Aggie Soccer Falls 4-1 At Prairie View A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies closed non-conference action Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 road loss to Prairie View A&M at Lady Panther Field.

The Aggies fell to 1-8-0 with the loss, while the Panthers raised their overall mark to 3-3-1.

"It was a very physical game today and we were out muscled and out physicaled," said NM State Head Coach Freddy Delgado. "Prairie View was the aggressor. We let them control tempo and didn't play to our strength."

The Panthers opened the scoring in the 18th minute when PVAMU's Ashley Virgil headed the ball in off a pass from Khalisha Bond for a 1-0 lead.

NM State provided an equalizer in the 33rd minute when Sabrina Ruiz scored from 15-yards out off a pass from from Audrey Chavez to even the score at 1-all. Ruiz collected her second goal of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Falls In Overtime To UTEP, 50-47

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In a game that saw 97 points and over 1,000 yards of total offense, the NM State football team dropped a heartbreaking 50-47 overtime loss to Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday night in Aggie Memorial Stadium.

UTEP (1-2) won the coin toss in overtime and chose to defend the first possession. After Larry Rose III rushed for nine yards, Parker Davidson made a 44-yard field goal to give NM State (0-3) a 47-44 advantage. On their drive, Miner quarterback Ryan Metz completed a six-yard pass to Cedrick Lang to give the visitors a 50-47 win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Battles No. 2 Texas, Falls In Four Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies gave the second-ranked Texas all it wanted in the final day of the Wildcat Classic, but the Longhorns held on against the scrappy Aggies to win 3-1 at the McKale Center.

NM State (9-5) battled in every set to No. 2 Texas (10-1) before falling 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-25.

"It was a tough one," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "I was happy with the way we played. We had the chance to go up two sets on the No. 2 team in the country."

"The difference was they're ability to score running the slide."

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union had another strong match, leading all hitters with 16 kills and two blocks, while senior Nathalie Castellanos of Vado, N.M./Gadsden added 13 kills with four blocks. Sophomore Jordan Abelos of Safford, Ariz. Chipped in 12 kills as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Breezes Past Savannah State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies had no problem on Friday evening at the McKale Center against Savannah State, winning 3-0 in their second match in the Wildcat Classic.

NM State (9-4) trounced the winless Tigers (0-14) 25-9, 25-14, 25-13.

"We're glad everyone got a chance to play and for the most part, played well," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "We needed to get that."

The Aggies got stellar performances from Arizonans Gwen Murphy and Jordan Abelos.

Murphy, a senior from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union, collected eight kills, hit .800 for the match and collected five blocks.

Abelos, a sophomore from Safford, Ariz., also recorded eight kills to go with 12 digs and five assists.

The Aggies hit .333 as a team in the three set match, and force SSU to hit minus .105. Five Aggies recorded at least four kills in the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 2-0 At Texas State

Written By; NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN MARCOS, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies played a strong, physical game on Friday night at Bobcat Stadium, but Texas State scored twice in three minutes late in the contest for a 2-0 win.

The Aggies (1-7) held the Bobcats (5-2) scoreless through 76 minutes, before the home team broke the tie.

In the 77th minute, Texas State’s Rachel Grout got an opening from 15 yards out on a pass from Maddie Nichols to make it 1-0.

Almost exactly three minutes later, Clarissa Leon scored off a corner kick from Taylor Allen to give the Bobcats their second goal of the game.

“We had the run of play for the first 25 minutes of the second half,” said NM State Head Coach Freddy Delgado. “We just made two errors and that turned into two goals.”

But freshman goalkeeper Ashley Martin of Rio Rancho, N.M./Cleveland was the Aggie star.

She recorded 11 save, chalking up eight saves at the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. No. 16 Arizona Match Photos

Aggies Fall In Four Sets To No. 16 Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies fought another nationally-ranked opponent tooth-and-nail, but the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats held on to take a 3-1 win to open the Wildcat Classic Friday morning at the McHale Center.

NM State (8-4) fell 15-25, 26-24, 19-25, 23-25 to the home-standing Wildcats (9-1).

“Arizona’s got a great team,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “But neither team played very well in the match. There were a lot of attack errors (48). It was really hard to watch at times.”

