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The Daily Aggie :: 09/26/10

The Aggie football team dropped to 0-3 after a 42-16 loss to Kansas. We mentioned yesterday that the special teams battle would be one to watch and while the Aggies had a record setting performance by Taveon Rogers who finished with with 219 kickoff return yards on six returns, the downside to that record is that meant that Kansas had scored prior to at least five of those six returns (subtract one for the opening kickoff), the game's tide turned on a special teams play made by Kansas. The Aggies had just tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter and on the ensuing kickoff, Kansas' D.J. Beshears returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown putting Kansas up 14-7. While that certainly didn't end the Aggies' hopes in the game, it definitely killed any momentum the Aggies had built on the previous drive.

That being said, the Aggies were still only down by two touchdowns at halftime, however, as was the case last week against UTEP, Kansas scored quickly in the second half turning a 14-point deficit into a 21-point deficit less than two minutes into the second half.

On the plus side, the Aggie offensive line did not give up a sack for the third straight week. We can't remember when was the last time an Aggie football team has gone three straight games without surrendering a sack. Unfortunately on the flip side of that, the Aggie defense did not sack the opposing quarterback for the third consecutive game which, against a team that had given up 12 sacks in their previous three games (four in each game), is a bit disappointing.

The Aggies didn't turn the ball over which is also a plus and something that is a big part of the equation for winning football games but equally as important, the Aggies did not force any turnovers either (and have yet to force one through three games).

The Aggies' task does not get any easier, in fact, it probably gets harder as No. 3 (we'll see where they're ranked when the polls come out) Boise State comes to town on Saturday.

The Aggie volleyball team swept Louisiana Tech for the second time in three days and are off to a 2-0 start in league play. The Aggies won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11. Kayleigh Giddens again dominated the Lady Techsters with 22 kills on 36 swings with just two hitting errors and a .556 hitting percentage. In two matches against Louisiana Tech she has recorded 46 kills on 78 swings with just six hitting errors and a .513 hitting percentage. She has made a very strong case for WAC Player of the Week.

The competition gets much tougher for the Aggies as they'll host No. 5 Hawai'i on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they take on Wyoming. The Cowgirls are 6-5 after knocking off Boise State 1-0 on Friday night. The Aggies lost 1-0 in overtime to Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Cowgirls are a very stingy defense having given up just 15 goals in 11 matches, six of those goals came in one match against Creighton meaning the Cowgirls have given up just nine goals in their other 10 matches.

The Aggies have also been stout defensively giving up just five goals in nine matches.

The match is scheduled for a noon kickoff and there will be no live stats however, there will be live updates via the Wyoming women's soccer Twitter page (@WyoSoccer).

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Louisiana Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball continues its winning ways with Louisiana Tech by sweeping the Techsters at the Pan American Center, Saturday, Sept. 25.

NM State started strong in the first set scoring five consecutive points bringing the Aggies to a 13-6 lead. The Aggies continued their lead with senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens posting three consecutive kills for the Aggies totaling 10 for the set.

The Aggies ended the first set 25-18 with the kill by Giddens.

NM State started slow in the second set trailing LA Tech 8-4.  The Aggies took that as a challenge gaining momentum and catching up to the visitors 10-10 with junior middle hitter Michelle Kuester driving that momentum with the kill pushing the Aggies ahead 14-12.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To Kansas 42-16

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAWRENCE, KS - The NM State football team dropped its third game of the season 42-16 at Kansas’ Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
After the loss, the Aggies fall to 0-3 on the season while Kansas evens its record at 2-2.
The Aggies totaled 275 yards of total offense in the game. Junior quarterback Matt Christian threw for 147 yards on 12-of-20 passing, while senior Seth Smith led the rushing attack with 52 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Senior Marcus Allen led the Aggie receivers with 89 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Defensively, junior Donyae Coleman led the team with 16 tackles.

Junior kickoff return specialist Taveon Rogers broke the single-game record with 219 yards on six returns in the game, also tying a school record for attempts. Rogers posted three returns of 40 yards or more in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/25/10

The Aggie football team is in Lawrence, KS as they try to spring the upset on the Jayhawks. The Aggies are 0-2 on the season and have struggled defensively to get off the field on third down, have given up several big plays, have not been able to get a rush on opposing quarterbacks and have been inconsistent on offense. The Aggies are hoping for a change to all that today. Kansas comes into the game converting just 39 percent of their third down attempts and they have allowed 12 sacks in the first three games. However, the Jayhawks have 10 "big plays" (passes or runs of 20-plus yards) and their defense has given up an average of 20 points per game.

