Aggies Stand In Way Of Boise State's Goals

The checklist is not complete. One more game stands in the way of Boise State achieving its preseason goals. That team is New Mexico State, led by a highly-qualified coach with a victory over USC on his resume.

With just one game remaining in the regular season, Boise State will host New Mexico State Saturday in Bronco Stadium.  The Aggies are the final team standing in the way of Boise State 's seventh outright Western Athletic Conference title and a possible second Bowl Championship Series ( BCS ) bowl game.


Boise State enters their 10th meeting against the Aggies with a 9-0 all-time record.  The last match-up ended in a 49-0 Bronco shutout in Las Cruces , New Mexico New Mexico State currently sits at the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference standings after a heartbreaking 13-10 loss to San Jose State last weekend and now moves to 1-6 in conference play (3-9 overall). 


New Mexico State is led by first-year head coach DeWayne Walker (3-9).  Walker was Pete Carroll's first hire when he became head coach at USC in 2001.  He later moved to the National Football League as a defensive back coach for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins until taking a job at UCLA in 2006.  As defensive coordinator at UCLA, Walker 's team was able to hold USC to under 10 points for the first time in five years and snap a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry.  After two years with the Bruins, he took on head coaching duties at New Mexico State


2009 New Mexico State Results (before Boise State ):


September 5


L 21-6

0-1 (0-1)

September 12

Prairie View A&M 

W 21-18

1-1 (0-1)

September 19


L 38-12

1-2 (0-1)

September 26

at New Mexico 

W 20-17

2-2 (0-1)

October 3

at San Diego State 

L 34-17

2-3 (0-1)

October 10

Utah State 

W 20-17

3-3 (1-1)

October 17

at Louisiana Tech 

L 45-7

3-4 (1-2)

October 24

Fresno State 

L 34-3

3-5 (1-3)

October 31

at No. 17 Ohio State 

L 45-0

3-6 (1-3)

November 14

at Hawaii 

L 24-6

3-7 (1-4)

November 21


L 63-20

3-8 (1-5)

November 28

at San Jose State 

L 13-10

3-9 (1-6)



Aggie Players to Watch:

Jr. RB, Seth Smith, leads the team in rushing with 902 yards on 211 carries and one touchdown.  Smith also has 10 receptions for a total of 36 yards. 


Sr. LB, Jason Scott, leads the defense in tackles with 96, including three pass deflections. 

So. DE, Pierre Fils, leads the team in sacks with six and forced fumbles with three.  Fils also has one pass deflection, a QB hurry, and one fumble recovery.

Jr. DB, Davon House, leads the team with three interceptions and pass deflections with 12. 




Interesting Game-time Facts: 

The Aggie offense is averaging 232.5 total yards with 141.5 yards through the air and 91 yards on the ground.


The Aggies are putting up 11.8 points per game while giving up 30.8 points per game. 


Last time the Aggies stepped onto the blue turf, they left with a 58-0 shutout courtesy of Boise State .


The first game between the two schools was back in 1996, when the Broncos pulled out a one-point 33-32 win.


Boise State has outscored New Mexico State 114-6 in the last two games on the blue turf and the Aggies have not scored a single point in the last two meetings. 


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