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Catching Up With the Aggies (1-0, 0-0)

When we last discussed New Mexico State, I was advising the Aggies to take no prisoners, in so many words. “There’s only one thing this team can do: go out and win the whole damn thing. Beat New Mexico — again… Beat Louisiana Tech. Sail past Texas State, showing the Sun Belt what they’d be getting. Win the WAC. Earn a bowl berth. Have the best season in school history.” So far, so good. How good? The Aggies kicked off 2012 with a 49-19 win over Sacramento State, an F.C.S. program that opened last season, as mentioned earlier today, with a 29-28 upset of Oregon State. One down, 11 to go.

Let’s catch up. First, the season already in the books:

Aug. 30 Sacramento State (W, 49-19) – 1-0, 0-0

The Aggies gained 468 yards of total offense, paced by Andrew Manley’s career-high 367 yards through the air – Manley was 14 of 22 along with three scores without an interception. Manley’s made four starts for New Mexico State: 362 yards, 288 yards, 242 yards, 367 yards.

Now healthy, it’s obvious that he’s going to be the centerpiece of the Aggies’ offensive attack. Manley will have a shot at making some noise nationally this Saturday, when N.M.S.U. takes on Frank Solich and Ohio – the Bobcats won’t look ahead, but you have to think that they’re already imagining a perfect run to a B.C.S. bowl.

Up next:

Sept. 8 at Ohio

What N.M.S.U. needs to address before Saturday: the running game and the secondary. The Aggies gained only 101 yards on 40 carries against Sacramento State; that must improve, obviously. While Sacramento State threw the football nearly throughout, especially when the Aggies’ lead ballooned after the first quarter, this secondary must round into form or get picked apart by Tyler Tettleton and the Bobcats’ offense.

Upcoming:

Sept. 15 at UTEP
Sept. 22 New Mexico
Sept. 29 Texas-San Antonio
Oct. 6 at Idaho
Oct. 20 at Utah State
Oct. 27 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 3 at Auburn
Nov. 10 San Jose State
Nov. 24 B.Y.U.
Dec. 1 at Texas State

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Comments

  1. Burnt Orange says:

    His name escapes me but the highly regarded young offensive line coach left NMSU to take the same job at UNM. Probably explains the problems with the running game. The Aggies really need to run the table with the UNM, UTSA, and Idaho stretch of games. After that, it is hard to picture many wins.

    Paul: Jason Lenzmeier. He did a good job last year. Is a New Mexico grad who worked with the Lobos from 2007-8 under Rocky Long.

  2. southwvboy says:

    Thanks Paul, you might be the only CFB writer that knows the Aggies exist.

  3. Patrick says:

    That “logo” on the Aggies’ helmet is awful.

  4. DBC says:

    Appreciate the coverage on NMSU. We need all we can get!

    A struggling program for sure, but one that may embody the struggle between the haves and have-nots of college football. Many other programs may not be that far behind NMSU’s path if some reform isn’t initiated.

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