It will take a very strong effort for the Aggies to come out victorious, however, it's not impossible. The Jayhawks are still smarting a bit from their 6-3 loss to FCS foe North Dakota State to open the season and while that was three games ago, it will no doubt be in the back of every Jayhawk coach, player and fans' minds when the two teams take the field today.

Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker told the Lawrence Journal-World, “You’re always going to look at it and say if it’s been done once, it can happen again." He added, "Anything’s possible so we’re going to try to hold on to (what North Dakota State did), and hopefully it’ll happen for us this weekend.”

An Aggie victory today will depend on all three facets of the game, offense, defense and special teams. The Aggie offense must be more consistent. They came out strong in the first quarter against San Diego State but then had a lull in the second quarter that halted their momentum. Against UTEP, the Aggie offense was non-existent in the first, third and part of the fourth quarters. The Aggie ground game also needs to get in gear. Last season the Aggies 141.5 yards per game on the ground and with two solid backs in Seth Smith (over 1,000 yards last season) and heralded junior college transfer Kenny Turner, the ground game must be more of a factor than it has through the two games (just 110 yards combined for the duo through the first two games).

Defensively, the Aggies must take advantage of the KU offensive line's struggles to protect their quarterback. The Aggies have yet to record a sack and have not had much success getting the opposing quarterback's jersey dirty. The Aggies also must limit Kansas' big plays both on the ground and through the air.

On special teams, the Aggies have a slight edge. Kansas has had two punts blocked this season. The Aggies will also need to punt the ball well on the occasions where drives cannot be sustained. Field position is always key in football games and the Aggie defense can ill afford to be put in short field situations.

Today's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. MT kickoff and can be seen on Fox College Sports Central (DirecTV channel 623) and click here to find out if FCS is available from your provider. Live Stats will also be available for today's game. The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Also check out our Know The Foe segment with the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait as well as the KU athletic website's Gameday Central page.

The Aggie volleyball team returns to action at home for the first time since September 3rd. The Aggies were on the road for eight consecutive matches. The Aggies face Louisiana Tech, a team they just defeated on Thursday night in a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-11). As we mentioned on Thursday, the Aggies have been dominant against the Lady Techsters having only dropped three sets now in 12 matches under head coach Mike Jordan.

Kayleigh Giddens dominated the Lady Techsters on Thursday night and there's no reason to believe that she can't do the same tonight.

Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT first serve. Streaming video and audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required) and the match can also be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the action.

The Aggie soccer team lost 1-0 to Northern Colorado in overtime snapping a four match unbeaten streak. The Aggies had gone 3-0-1 in their past four matches and the golden goal by UNC's J.J. Wykstra snapped a 429 minute scoreless streak by the Aggie goal keepers. They had not allowed a goal since the 44:45 mark of their match against Northern Arizona.

The loss is just the second of the season for the Aggies and for the second year program, it's their 11th overtime match in 28 matches and their third this season. The Aggies are 3-5-3 in overtime matches.

The Aggies will continue their road trip on Sunday as they face Wyoming at 12:00 p.m. MT.

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Aggie Soccer Falls 1-0 In Overtime To Northern Colorado

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

GREELEY, CO - The New Mexico State soccer team’s four-match unbeaten streak was snapped at Northern Colorado with a 1-0 overtime loss. This was the Aggies’ third overtime match of the season.

In the second road contest of the year, NM State fell to 5-2-2 while Northern Colorado improved to 6-3-1.

“We didn’t play well in the first half, but I thought we came out and played well in the second half,” head coach Michael Needham said. “It was a good game in the second half, and we were lucky to escape to overtime. I thought we were more dangerous attacking in the second half and in overtime anything can happen.

“I thought this was great preparation going into conference next week. Overall, this was a good game in a good environment on the road.”

After a scoreless 90 minutes, Northern Colorado scored in the fourth minute of extra time when midfielder JJ Wykstra nailed a header on a corner kick.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Jayhawk Q&A With KUSports.com's Matt Tait

Know The Foe :: Kansas
The Aggies travel to Lawrence, KS to take on BCS foe Kansas. We've enlisted the help of Matt Tait who covers the Jayhawks for the Lawrence Journal-World to give Aggie fans a look at this Saturday's opponent.

