-yard run with 3:04 to play in the quarter to give his Aggies the 28-24 lead.
Like clockwork, New Mexico retook the lead thanks to a 17-yard rushing touchdown from Gongbay with 8:53 to play in the game. The Lobos took the 31-28 advantage following the eight-play scoring drive.
New Mexico State regained the lead once again when Rogers connected with Joshua Bowen on a 10-yard scoring strike with 4:41 left to play. The touchdown gave the Aggies a 35-31 advantage, but not for too long.
New Mexico once again grabbed the lead, this time with 27 seconds remaining in the contest, on a five-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jordan to Reece White to give the Lobos the three-point edge and, ultimately, the win.
The two sides were fairly even in terms of total offensive yards (499 for New Mexico to 507 for New Mexico State), but the Lobos had the decided edge on the ground, 432 yards (8.8 yards per carry) to 174. The Aggies had a 7-0 points off turnover edge in the loss.Game Notes