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CFN Take: NMSU & Shapiro Get Win Over Idaho

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Posted Nov 30, 2013


2013 New Mexico State Aggies ... Head Coach: Doug Martin


New Mexico State Aggies

2013 Record: 2-10
8/31 at Texas L 56-7
9/7 Minnesota L 44-21
9/14 UTEP L 42-21
9/21 at UCLA L 59-13
9/28 San Diego St L 26-16
10/5 at New Mexico L 66-17
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 Rice L 45-19
10/26 Abilene Christian W 34-29
11/2 at Louisiana L 49-35
11/9 Boston Coll L 48-34
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 at Florida Atlantic L 55-10
11/30 Idaho W 24-16
at New Mexico State 24, Idaho 16
Basically … New Mexico State’s Adam Shapiro ran for an eight-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and that was it for the scoring as the Aggie defense held on allowing just a 25-yard Austin Rehkow field goal in the third quarter. Rehkow hit three field goals on the day, and Michael LaGrone caught a 56-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 13-7 lead, but NMSU took the lead for good on Austin Franklin’s second touchdown catch of the day from Andrew McDonald.
- New Mexico State RB Germi Morrison ran 17 times for 111 yards.
- Idaho QB Taylor Davis completed 21-of-41 passes for 250 yards and a score with a pick, and he ran 11 times for 24 yards.
- Idaho outgained NMSU 459 yards to 371, but committed eight penalties to NMSU’s one.
- NMSU WR Austin Franklin caught six passes for 64 yards and two scores.

Boston College 48, at New Mexico State 34
Basically … In a fight, Boston College took over in the fourth quarter breaking a 34-34 tie in the final five minutes with an Andre Williams 80-yard touchdown run and a 47-yard scoring dash to finally put the game away. Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes including a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mike Naples ad a 30-yarder to Alex Amidon. New Mexico State got three Andrew McDonald touchdown passes with two to Austin Franklin from 14 and 49 yards out to tie it up in the fourth before Williams tore off his big runs.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran 30 times for 295 yards and two scores.
- NMSU QB Andrew McDonald completed 41-of-55 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and Austin Franklin completed two passes for five yards, ran three times for 22 yards and caught ten passes for 145 yards and two scores.
- BC QB Chase Rettig completed 17-of-25 passes for 230 yards and three scores.
- The two teams combined for 1,089 yards of total offense. The Aggies committed ten penalties for BC’s two.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 49, New Mexico State 35
Basically … Alonzo Harris ran for five scores as ULL overcame a 28-7 deficit with 34 straight points, but it took touchdown five on a 30-yard dash with 52 seconds to play to finally put the game away. New Mexico State got a touchdown run and three scoring passes from Andrew McDonald, including two to Austin Franklin from 65 and seven yards out. Travaughn Colwell added a 36-yard scoring play on the way to an early lead for the Aggies before the Ragin’ Cajuns went on its scoring run.
- New Mexico State had the ball for 37:30, converting 7-of-15 third down plays.
- Louisiana-Lafayette averaged 6.5 yards per carry with Alonzo Harris rushing 16 times for 106 yards and five scores. NMSU averaged 2.9 yards per try.
- New Mexico State QB Andrew McDonald completed 24-of-34 passes for 327 yards and three scores with a pick, and he ran for a short touchdown. WR Austin Franklin caught 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
- Louisiana-Lafayette QB Terrence Broadway completed 14-of-20 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and a pick, and he ran nine times for 28 yards.

at New Mexico State 34, Abilene Christian 29
Basically … New Mexico State scored 13 straight points in the fourth quarter with two Maxwell Johnson field goals and Germi Morrison’s second touchdown run of the day, but Abilene Christian made it interesting with a five-yard Charcandrick West touchdown catch from John David Baker, who threw for 428 yards and three scores, with 19 seconds to play. ACU came up with the onside kick, and Baker found Monte Green-Avery, who after the 59-yard play pitched it Taylor Gabriel, who got down to the six before Trashuan Nixon came up with a stop to seal the Aggie win.

at New Mexico 66, New Mexico State 17
Basically … Kasey Carrier scored three times in the first quarter and Carlos Wiggins returned a kickoff for a score and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass as New Mexico had a 42-14 first half lead and got up 52-14 in the third. NMSU tried to find something that worked with Adam Shapiro and Andrew McDonald each running for scores, but that was it for the touchdowns, managing just a 38-yard field goal in the third.
- New Mexico needed this. The running game did whatever it wanted with 541 yards, and while there wasn’t much of a passing game, Cole Gautsche hit a 33-yard scoring throw. The line pushed around the Aggies and Gautsche was fantastic on the edge, running for 127 yards and a score, while Kasey Carrier ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries.
- New Mexico State threw for a few yards, but they didn’t mean anything. The offense was way too inept early on, and then, all of a sudden, it was 21-0 Lobos and the game was effectively over.
- The Lobos showed what they can do with a good lead. The running game didn’t exactly dominate the clock, but there wasn’t any need to take any chances after everything worked early on.
- You can’t stop the New Mexico running game without making several plays behind the line. Trashaun Nixon came up with 2.5 tackles for loss, and Clint Barnard was in on the other half – that was it. There were way, way too many plays against the run made in the secondary.

