Aggies Ready for UNM

One thing has been a constant for the past 57 years, the Aggies and Lobos have met in a football game. In fact, except for a interreption from 1943-45 due to World War II, the two schools have played every year since 1919. While the Lobos lead the series, the Aggies have won three of last last five games -- 28-27 in Las Cruces in 1998; 35-28 in Albuquerque in 1999; and 23-14 in Las Cruces in 2002.

After a tough 28-16 loss at Oregon State last Saturday, the Aggies will took the week off from competition to get ready for their annual showdown with the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday, September 27.

The UNM game will begin a stretch of four games in 20 days as the Aggies host Idaho and travel to Middle Tennessee and UL during that stretch.

A Little About The Lobos

New Mexico is looking to avert another slow start and UNM has now lost 8 straight games to ranked opponents and have not won a game against a ranked foe since 1975 when it upset an undefeated Arizona team. Quarterback Casey Kelly, who has been struggled this year has completing 45-of-81 passes for 655 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging 218.3 ypg.

Running backs D.D. Cox and DonTrell Moore pace the ground game. Cox is averaging 94 ypg (52-282) and four touchdowns, while Moore is averaging 83 ypg (50-251) and five touchdowns. Dwight Counter leads the receiving corps with 159 yards on six receptions for 53 ypg. He did not catch a pass last week against BYU, but still leads the team in yards per game. Overall the Lobos are averaging 484 ypg including 249 ypg passing and 235 ypg on the ground. Defensively,

UNM is allowing 20 points per game and an average of 484 ypg, mostly in the air, where the opposition is averaging 303.7 ypg. On the ground UNM is allowing 77.7 ypg, Linebacker Billy Strother leads the team with 20 tackles (11 UT, 9 AT). He's followed by Nick Speegle (12 UT, 6 AT), Daniel Gawronski (9 UT, 6 AT), Sidney Wiley (6 UT, 8 AT). Terrell Golden and Brandon Ratcliff each have 13 tackles to their credit as well.

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