LAS CRUCES — Opportunities like this have not come often for the New Mexico State University football program.
With a home victory tonight, the Aggies can extend their winning streak to four games over rival New Mexico.
How many times has that happened? Once.
NMSU won four straight in the series from 1965-68, dominating three of those games against a then-struggling Lobo program. The 2012 Aggies have a chance to match the historic streak.
“I wasn’t aware of that. It’s exciting,” senior tight end Trevor Walls said. “That gives us something extra to shoot for.”
Not that the Aggies need extra motivation. At 1-2 and coming off a loss to its other primary rival, UTEP, NMSU badly needs a victory over any opponent.
“It is a rivalry game,” coach DeWayne Walker said, “but we’re treating UNM as if it were Ohio, UTEP or anyone else. The bottom line is we need a ‘W’ and we need it bad.”
Still, Walker’s players aren’t pretending this is just another game on their schedule. Few would buy it if they did.
“This is a game the whole state looks forward to every year,” Walls said. “People who don’t even like football talk about this game. It’s going to be a fight to the very end.”
For Aggie seniors, it’s a chance to end their careers never having suffered a loss to UNM.
Technically, that’s happened three other times, but only the mid-1960s streak included four Aggie wins. From 1911-14, NMSU won three times, with one game ending in a tie. From 1929-32, NMSU won twice, with two games ending in ties.
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal