LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The NM State Aggies football program kicks off a three-game road trip on Saturday when they travel to California to face the San Jose State Spartans for a contest at 8:30 p.m. at CEFCU Stadium.
The Aggies and Spartans meet for the first time since 2012 on Saturday.
HOW TO WATCH:
Aggie fans can watch Saturday’s contest on NBC Bay Area or the Mountain West Digital Network.
NM State fans can listen to “Voice of the Aggies” Jack nixon and Cory Lucas on LEARFIELD’s brand new Varsity Network app, and the following Aggie Sports Network affiliates:
Artesia: KSVP 990 AM
Carlsbad: KAMQ 1240
El Paso: 1380 AM KHEY
Gallup: 1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA
Las Cruces: KXPZ 99.5 FM
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Syrus Dumas burst onto the scene the last two games. Dumas, who was ruled ineligible for the first three games of the season, forced a fumble and had an interception on Saturday. Dumas recorded an interception on his Aggie debut against South Carolina State and has now forced three turnovers. Dumas became the first Aggie since Terril Hanks to have a fumble and an INT in the same match. Hanks pulled it off against Texas State on November 19, 2016.
• HAWKS BALL
Aggie’s defense continues to force turnovers at an impressive rate. After forcing just five interceptions in 2019, the Aggies have already recorded seven interceptions in 2021. Syrus Dumas and DJ McCullough lead the way for the Aggies having both registered a pair of picks. The duo are one of nine duos to record multiple interceptions.
NO. 1 ON THE FIELD AND NOT. 1 IN THE BEDROOM:
• NM Senior State WR Jared wyatt continues to play his best football in his final season with the Crimson and White. Wyatt caught nine career best passes for 114 yards last weekend against Hawai’i. The Navarro College transfer became the first Aggie since Naveon Mitchell to record a 100-yard receiving game (New Mexico, 9/21/19). Mitchell caught four balls for 105 yards in this contest.
• BROHARD OR MEETING AT HOME:
Junior Captain Trevor Brohard has taken his game to the next level this season. The Los Lunas native has recorded at least eight tackles in the three games he’s played this season. Since returning from COVID protocols (two games), Brohard has recorded 17 tackles (8.5 / game) and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
• OJOH FINDS HIS MOJOH AGAINST MW
Washington Eastern Transfer Chris Ojoh played his best football this season against Mountain West. LB recorded 6.0 tackles for loss in three games against MW and his four sacks. Ojoh recorded his first career game with multiple sacks last week against Hawai’i last weekend. Ojoh’s four sacks rank 15th nationally, and his 6.5 loss tackles rank 13th nationally.
• STRIKE A WAVE:
Saturday was a very special night as in the second quarter the Aggies passed the Striking the Wonder Dog ceremonial t-shirt to his “brother” Wave. Striking was the Aggies’ official tee-picker for nine seasons following the retirement of Smokey the Wonder Dog in 2012.
• AT THE MOUNTAIN :
Saturday’s game against San Jose State marks the fourth time in the first six games NM State has faced with a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies have already faced San Diego State (September 4), New Mexico (September 11) and Hawai’i (September 25) last weekend. Saturday’s contest is the second in a five-game streak against the Mountain West. Following Saturday’s game against the Spartans, the Aggies will travel to Nevada (October 9) and Hawaii (October 25). The five-game streak ends on November 6 when Utah State travels to Aggie Memorial Stadium. NM State is 0-3 this season against MW.
• TAKE THE ROAD :
After playing four of their first five in New Mexico and three of five at Aggie Memorial Stadium, NM State will not play a road competition in October. The Aggies open all three months of the season with back-to-back competitions at SJSU and Nevada. After taking a week off, the Aggies return to action with a contest on Oct. 23 in Hawai’i. The Aggies will have their second week off the week of October 30.
NOTE: LAST GAME (Hawai’i):
• Tight end Thomas whitford had six catches for 88 receiving yards. Those 88 receiving yards were the highest by a tight end from Aggie this season and were more than the group of tight end positions NM State recorded in the 2019 (0) and 2018 (80) seasons combined. . Whitford’s 88 receiving yards were the highest by a tight end from Aggie since at least the 2015 season.
• The last time an Aggie recorded over 114 receiving yards in a game was on October 6, 2018, when OJ Clark tallied 145 receiving yards in a 49-41 victory over Liberty inside the Aggie. Memorial Stadium. • Ojoh’s two sacks made him the first Aggie with multiple sacks in play since Devin Richardson recorded 2.0 in a 20-13 home loss to Liberty on October 5, 2019.
• Isaiah Gracia-Castaneda had a two-point conversion try with 14:06 left. It was the Aggies’ second successful conversion of the year and the more conventional of the two. The Aggies have now recorded a two-point conversion in a back-to-back contest. YOU Thomas whitford recovered an extrapoint blocked last weekend against SCST for two points.
• Ethan Albertson went 2 for 3 on his field goal tries in the Aggies’ backhand, starting in a 20-yard and 33-yard field. He’s now 3-for-6 in field goals at Aggie Memorial Stadium and 9-for-9 away from Aggie Memorial.
BEHIND THE ENEMY LINES (State of San José):
• The Spartans return home for the first time since August 28, when they welcomed southern Utah. The Spartans completed a three-game road swing 1-2. The three-game road swing began with a 30-7 loss to USC. SJSU rebounded two weeks ago with a 17-13 victory over Hawai’i. Last week, the Spartans lost a 23-3 game to Western Michigan. In that game Nick Starkel got injured and his availability for this weekend game is in doubt.
• If Starkel is not available to dress, one of the main options for SJSU to start is real freshman Walker Eget, the younger brother of NM State QB Weston Eget. Walker appeared in Saturday’s loss to WMU in relief from Starkel. The California native was 1-for-8 for eight yards. The QB was sacked once for a 15-yard loss. SJSU has three “OR’s” on this week’s depth chart, including Starkel, Eget, Natano Woods and former QB-turned-WR Nick Nash.
• Woods is a 6-6, 250-pound, red-shirted freshman from Kent, Washington. Woods made his Spartan debut in the resounding victory over southern Utah. Woods was 2-for-3 with 16 yards and also added seven rushing yards on two attempts. • Nash has yet to throw a pass this season for SJSU and has rushed the ball twice for six yards and two receptions for 18 yards. Nash made his only significant QB appearance against San Diego State last season. In this contest, Nash went 16 for 25 with 169 yards and a pair of scores. The Irvine native also added 11 carries for 53 yards and another score.
• The Spartans have distributed the ball well, as six different players have received at least 100 yards this season. TE Derrick Deese, Jr. has eight receptions for 152 yards and one scoring. Deese Jr. has an average of 19.0 ypc. Isaiah Hamilton leads the Spartans in receptions (15), yards (195) and a touchdown.
• Defensively, Viliami Fehoko was the most productive player. Fehoko has 4.5 tackles for loss and three solo sacks this season.
• CB Nehemiah Shelton is the Spartans’ best tackle this season. The defensive back has a record 25 tackles and a record six assists. As a team, SJSU has yet to register an interception.
The Aggies continue their tour through Mountain West next Saturday, when they travel to Reno for a nationally televised contest (CBS Sports Network) in Nevada. Kick-off is 8:30 p.m. (MT).