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September 8, 2012
For the second straight year, the Ohio Bobcats pulled away from the Aggies in the second half scoring 30 points and shutting down NMSU to only 7 points, in dominating fashion.
Whether it was by ground or air, the Bobcats offense simply dominated the statistical category amassing 584 yards in total offense.
"I wasn't overly pleased with the first two quarters," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. " Similar to the Penn State game, as the game went on, our defense got better and played better. Our offense showed flashes early of being able to put points on the board and in the third quarter, they showed their ability to control the ball and put points on the board."
The Bobcats (2-0) led just 21-17 after giving up a Tyler Stampler 38-yard field goal to start the second half, but answered right back with a 37-yarder of his own and Bobcats QB Beau Blankenship made it a two-score game with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Aggie sophomore QB Andrew Manley finished with 12-of-24 passing for 132 yards and one touchdown, and one interception.
Aggie sophomore WR Austin Franklin had 5 catches on the night for 72 yards and one touchdown.
The running game for the second straight game ran aground with 71 net rushing yards, including Andrew Manley's -29 yards.
The Aggies now make the short drive up I-10 to face rival, UTEP, on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is at 6:00pm.
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