NM State hit .191 for the match, while Arizona hit .201. Both teams collected double-digit blocks, with the Wildcats posting 13.0 team blocks to the Aggies 11.0.

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrieda, Ariz./Valley Union once again set the pace for the Aggies. She collected 16 kills with five blocks. Senior Nathalie Castellanos posted 12 kills as the pair both hit .333 to lead the team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Miner Q&A With Miner Rush's Alex Nicolas

There was a lot of optimism for UTEP heading into the season, coming off a bowl appearance last season. After an 0-2 start and more importantly the loss of Aaron Jones for the season, what are UTEP fans thinking right now?

The main thing fans are thinking right now is DO NOT lose to NMSU.

Most could be halfway off the ledge after the past two weeks, and the news this week, but the fact is UTEP was expected to start 0-2 after two tough P5 opponents on the road, although losing Aaron Jones was not part of that plan.

A loss to NMSU and I don’t know if I will visit a UTEP message board until the middle of basketball season, things could get ugly in El Paso if that happens. UTEP has two chances to prove they can still compete in the C-USA West before C-USA play starts, and I hope most fans haven't gave up on the season yet.

With Jones out, who needs to step up for UTEP not just on Saturday but for the rest of the season?

This is sort of thinking outside of the box, but the offensive line and the entire defense has to step up without Jones.

UTEP will go with a running back by committee approach, and the offensive line which is already a strong point for UTEP has to continue its positive growth not only in the run game, but in pass protection as well.

The defense needs to shore up their woes in the secondary, as right now the defense is UTEP’s biggest concern going forward.  Just like last year, UTEP’s defense has to be able to win a game or two in C-USA play. 

Those two units are keys to UTEP's new approach to the 2015 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Book Review: Magic In The Desert

If you are an Aggie football fan in any age group you’ve not doubt at least heard about the Aggies’ 1960 football team. It was not only New Mexico State’s only undefeated squad but is also the last team to go to a bowl game. Magic in the Desert is a book written by Dan Perry that chronicles that 1960 team. Perry died in 2013 before the project could be completed but with the help of his friends and fellow New Mexico State alumni Frank Thayer, Mike Waldner and Charlie Rogers. In a press release from New Mexico State Thayer, a professor emeritus in the NMSU Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences said, “The three of us embraced the task of creating this book with the goal of realizing Dan Perry’s dream.”

I received an advance copy of the text from good friend Charlie Rogers and after reading the book the one thing that truly stands out about this book is that it truly was a labor of love. The sheer amount of research necessary to complete this book is overwhelming. As someone who covers New Mexico State athletics, I have firsthand experience at how difficult it can often times be to get historical data on New Mexico State teams. In Magic in the Desert Perry has gone back to the beginnings of Aggie football — 1894 — and in great detail has provided Aggie fans with a look into what life was like on campus back in those early days. Perry doesn’t just cover the football side of campus life in those early days, he also provides a look into the social aspect of what was then New Mexico A&M. It is a fascinating look on the early years of what would eventually become New Mexico State University.

Another interesting aspect of the book are many of the quotes and anecdotes that relate to the Aggie football program in particular and the challenges that the program has faced throughout the years, many of which still plague the program today.

A couple that stood out in particular to me, “If something isn’t done to attract athletes to the school and to hold them once they are here, we’d better forget about intercollegiate athletes – it’s no fun to be a loser year after year, even if it does build character – or else reconcile ourselves to degenerating to the New Mexico Conference.” That quote from the March 15th, 1946 edition of The Round Up illustrates that facilities and conference affiliation are something that have plagued the Aggies throughout history.

Also, facilities have apparently always been an issue for New Mexico State as illustrated by this passage from that same article, “Foremost is the matter of a stadium. Quesenberry Field should be Qusenberry Stadium, and the sooner the better ... a stadium can be used to provide the means for taking care of the athletes needed for future football and basketball teams.”

