ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Late Stop Gives NMSU Its First WAC Win of Season
The New Mexico State football team survived a special teams outburst from Idaho and an injury to starting quarterback Matt Christian to earn its first Western Athletic Conference win of the season Saturday night, beating beating the Vandals 31-24 in front of 12,711 fans at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
While the NMSU coverage teams struggled, surrendering a 64-yard punt return to Justin Veltung and a 95-yard kickoff return to Princeton McCarty in the third quarter, the Aggie defense held up well, holding Idaho to 279 yards of total offense and forcing four turnovers.
Clinging to a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter, the NMSU defense stopped Idaho on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line with 21 seconds remaining.
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“I am so proud of our guys,” said NMSU coach DeWayne Walker. “We’re not playing with three of our starting defensive linemen. We also have a starting linebacker out. Coach (Dale) Lindsey and our defensive staff have worked their butts off. So it was nice to execute a defensive game plan, and it helped us get a ‘W.'”
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