The Jayhawks are 1-2 on the season under Turner Gill, they opened up his tenure with a 6-3 loss at home to North Dakota State followed by a 28-25 upset victory over then No. 15 Georgia Tech and followed that up with a 31-16 loss to Southern Miss on the road.  Obviously the Jayhawks aren't as bad as their 6-3 loss NDSU, are they as good as their victory over Georgia Tech and how much can you blame their loss to Southern Miss on A) playing on a short week and B) a young team experiencing the hangover of an upset victory and what is your feel for where the Jayhawks are headed this season?
I really don't think the loss to Southern Miss had much to do with the short week. Did it have something to do with playing on the road? Probably. You're talking about a team starting a freshman at tailback and a red-shirt freshman at quarterback. There are plenty of other young guys on the field, too, who surely were in awe of their first road experience. Overall, I think KU has a chance to win six games this season but I have said all along that if they do it has to be considered a wildly successful year. The schedule, while never easy in the Big 12, is not that challenging and some of KU's key games are at home. Until they prove otherwise, it appears that this will be a team that responds well to tough defeats but maybe can't quite keep it rolling after victories. There's a lot of season left to still answer that question, though.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/24/10

The Aggie volleyball team continued their dominance of Louisiana Tech as the two teams kicked off WAC play last night. The Aggies swept Louisiana Tech and recorded the 12th straight victory over the Lady Techsters. The Aggies held off LA Tech in the first set 25-23, then won the last five points of the second set to take a 25-20 victory and then crushed the Lady Techsters in the final set 25-11. Kayleigh Giddens had another spectacular outing with 24 kills and a .476 hitting percentage.

The Aggie defense held LA Tech to a .049 hitting percentage. Also of note in the match was the return of Kelsey Brennan from her ankle injury. Brennan finished the match with eight kills and three block assists. Another big item from last night's match was the return of libero Kelsi Phillips to the Aggie team. Phillips was the starting libero last season but did not return to the team this fall. She is back and played last night finishing with three digs and a kill. Phillips' return helps to bolster the Aggie defense and passing which has struggled a bit at times this season.

The Aggies and Lady Techsters will square off again on Saturday night in Las Cruces.

The Aggie soccer team returns to action today as they're facing Northern Colorado. The Bears are 5-3-1 on the season and have scored 17 goals on the season while allowing just 11. Ariel Cook leads the way for the Bears with six goals on the season. Danielle Birdsall is second on the team with four goals. Kimmie Fiedler leads the team in assists with four.

The Bears have scored 10 of their 17 goals in the first half while they've allowed just three of the 11 opposing goals in the first half.

Today's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff. There will be no live stats for the match.

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Aggies Sweep Louisiana Tech To Open WAC Play

The Aggie volleyball team ended their six match losing streak defeating Louisiana Tech 3-0 on Thursday night. The Aggies have won 12 straight matches against the Lady Techsters and start off WAC play with a victory for the fifth consecutive season.

Kayleigh Giddens finished with a match-high 24 kills on 42 attacks with just four hitting errors hitting .476 for the match. Junior middle blocker Kelsey Brennan returned to action after missing the last match with an ankle injury and finished with eight kills.

The Aggies and Lady Techsters battled closely in the first set with the Aggies leading 14-11 midway through. Louisiana Tech took a three point lead at 20-17 but the Aggies would rally to take the set 25-23.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Charley Johnson Named To Texas Sports Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Committee chaired by Texas Football Magazine founder Dave Campbell, has announced its Class of 2010 presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. New Mexico State’s own Charley Johnson has been named to this year’s induction class.

Johnson, a Big Spring, TX native, played basketball & quarterback at New Mexico State with a 23-9 record in football. He was the first and only back-to-back Sun Bowl MVP (1959 & 1960) and only player in school history to have jersey retired. A member of the NM State Athletics/First Community Bank Hall of Fame, Johnson was a 15 year NFL quarterback with Chicago Cardinals, Houston Oilers & Denver Broncos and a 1963 NFL Pro Bowl Selection. Johnson is a member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering while playing pro football. He is currently a professor of Chemical Engineering at NM State.  Continue Reading This Post >>