NMSU and Utah State meet in Arizona Bowl

NMSU and Utah State meet in Arizona Bowl

NMSU and Utah State meet in Arizona Bowl

The New Mexico State Aggies arrived in Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday ahead of their Arizona Bowl match-up on Friday with Utah State. The score came after Utah State place kicker Dominik Eberle knocked a field goal off the uprights in the first half of the overtime period. He missed four field goals in the game after missing just two in the regular season.

Before that, the sides' only other trips to the end zone were through special teams. Rose was named the game's MVP after rushing for 142 yards and the lone touchdown. The play was reviewed for about two minutes before the decision was made that Scott had possession of the ball and was able to get a foot down inbounds.

Odds Shark is predicting a narrow victory for the Utah State Aggies, who are favorites over New Mexico State with the over/under at 62.5.

You have an aerial-based offence in New Mexico State going against one of the better pass defenses in the country in Utah State in this one. NMSU will probably be a little nervous but, since I'm biased, I think they'll pull out the W and keep New Mexico State flawless in bowl games. New Mexico State drove down the field on the first drive but was held to a redzone field goal by Utah State. But Eberle missed a 49-yard field goal with 10:41 left in the third quarter. The teams enter the locker room tied at 13.

"That's something we did for a good part of the game, but we didn't make enough plays".

Rose, though, was electric to the tune of 16 carries for 132 yards, while Hunt buoyed Utah State's offense with 20 carries for 133 yards. Utah State returns the ball to the NMSU 42.


Both teams struggled on third downs, converting a combined 5 of 40.

With both teams so evenly matched, it's noteworthy to point out that New Mexico State leads with 352 passing yards compared to 223 from Utah State. Utah State's Koby McEwen scored a game-high 24. On the ensuing kickoff, Utah State freshman wide receiver Savon Scarver took the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

USU took advantage of a turnover by turning it into a 35-yard field goal by Eberle to start the second quarter and tie the score. 20-13 NMSU. That same scoreline is still possible.

Travel restrictions made the Arizona Bowl one of the few bids that New Mexico State could have accepted. USU QB Jordan Love was 25 for 44 for 254 yards. USU will also participate in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Press Conference, as head coach Matt Wells, senior All-American cornerback Jalen Davis and senior running back LaJuan Hunt will address the media.

But this has been a long, arduous wait for New Mexico State fans. Fortunately for Wells and his Aggies, New Mexico State's Tyler Rogers promptly threw in an interception.

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