Aggies fall to SJSU

Senior receiver Paul Dombrowski broke the school single season record for catches in a game with 16,but the Aggies fell to San Jose State 27-10 Saturday night at Spartan Stadium.

New Mexico State (0-11, 0-7) threw for 366 yards, 203 by starter Royal Gill and 163 by Joey Vincent, all the in fourth quarter, but San Jose State (2-8, 1- 6) out gained the Aggies 257-10 on the ground.

Dombrowski had 16 catches for 133 yards, breaking the previous record of 15 by Jeff Evans against Southern Illinois in 1978. Dombrowski had eight catches for 63 yards in the first half and eight catches for 70 yards in the second half.

He now has 70 catches for 692 yards this season, breaking the NMSU single season record for catches. The previous record was 68 by Duane Gregory in 1996.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but San Jose State scored on a Yonus Davis 6-yard run on the second play of the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

With just over six minutes left in the half, the Aggies got a break when Spartan punter Waylon Prather shanked a punt that went only 12 yards to give NMSU first and 10 from the San Jose State 18-yard line. On third down, the Aggies completed a two-yard pass to Justine Buries, but a scuffle broke out after the play and three Aggie offensive linemen, Alex Gottlieb, Kyle Smith, and Nick Cole were ejected from the game. NMSU had already lost backup offensive lineman Ray Zielinski earlier in the game due to an injury.

After the 15-yard penalty against the Aggies, they failed to convert on fourth and 25 from the Spartan 33-yard line and failed to score.

San Jose State kicked a field goal with 2:18 left in the half to make it 10- 0, but the Aggies responded by driving 67 yards in 12 plays with Conor Foley booting a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-3 at the half. The key play of the drive was a 48-yard pass from Gill to A.J. Harris on third and 23 from the Aggie 12 yard line.

San Jose State took control of the game on the second play from scrimmage in the second half with Davis ran down the sideline 84 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 17-3 lead. Davis finished the game with 150 yards on 16 carries.

San Jose State added another field goal with 1:13 left in the third quarter to make it 20-3.

Vincent replaced Gill at quarterback on the first Aggie drive of the fourth quarter and drove the team 74 yards, but threw four consecutive incompletions from the Spartan 13-yard line.

On the next Aggie drive, George Trestin intercepted a Vincent pass along the sideline and ran it in for a score from 30 yards out to make it 27-3. Vincent came right back and drove the Aggies 65 yards in six plays with Nick Cleaver catching a one-yard pass for a touchdown one play after making the key play of the drive, a 46 yard reception.

Harris finished with 94 yards on six catches while Justine Buries led the Aggie rushing attack with 20 yards on nine carries. Gill completed 25 of 41 passes for 203 yards while Vincent completed 15 of 23 passes for 163 yards.

San Jose State quarterback Adam Tafralis completed 20 of 34 passes for 222 yards.

New Mexico State will host Utah State next Saturday in the season finale at 2:00 p.m.


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