San Diego State 26, at New Mexico State 16
Basically … San Diego State overcame an early 16-0 deficit with 26 unanswered points, starting out with a blocked conversion attempt for two points on NMSU’s final touchdown. Donnel Pumphrey ran for touchdowns from 12, two and 43 in the second half, while the Aztec defense clamped down after allowing two Andrew McDonald scoring passes in the first half.
- It might not have been a thing of beauty, and it might have been really, really ugly early, but San Diego State finally got a win. If took controlling the game with the ground attack, with Donnel Pumphrey running for 167 yards and three scores on 19 carries, but a tough first part of the season has a positive.
- Where did the Aggie offense go? Andrew McDonald kept on throwing, but there wasn’t any ground game to help the cause and the downfield passing dried up after com early success. NMSU just couldn’t move the ball.
- How did San Diego State end up winning this game? It had the ball for just over 31 of the final 45 minutes. New Mexico State’s offense was seemingly never on the field after a great first quarter.
- David Cazares continues to put up huge numbers for the Aggie defense – cranking out 14 tackles with a tackle for loss – but there weren’t enough third down stops. This loss hurts – the chances were there early.

at UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13
Basically … The Bruins went through a light scrimmage scoring the first 45 points of the game with Brett Hundley throwing three touchdown passes and Jordon James running for a 19-yard score. New Mexico State finally got on the board with a 33-yard Adam Shapiro catch in the fourth quarter, but UCLA kept on cranking with two three-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter from Malcolm Jones.
- Considering the Bruins cranked out 692 yards of total offense and won in a walk, there were some problems. UCLA turned it over three times with two Brett Hundley interceptions, and committed 15 penalties for 138 yards. Now come the big conference games, and the mistakes have to stop.
- UCLA is fantastic, with the ability and potential to get to the Rose Bowl, but New Mexico State still failed to do anything to make it interesting. It’s been a rough start to the season, but Andrew McDonald completed 9-of-13 passes and moved the offense a little bit.
- Davis Cazares continues to put up huge stats, even if the NMSU defense doesn’t seem to function well enough as a whole. He came up with 12 tackles with two picks. He deemed to do everything on his own; his ten solo stops would’ve led the team by 2.5 tackles.
- As a tribute to fallen teammate Nick Pasquale, UCLA started out its first offensive series with just ten men on the field.

UTEP 42, at New Mexico State 21, Sept. 14
Basically … With the game tied at 21 after a 72-yard Brandon Betancourt touchdown catch for NMSU, UTEP scored 21 unanswered points with LaQuintus Dowell 54-yard dash and Darrin Laufasa scoring dashes from 17 and 45 yards out. NMSU scored on three big pass plays, but four turnovers were disastrous with UTEP’s Dashone Smith picking off two throws.
- UTEP controlled everything with a great offensive balance, holding on to the ball for almost 42 minutes. Former Texas A&M QB Jamiel Showers was terrific, completing 18-of-28 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, but it was a total team effort with big run after big run and enough key pass plays to blow up in the second half.
- On the downside, the NMSU defense couldn’t get off the field. However, the stats were impressive. Clint Barnard came up with 20 tackles and Davis Cazares made 16 stops with a forced fumble.
- Where was the UTEP secondary? New Mexico State threw for 299 yards and bombed away with massive quick strikes. UTEP might have controlled the clock, but the corners let the Aggies get deep way too easily.
- The Aggies quarterbacks can ball. Still working with the two-QB experiment, Andrew McDonald hit 7-of-11 passes for 156 yards and two scores with a pick, while King Davis III completed 7-of-14 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 31 yards.