Also, as someone who has spent a fair amount of time around Aggie coaches and staff, I’ve heard numerous stories of things just “going wrong”, like buses not showing up at airports as was the case two years ago after the Aggie men’s basketball team had lost in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, or not having enough charter planes at the airport to take the entire team on a road trip which was the case one season under Coach Hal Mumme when the team was scheduled to play at Idaho. There are no doubt plenty more stories like that from each coach in each of NMSU’s athletic programs. This particular anecdote from the book shows that, well, things have been going wrong for New Mexico State for a long time, “As if rebuilding a program was not tough enough, it was necessary to postpone spring practice in 1947 because 60 pairs of football shoes did not arrive as scheduled.” Stories like this make you wonder if New Mexico State football had been cursed from the get go and if the “Curse of Warren Woodson” were just additional piling on of that original curse.

Another story from 1949 illustrates that Aggie football has apparently always struggled with being able to pay its staff accordingly. ““I hate to lose Marsh, but I could not stand in his way for this chance at a better salary then we can pay,” Corley said.” Perry so eloquently stated following that quote, “When a high school assistant coach is paid more than any member of a college staff it is clear the college is dealing with financial restraints.” Adequate assistant coaching salaries are clearly something that is still ongoing even to this day.

With the 2015 football season just having started and the Aggies being fresh off a 34-32 loss in which the team missed TWO extra points, this anecdote from the 1959 season seems apropos, “The easy cruising came to halt in the third game of the season, a 28-27 loss at Tulsa. The difference between defeat and a tie was senior third-string quarterback Danny Villanueva’s missed point after touchdown (PAT) kick.” As any one who has followed Aggie football for any amount of time knows, having good place kickers has never been the Aggies’ strong suite (Danny Villanueva’s career notwithstanding).

There are other interesting tidbits in the book, not all of them related to the Aggies including this nugget, “… replacing Marv Levy, a surprise hire by Cal at the age of 35 after going 14-6 in two years at UNM. Levy was early in a career that would take him to four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills…” I’m sure that somewhere along the line I’d been told that Marv Levy was once the coach at our rival UNM but it was still a little bit of a shock when I read that sentence.

In its entirety this book covers New Mexico State football from its beginnings in 1894 all the way through present day with plenty of history, backstory, stats, quotes and stories from many sources including The Round Up, The Las Cruces Sun-News and the El Paso Times and the book dedicates a significant portion obviously to the 1960 football team with each game from that season chronicled.

Overall it is a fascinating read for any Aggie football fan and really any New Mexico State alumnus. As we noted before, Perry not only touches on Aggie football’s early beginnings but also New Mexico State’s early beginnings as in 1894 the university was just six years old. Kudos to all involved in producing this book, as we mentioned before, it is clearly a labor of love by four Aggie alumni and well deserving of your time.

There will be a book signing this Saturday, September 19th at COAS Books located on 317 N Main Street in Las Cruces.

For more information, visit . All profits from the sale of “Magic in the Desert” will go to the Daniel Perry Endowment at NMSU.

Also, check out our feature story on Pervis Atkins from 2008: The Trip of a Lifetime  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/16/15 Your thoughts on this past weekend? You had another agonizingly close five set loss but were able to bounce back and get a pair of sweeps on Friday and then had a five set battle with Denver on Saturday.
Mike Jordan: The Oklahoma match was a tough pill to swallow. I think once we adjusted to their size, made a couple of adjustments ourselves defensively and started attacking, we got the better of them. It just took us too long to get going in the first and second set. We got down early and just struggled with their length. They’re a long, tall team and they do some really good things. They’re very good. I think they’re Top 25 caliber. It was a good match. In the fifth set, anything can happen. You never know.

The next day, two matches in one day is difficult but we were able to work through it physically. We were able to get some people off the bench which was good and we were just physically better than both of those teams, both Robert Morris and Brown. Unfortunately we had a couple of injuries happen on that Friday. Andi Tauai dislocated her pinky and we lost Bri Ainsworth earlier in the day. She broke open the bursa sac in her elbow so she’s going to be out a couple of weeks. That didn’t help us against Denver obviously having two starters out. Then because of a scheduling problem we were playing our fourth match of the tournament against Denver, in 40 hours, and they were only playing their second match. So they were a lot more fresh than we were and not having the two starters made life a little harder on us. We just kind of grinded it out, We switched lineups a lot, went back and forth from the 6-2 to the 5-1 and we were able to do enough to get the win against a very good Denver team. Denver went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and they’re picked to win the Summit League again and I think they will, they’re very good. To get a win against a team like that under those circumstances says a lot about our team.  Continue Reading This Post >>