The Las Cruces Bulldawgs boys basketball knocked off an El Paso unbeaten earlier in this week, when they beat El Paso’s Faith Christian 61-58. While Faith Christian has a strong starting five, they lack depth, and it’s an area the Bulldawgs attacked going into the evening.
In the world of Aggie basketball, it’s an exciting time and a sad time wrapped into one. That’s what happens when rival Utah State comes to Las Cruces, for perhaps the last time in a long time. USU is set to join the Mountain West Conference following the 2012-13 academic year, while NMSU stands pat in the WAC. We teamed up with BleedCrimson.net for our weekly podcast previewing the game. One thing we know, is that the upcoming week will be a big one for Aggie hoops, hosting USU, San Jose State and Denver, three teams along with NMSU atop the WAC standings. With that as the back drop, it will be a time when the league’s contenders separate themselves, writes Aggie basketball beat writer Jason Groves. Jason also writes about the team’s recent surge in WAC play, and how it can be attributed to the uptick in play from a trio of veteran Aggies.
On the football front, former Nevada coach Chris Ault talks about his former quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a Q&A with Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News. For those Aggie fans who remember Kaepernick, he played the Aggies four times when the two teams were WAC rivals, throwing for 778 yards, rushing for 345 and accounting for 16 touchdowns. NMSU went 1-3 in those games, the lone win coming in Reno during the 2008 campaign. The key play in that 48-45 shootout: A Kaepernick fumble returned by 83 yards by defensive lineman Oren Long, resulting in an Aggie touchdown.