San Diego State (0-3) at New Mexico State (0-4)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 28, 8:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) -- Las Cruces, New
Mexico. Television: ALT, ESPN3, FS-SD, AZ+. Home Record: SDSU 0-2, NMSU 0-2.
Away Record: SDSU 0-1, NMSU 0-2. Neutral Record: SDSU 0-0, NMSU 0-0.
Conference Record: SDSU 0-0, NMSU 0-0. Series Record: San Diego State leads,
GAME NOTES: On Saturday night in Las Cruces, one team will finally be able to
put a tally in the win column as the New Mexico State Aggies play host to the
San Diego State Aztecs in non-conference action.
After a combined seven games between the two programs, there hasn't been a
single victory. The Aztecs, members of the Mountain West Conference, are
giving up an average of nearly 39 ppg after bowing to Oregon State last
Saturday, 34-30, at home.
Saddled with a four-game losing streak dating back to last season when the
team fell to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl, the Aztecs are still better off than
New Mexico State which is tied with Southern Miss for the longest losing
streak in the country overall at the moment, 15 games. The Aggies have not
been on the winning side of a decision since defeating Sacramento State
(49-19) in the 2012 opener.
Now operating as an Independent after playing in the Western Athletic
Conference for several years, NMSU is coming off yet another lopsided defeat
last Saturday night, a 59-13 loss to nationally-ranked UCLA on the road. The
Aggies have given up no fewer than 42 points in any game this season under new
head coach Doug Martin, while scoring no more than 21.
Three years ago, SDSU delivered a 41-21 win over the Aggies, moving the Aztecs
to an 8-1-1 advantage in the all-time series.
The Aztecs gave a good effort against Oregon State at Qualcomm Stadium last
Saturday, but still the team ended up with yet another setback. Adam Muema
rushed a career-high 28 times for 71 yards and a touchdown for an SDSU squad
that led 27-14 heading into the fourth quarter before falling apart.
Quarterback Quinn Kaehler, who converted 16-of-25 pass attempts for 251 yards
and two touchdowns, was sacked five times and had a pair of passes picked off,
one of those being returned 16 yards for a touchdown late in the final period
to decide the outcome. Colin Lockett finished with five receptions for 113
yards and a score.
The SDSU defense watched OSU receiver Brandin Cooks reel in 14 passes on the
other side. On a positive note, the Aztecs did limit the visitors to just 10
net rushing yards on 20 attempts. Unfortunately, that effort to keep OSU's
runners from gaining significant yards may have been a one-time thing, seeing
as how the Aztecs are still 56th in the country with 148.3 ypg allowed on the
After scoring a solid 32.9 ppg a season ago, good for third in the conference
and 36th nationally, the Aztecs find themselves generating just 18.7 ppg
through three games, 105th in the country. A big reason for the drop-off is
the instability at the quarterback position where, even though the team is
averaging a healthy 261.7 ypg, Kaehler and Adam Dingwell have combined to
throw eight interceptions and only three touchdowns.
The running game has dropped off as well, with Muema leading the way with just
93 yards on 41 attempts over three outings.
The Aggies were met with their 12th straight road loss last Saturday as they
got hammered at UCLA by 46 points. The margin of defeat was substantial, but
still fell short of the 49-point setback suffered against Texas on the road in
Held scoreless for the first three quarters, NMSU didn't get on the board
until the early moments of the fourth when Andrew McDonald hit Adam Shapiro
with a 33-yard touchdown pass. Brandon Betancourt added a four-yard TD run
later in the frame, but the subsequent PAT was missed. Betancourt finished
with a team-best 95 rushing yards on 18 attempts, while McDonald and King
Davis III combined to hit 15-of-26 passes for 146 yards.
Defensively, the Aggies were torched for 692 yards and were left on the field
for 94 snaps. Davis Cazares finished with a team-best 12 tackles, recorded two
interceptions and a fumble recovery in the losing effort for NMSU. Cazares is
averaging a dozen stops per game, but without much help the team continues to
lose in a big way.
In terms of run defense, the Aggies are permitting a staggering 323.0 ppg,
ranking 123rd in the country. Because of the inability to stop the run, NMSU
is saddled with giving up 605.5 ypg in total offense, also 123rd in the nation
With just 15.5 ppg coming from the offense (113th nationally), the Aggies
often don't have a prayer against the competition, although the team might be
able to keep things relatively interesting this weekend against a San Diego
State program that is having its own issues trying to get the offense off the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 34, New Mexico State 17
09/25 10:52:14 ET