at Texas 56, New Mexico State 7, Aug. 31
Basically … Texas was a little sleepy early, getting down 7-0 on a Joshua McDonald touchdown catch in the second quarter, and then the alarm went off. David Ash bombed away with a 54-yard touchdown pass to John Harris and scoring passes from 66 and 24 yards out to Daje Johnson to pull away. The home runs kept on coming with a 55-yard run from Ash and a 74-yard pass play to Malcolm Brown as part of the 715 yards of total offense racked up.
- It took way too long to get going, but once Texas got everything in gear, it was a breathtaking show with speed, power and precision.
- Outside of two picks, David Ash was nearly perfect, completing 20-of-28 passes for 343 yards and four scores, and he showed off his speed with his long scoring dash on the way to 91 yards on the day.
- It’s a new era for New Mexico State football under Doug Martin, and at least the passing game worked. Andrew McDonald threw for 242 yards and a score with a pick, and he did what he could as a runner.
- On his return from injury, linebacker Jordan Hicks came up with six tackles. Also back from missing time hurt, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat made seven tackles with a tackle for loss.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited New head coach Doug Martin is getting plenty of time to work and figure out what he needs to do before a late spring start. Everything needs to start from scratch after losing the final 11 games following a season opening win over Sacramento State, and there are plenty of pieces to play around with. 15 starters return along with both specialists, and almost all the backups return, too, meaning it should be a spirited spring session with lots of fights for jobs. Quarterback Andrew Manley is a good place to start, but he needs more time to operate. Getting five starters back on the line should help. The defense returns most of the key defensive backs and top-tackling linebacker Trashaun Nixon.

Why To Be Grouchy It’s going to take a lot just to make the team competitive. The Aggies didn’t just lose, they lost to a lot of awful teams and very, very badly. Ten of the 11 losses came by double digits, including clunkers against UTSA, Texas State, UTEP and New Mexico. The defense needs more of a pass rush, but it loses top sacker Donte Savage along with defensive tackle Walton Taumoepeau. The offense has to find more pop and explosion, but second-leading receiver Kemonte Bateman is gone after serving as top-target Austin Franklin’s running mate.

What Needs Working On The pass rush was bad, the running game was worse, and there wasn’t nearly enough steady production on either side of the ball, but the Aggies can’t begin to improve without first starting to win the turnover margin. The team just isn’t good enough to make a slew of mistakes, and while turnovers weren’t too much of a problem, generating them was. The defense managed to come up with a paltry four picks on the year, mainly because the defensive front was only able to generate ten sacks and rarely touched opposing passers. There wasn’t much luck when the ball was on the ground, either, coming up with just five of 18 fumbles; the defense didn’t recover a fumble over the final six games of the year and came up with just two after coming up with three in the first two games.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Aggies have to work on everything. New head coach Doug Martin has to first work on the defense that failed to generate any pass rush and was miserable against anyone who wanted to run the ball. On the other side of the ball, there has to be a running game to give quarterback Andrew Manley a little bit of help. It starts with an offensive line that got Manley hammered and didn't come up with anything for the rushing attack. There's no hope of getting better without improving the turnover margin. The Aggies came up with just four picks and five recovered fumbles.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receivers. It's a tough beat for Doug Martin with almost no time to work and no conference to sell to prospects, but he's doing what he can. Linebacker Brandon Hines is a nice get out of Texas, and running back Marquette Washington has the speed and size to end up working the offense around, but the key might be the receiving corps. Jerrion Burton and James Ooten out of California will eventually be starters, while Prentavious Morehead will someday be a No. 1 target.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 108. That Class Was Heavy On ... More and more and more instant options. Head coach DeWayne Walker has been able to build a little bit from the freshman classes, but he’s gone heavy after JUCO, JUCO, JUCO over the last few years. This seasons’ haul won’t be any different. The Aggies have to reload at several spots and need an overhaul on the lines, and while the offensive side isn’t going to get an influx of talent, the defense is about to get several ready-made options. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 118. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. JUCO receiver Kemonte Bateman is a 4.4 blazer who can finally provide some pop for the Aggie passing game, but the program also needs to develop more quarterback depth and find more options. There isn’t a sure-thing starter in the lot, but it’s a strength-in-numbers class with 6-5, 225-pound Matt Jaramillio, Travaughn Colwell, and Gary Isaacson all fighting it out to be the face of the program in the near future. JUCO transfer DE Sean Brown needs to be an instant impact pass rusher.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 110. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO transfers. DeWayne Walker struggled with his first recruiting class, and his second one isn't all that great. However, considering the team made decent strides after starting from near-scratch, it was a must to get more players who can help the team right away. And here come the JUCO transfers with seven coming in highlighted by OT Aundre McGaskey, who might be an anchor from snap one. DT David Mahoney should be a big factor right away, while QB Matt Christian will get every chance to start.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 120. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive tackle. New head coach DeWayne Walker is a defensive coach by trade and he wanted to start off his era by improving the interior of the defense … now. Three JUCO transfers are coming in, John Finau, D’Juan Yates, and Vincent Federico, and they’re all expected to make an impact. Walker was also able to get two JUCO receivers, William Bullock and Marcus Allen, who would’ve been big-time producers in the Hal Mumme era.


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