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September 22, 2012
In what was expected to be a ball-controlled game by UNM as the Aggies failed to answer with any semblance of a solid game, losing to UNM, 27-14, in front of 25,211 at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
The troubling thing is, the final score could have been worse. Much worse. A dropped pass by the Lobos for a sure touchdown and a final minute run by Lobo quarterback B.R. Holbrook only to slide and run out the clock, could have meant a much larger win for UNM. In reality, the final score could have been 41-14, Lobos.
NMSU has now lost three in a row falling to 1-3 on the season. The Lobos are now 2-2.
At the post-game presser, coach DeWayne Walker was asked about the inefficiencies and self-inflicted wounds in the loss. "Yeah, they were very surprising. That's an area of our team that we thought would be our strength and, tonight they weren't. We've got a lot of football left and we're going to go back to work tomorrow and try to get a W next weekend."
The Aggies had 3 fumbles for the game, losing two. They were flagged eight times for 60-yards, killing any momentum or timing. Once again, the Aggie running game was non-existent. They only gained 78-yards on 20 carries against a much smaller, depleted Lobo defense. NMSU dominated by air, but it didn't matter as the Lobos were able to control the clock and get their defense off the field on key downs. The Aggies were 4-10 in third-down conversions. The Lobos didn't fare much better, but did convert when they needed it the most.
The game was decided not so much in the stats department, but in the game clock. UNM controlled the game from the opening kick to the end, dominating the Aggies, 38:15 to NMSU' s 21:45.
UNM was able to capitalize in the Aggie red zone scoring 4 out of 5 attempts. NMSU was 1-1 in that category as they struggled to get any offensive momentum deep into Lobo territory.
The Aggies now host UT-San Antonio on Saturday, September, 29th, at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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