altho short lived, this rivalry has been, always full of exciting moments. In the last seven meetings, two of those meetings have been decided in overtime with three others being decided by a touchdown or less.
The overtime meetings have included a 34-31 win by the Indians in Jonesboro in 1998 and a 35-29 win by the Aggies in Las Cruces in 2000.
Last year's game also featured a comeback from Arkansas State, but this time the Aggies held on for the win. Arkansas State grabbed a 14-0 first quarter lead, but the Aggies scored 26 unanswered points to grab a 26-14 fourth quarter lead. But the Indians scored a touchdown with 5:54 left in the game and had driven to the Aggie 17-yard line with 1:19 left in the game, but Tim Patrick broke up a fourth down pass from Elliot Jacobs to secure the victory.
The 2000 meeting in Las Cruces saw the Aggies rally from a 29-19 deficit with less than five minutes left to force overtime. K.C. Enzminger threw a nine-yard scoring pass to Manwell Talbert to cut the lead to 29-26.
ASU appeared to be in the driver's seat when Robert Kilow returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards, but Tony Lukins stripped him of the ball and Paul Holland recovered it to give the Aggies new life. Dario Aguiniga booted an 18-yard field goal with seven seconds left to tie the game at 29.
In overtime, Chris Barnes scored on the second play from 18 yards out and on the first play for the Indians, Jascon Willis recovered a Kilo fumble to end the game. In 1998 it was the Indians that rallied for victory.
The Aggies led 31-10 going into the fourth quarter, but Cleo Lemon threw three touchdown passes in the final quarter to send the game into overtime.
Arkansas State scored on a 27-yard field goal by Andy McPherson to take a 34-31 lead. The Aggies then ran seven straight plays and on second and goal from the one, Denvis Manns was stripped at the goal line and Arkansas State recovered to end the game.
The first meeting was a forewarning of what was to come as the Aggies won 22-19 in Jonesboro in 1993. Aggie cornerback Parrish Foster recovered a two-point conversion attempt by Arkansas State with 3:27 remaining and returned it 92 yards for a score to seal the Aggies 22-19 victory in Las Cruces.
The Aggies led 6-3 at the half and after Arkansas State tied the game at six, Troy Dublin scored on a three-yard run just before the end of the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead. ASU tied it again at 13 in the fourth quarter, but a 21-yard pass from Cody Ledbetter to Lucious Davis gave the Aggies a 20-13 lead. The Indians scored on a 16 yard run by Marquis Williams before the conversion attempt.
One can look for many more Memorable Aggie Homecoming Moments at the 74th edition of NMSU Aggie homecoming and the second time New Mexico State has hosted Arkansas State on homecoming weekend.