Well, the Aggies needed to beat the Lobos and they did.
Was it pretty? No. Was it a must win? That's a relative term, but you didn't want to be the loser in this one. It meant you might be the worst team in Division I.
The Aggies had some young players step up and when you look at the field, there are some DeWayne Walker recruits who are getting the job done.
Obviously Andrew Manley looks to be a player. We've been talking about it since fall camp and he didn't disappoint in leading the team to the winning field goal yesterday.
Manley should have been brought into the game sooner. The Aggie offense looked like last year's attack - a quarterback draw on 3rd-and-13 in the fourth quarter stood out. Manley enters the game and zips two passes right in there, particularly the 21-yarder down to Marcus Allen inside the 10-yard line. That was a real-deal throw.
But there were other players that stood out to me too.
No. 1 was true freshman defensive tackle Augafa Vaaulu. Vaaulu has the size - 6-foot-3, 295 pounds - to be an impact Division I lineman and he made some plays last night. It looked like he forced a fumble, although it was awarded to Davon House. He recovered a fumble, made three tackles, with one going for a loss. The Aggies do have depth along the line, and I think Vaaulu could be a keeper. He's No. 91, take a look at him next game you're at.
I also think Branden Warner has had a decent year backing up at defensive end. Warner was highly touted coming here last season and didn't do anything. But he made four stops last night and held his own at the point of attack.
Donyae Coleman has been the most consistent defensive player on the team this season at safety.
Tyler Stampler's performance last night was strong - three field goals including the game winner.
And true freshman Davonte Wallace has been starting for most of the season at left offensive tackle.
It's nice to see young players stepping in and making an impact, particularly at the quarterback position. It gives fans hope for the future.
The Lobos are terrible and it showed on Saturday.
Five turnovers? And they were all critical - a muffed punt for the touchdown and how do you fumble late and give NMSU a crack at taking the lead, which the Aggies did?
At some point, players have to stop putting the ball on the ground. The Lobos had three fumbles in the second half and all were critical and gave NMSU great field position. Somehow, the Aggies only got three points out of them.
It's tough, because Mike Locksley really needs his own quarterback running the show. He hasn't gotten that yet.
But you couldn't get off to a worse start to a head coaching career than he has. It just looks like - judging by his team's performance is all you really need to see - that he wasn't prepared for such a big task of being a head coach. And it is a big task, a huge task. It's not even a comparison to being an assistant.
The fan reaction after the game was awesome with everyone piling onto the field.
The place was loud last night in the fourth quarter.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Las Cruces would support a winner. And it would be awesome to see.
Despite both teams bungling around in the second half - the Aggies couldn't complete a forward pass and both clubs seemed to move backwards on offense in the third quarter - Walker said the attitude was still upbeat on the NMSU sidelines.
The third quarter saw the Aggies face a 4th-and-34 and a 4th-and-36; UNM faced a 4th-and-39 and a fourth-and-27.
At one point in the fourth quarter, the Lobos fumbled away the ball at the UNM 28, only to have the Aggies fumble it back to the Lobos at the 25. UNM was up 14-13 at the time.
"We just never lost faith," NMSU head coach DeWayne Walker said. "Our sidelines, they were alive the whole night. The coaches, they were alive the whole night…Our kids fought till the end and we knew it would go to the end. It was a four-quarter game and I was happy to see our guys finish it up with the W."
The defensive line finally got pressure on the quarterback. Donte Savage had a monster game - nine tackles, two sacks, four tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.
NMSU forced five turnovers and recorded two sacks after having none in either category through the first four games of the season.
Sacks and turnovers - those two statistics go hand-in-hand.
Robert Clay was the unsung hero from Saturday's game.
He recovered the muffed punt in the endzone for a touchdown.
He made another nice tackle on special teams on punt coverage.
And he ran hard - 11 carries for 44 yards.
Robert is proving his worth. Without his efforts, the Aggies don't win the game.