Defense Dominates Annual Spring Football Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team held its annual spring game on Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The game lasted about an hour and a half in front of around 1,000 fans.

The NM State defense dominated the game from start to finish, causing several turnovers and collecting a handful of sacks. The offense was slightly off during the scrimmage with just a few highlight plays.

“I thought after last week’s scrimmage where the offense dominated, the defense took it a little personal today and answered the bell,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “The offense was just off a little bit on every phase of the game. I think the defense had a very good day.”

Defensive lineman Donte Savage led the way for the defensive line with three sacks. Like he did all spring, Savage was all over the field causing havoc for the offense line at times. Linebacker Trashaun Nixon also had a fantastic day for the defense, making several tackles, including recovering a fumble by the offense and returning it for a defensive touchdown. Nixon also intercepted a pass during the game. Defensive backs Dele Junaid, Cameron Fuller and Darien Johnson each stepped up and made big pass break ups when the defense needed them.

Defensive linemen Chance Roberts and Anthony Smith each recorded a sack, while defensive end Nick Oliva had a fumble recovery.

Offensively, wide receivers Kevan Walker and Kemonte Bateman each had some big catches in the game, while running back Akeelie Mustafa continued to make defender miss on a few running plays during the game. Quarterbacks Andrew McDonald and Travaughn Colwell split time running the offense on the day and each had some positive throws down field.

The Aggies also worked on kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage and punt return. Place kicker Brock Baca hit two field goals in the scrimmage of 40 and 43 yards respectively.

The Aggies open the 2012 season on Thursday, August 30 against Sacramento State in Aggie Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. Season tickets are on-sale now at the Pan American Center ticket office or by calling (575) 646-1420.