WHEN: Saturday Sept. 22 6 p.m. MDT
WHERE: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM
TV: ESPN3.com (Internet only)
SERIES RECORD: 104th meeting. UNM leads series 66-32-5
LAST MEETING: Oct. 1, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM - NMSU 42-28
Though UNM (1-2) leads the overall series, the Rio Grande Rivalry, and won six games in a row from 2003 to 2008, the Aggies have had the upper hand lately, winning the last three games in a row.
NMSU won 42-28 last season – the largest margin of victory for NMSU in 44 years. In that game in Albuquerque, NMSU got off to a hot start, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 and cruised the rest of the way. The teams were evenly matched in the passing attack, the Aggies finishing with 296 passing yards to the Lobos’ 265. But New Mexico State outgained UNM on the ground 242-163.THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: New Mexico State: The Aggies enter this match-up with a 1-2 record with a loss last week at Interstate 10 rival UTEP. NMSU lost at Ohio the week before and started the season with a victory over FCS Sacramento State at home.
Currently NMSU ranks 106th in the nation in scoring defense, yielding 37.0 points per game and are No. 111 in total defense, giving up 489.3 yards per game. Head coach Dewayne Walker is in his fourth year at NMSU with a record of 10-31 at the school and overall.
ON OFFENSE: NMSU quarterback Andrew Manley is averaging 263 yards a game and has thrown seven touchdowns and two interceptions on the season. In the Aggies’ 41-28 loss last week at UTEP, Manley finished the game 20-of-47 with 290 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Aggies also had a pair of 100 yard receivers in their loss to the Miners. Senior receiver Kemonté Bateman finished with seven catches for a season-high 115 yards and a TD. Sophomore Austin Franklin had seven catches for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
ON DEFENSE: Linebacker Bryan Bonilla currently ranks third in the WAC for tackles per game and is tied for 69th in the nation. Bonilla is the Aggies' leading returning tackler from 2011 and broke the 100-tackle mark for his career against Ohio. He has 26 tackles on the season. Senior defensive end Donte Savage is another standout for the Aggie defense. For his career, Savage has 112 tackles, 23.5 for a loss, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, a blocked PAT and a blocked punt – he currently has 12 blocked punts for his career and needs four to break into the top five all-time at NM State. Against UTEP he finished with six tackles, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up.
FUN FACTS: Freshman quarterback Cole Gautsche and freshman receiver Reece White played with NMSU freshman offensive lineman Abram Holland at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland HS. Gautsche gave NMSU a verbal commitment coming out of high school but signed with UNM after Bob Davie was hired.
* UNM running back David Anaya could be on the field at the same time as his brother Desmond. Desmond is a senior defensive lineman with NMSU. Both graduated from Goddard HS in Roswell, N.M.
* Junior Lobo defensive back Dante Caro and NMSU Safety Zachery Baker both played football at Las Cruces HS.
• UNM offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier spent the last three years (2009-11) in the same position at New Mexico State. Lenzmeier, who started his coaching career at UNM from 2006-08, was a four-year starter for the Lobos.