By now we all know about the Aggies 42-28 win at the University of New Mexico on Saturday night.
Is a 14-point win a blowout? For the Aggies it is. And it sure felt like a blowout with the team up 21-0 after the first quarter, 28-7 at halftime and 35-7 in the third quarter.
Every team needs to win big once in a while and for the Aggies it hasn't happened in a long while. Frankly, NMSU has been on the other side of that result too many times.
No need to apologize for the big win.
Quarterback Matt Christian is playing like a senior. He was on target on Saturday and ran the offense very well.
WIth Christian and running back Kenny Turner in the game the Aggies have ran the ball better the past two weeks than they have all season, out of the run-option offense.
No knock on Andrew Manley — I wrote at the beginning of the season that the Aggies could win with either quarterback in the game — but Christian is just a bit more dynamic at this point.
He's fast, mobile and a good decision maker — the system has brought variation to the offense and has allowed the line to protect the passer better. Defensive coordinators now have more to consider when game planning for the Aggies. They have to be more honest — defend more of the field without bringing the blitz as much.
Coordinator Doug Martin needs credit in this. He has reinvented the offense the last two weeks with his backup quarterback and running back in the lineup and has catered to his players' strengths — Christian's running ability, Turner's speed and ability as a gamebreaker on the edge. Martin has adapted the offense and the Aggies have looked very good the last two weeks.
I wrote during fall camp about the Aggie wide receiving corps — this unit was upgraded the most in the offseason.
We all know about Taveon Rogers and Todd Lee.
On Saturday Rogers didn't play (hip/tailbone) but it did not matter.
True freshman Austin Franklin is going to be a monster (five catches, 115 yards, touchdown) and Kemonte Bateman (two catches, 41 yards, TD) and Jerrel Brown (four catches, 51 yards) stepped up. Brown has been seeing action in practice — he was right at the edge of the Aggie depth chart — and is now getting playing time. He caught two balls last week at San Jose State.
We knew going into the game that the Aggie receivers would have a major edge on a woeful UNM secondary and they played well.
The Aggies had to jump out on the Lobos quickly and did exactly that.
The reasons were two-fold:
For starters, the Lobos are a down team and the faster NMSU got up on them, the better. There was no need to give UNM a chance at believing they could win.
Also, the Aggie defense has had its struggles. When the Aggie offense can lead the way and get up by a couple scores on the opposition, it helps the defense. We saw that in both Aggie wins this year — at Minnesota and this past Saturday at UNM.
There is no getting around the fact that the Lobos are just awful. Their defense is bad and the Aggies did whatever they wanted to with the football. UNM didn't generate a pass rush and it's secondary can't cover or tackle — poor coaching.
It's incredible that a school with so much more resources than NMSU can be so much worse at football. This game really showed how bad the Lobos are — NMSU looked entirely too good.
The Lobos have hit rock bottom.
With that being said, any time the Aggies can win three straight over UNM it's a big accomplishment — no matter the circumstances.
Great way for NMSU to enter their bye week.
Now they can rest up and get a boost heading into a big Oct. 15 home game against Idaho.
Week 5 of the season in the books.
And the Aggies are still going.
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