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The Aggies Were Better

NMSU quarterback Tyler Rogers NMSU quarterback Tyler Rogers | 

J.P. Murrieta
September 11, 2017 05:24 PM

New Mexico State was the better team on the field at Dreamstyle Stadium on Saturday night.

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Period.

UNM fans can try to spin it any way they want, but the bottom line is the Lobos got beat by the Aggies for the second year in a row.

Here are a couple takeaways from NMSU's 30-28 victory:

NMSU quarterback Tyler Rogers can wing it!  He finished with 401 yards passing and four touchdowns.  He pretty much had his way with UNM's secondary.

The win should do wonders for NMSU's confidence.  "This win was huge for our players," said head coach Doug Martin following the victory.  "To win this game two years in a row is a big achievement."

NMSU needs to work on closing out games.  They led UNM 30-5 into the fourth and almost watched the game go to overtime.

The Lobos turned the ball over too many times to win the game (4 in all, including one on their first possession).

Despite being one of the top rushing teams in the country last year, UNM has yet to establish a dominant ground game.  The Lobos don't yet have an explosive offensive game.

UNM has a quarterback controversy brewing. Senior Lamar Jordan never looked in sync against the Aggies and Tevaka Tuioti was the one to lead them on the comeback.  I think Jordan will start this week against Boise State, but look for Tuioti to be quickly inserted to jump start their passing game (we've seen this movie before).

"Lamar is still our starter," said head coach Bob Davie following the loss.  "I feel bad for Lamar because he's worked so hard, but he just looked out of sync from the beginning."

"As I stand here tonight, Lamar is still our quarterback but Tuioti showed what he can do and confirmed what we saw in practice," added Davie.

UNM is still a work in progress.

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