it's Homecoming! The Aggie football team hosts No. 24 Louisiana Tech today and the Aggies' biggest challenge will be keeping the LA Tech offense in check. The Bulldogs average 56 points per game and no team this season has held them under 44 points. Even Texas A&M, an SEC team, surrendered 57 to the Bulldogs. LA Tech is also coming off a game in which they scored 70 points, 56 in the first half, against Idaho.
The good news for the Aggies? They should be able to score a few points today. Louisiana Tech's opponents are averaging 36 points per game and 24 points is the fewest points any team has scored on them this season.
Will the Aggies be able to win the game today? It's going to take a herculean effort to do so. The defense has to get off the field and keep LA Tech to just field goals and the offense has to do what they did last week in terms of controlling the clock. What we really want to see from the Aggie is just improvement on both sides of the ball. Last week against a very good Utah State defense the Aggies were able to move the ball fairly consistently. If they can do that again today and capitalize on their scoring opportunities then perhaps they can keep the game closer than most people think it will end up.
For the defense, they've put together a couple of respectable games but this will be their toughest challenge of the season. If the defense can hold LA Tech under 45 points we'll consider that a win for the defense.
Today's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and can be seen on AggieVision and ESPN3.
The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tonight as they take on Denver. The Aggies are coming off an impressive sweep of UNM on Tuesday night in a match that could be the springboard into consistent play that this team has been searching for.
Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays hit .438 and had 16 kills against the Lobos and it was a bit of a slump busting performance. Over the previous six matches Hays had been hitting just .119 with 80 kills but also 48 attack errors on 267 swings. It goes without saying but when Hays is effective and efficient, the Aggies generally win.
Denver is riding a four game win streak going into tonight's match. This is another critical match for New Mexico State to try to keep pace with Utah State. The Aggies currently sit alone in second, a half game ahead of Idaho who lost at UTSA on Thursday night. Utah State is a game head of the Aggies in both the win and loss columns having played two more matches in conference than the Aggies have.
The Aggies can't afford another loss in conference play if they want to win the regular season title. It's unlikely that USU would lose more than twice more in their final five WAC matches (that's including a potential win by New Mexico State over USU when the two teams meet next Saturday) and the Aggies also want to make sure they stay ahead of Idaho (who they still face in Las Cruces) and secure a top two seed in the conference tournament.
Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve with Live Stats available via the Denver athletic website.
The WAC Cross Country championship meet was held this morning in Ruston, LA. Unfortunately senior harrier Courtney Schultz's bid for four straight individual titles came up just short. Schultz finished second behind Idaho's Hannah Kiser. The Aggie women's and men's teams both finished outside the top three (full final results will be available later today). The Idaho women won their third straight title while UT Arlington took the men's title.
Congratulations again to Schultz, even though she wasn't able to four-peat, three first place finishes and a second place finish is still one heck of a career record. There will be at least one more meet for Schultz, the Mountain Regional at Colorado State and hopefully another trip to Nationals for Schultz.
The Shreveport Times previews today's game.
The News Star previews today's game.
The Associated Press previews today's game.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News features Aggie running back Germi Morrison.
Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News takes a look at the Aggie big men.
The Denver athletic website previews today's game.
The Seattle athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss to SU.
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