It’s a non-conference matchup on the gridiron coming from the Great Lakes State. The New Mexico State Aggies make the trip north as they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas Saturday afternoon. New Mexico State was defeated 20-13 at home by Liberty last Saturday in their previous contest. Central Michigan blew past Eastern Michigan 42-16 in their MAC opener last Saturday on the road. This marks the first time that the two programs will take the field against each with both programs as FBS schools in their history.
New Mexico State Aggies Seek First Win of SeasonNew Mexico State was downed at home by Liberty in the first of their two games against the Flames this season. The Aggies are still in search of their first victory of the season as they take the field in this contest. New Mexico State rallied from a 13-3 deficit to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter only to give up the winning score less than 90 seconds after knotting the contest. The Aggies owned a 396-334 advantage in total offense and picked up 23 first downs while allowing 20. On the negative side, New Mexico State lost the time of possession margin 31:21 to 28:39 and turned the ball over three times while failing to record a takeaway. The Aggies’ final turnover came at the Liberty six-yard line with 3:15 to play: the Flames then ran out the clock.
The Aggies are 63rd in the nation in passing offense with 248.5 yards per game and stand 122nd in rushing offense with only 102.8 yards per contest. New Mexico State is just 120th in the FBS in scoring offense with 18.2 points per game and stand a dismal 129th in scoring defense by allowing 42.7 points per game. Josh Adkins has completed 149 of 236 passes for 1,475 yards with six touchdowns and 11 interceptions: he has four rushing scores despite his total of only 19 rushing yards. Matt Romero is two of six for 16 yards this season. Jason Huntley leads the team with 57 carries for 375 yards and three scores on the ground: Christian Gibson (33 carries, 120 yards) and Josh Foley (seven carries, 51 yards) are next in line. Tony Nicholson is tied for the team lead with 35 catches for 380 yards plus three scores this season. OJ Clark (35 grabs, 278 yards), Huntley (21 receptions, 120 yards, two TD), Robert Downs III (10 catches, 116 yards, TD) and Izaiah Lottie (15 grabs, 139 yards) are other reliable targets. Dylan Brown has hit all 13 extra point attempts and six of nine field goal tries with a long of 46 this season.
Central Michigan Chippewas Look to Keep RollingCentral Michigan opened up conference play with a one-sided win over Eastern Michigan in their MAC opener last week. The Chippewas now look for back to back wins as they host a winless team in this contest. Central Michigan broke open a 7-3 game with 21 unanswered points to take a 28-3 lead and didn’t look back. The Chippewas owned a 587-285 advantage in total offense, picked up 25 first downs while allowing 21 and owned a 32:12 to 27:48 advantage in time of possession. Central Michigan did turn the ball over twice while forcing only one takeaway but had three scoring plays that covered at least 64 yards.
When you rack up 2️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ all-purpose yards and get to the end zone 3️⃣ times, you’re allowed more than one play of the game. It’s in the rules, we checked 😉....@Almighty_jward #FireUpChips 🔥⬆️🏈 pic.twitter.com/8sSlmHnjwQ— CMU Football (1) (@CMU_Football) October 6, 2019
The Chippewas are 59th in the FBS in passing offense by throwing for 249.7 yards per contest while ranking 79th in rushing offense with 149 yards per game. Central Michigan is 92nd in the FBS in scoring offense by scoring 25.3 points per game while they stand 78th in scoring defense by allowing 28.3 points per contest. David Moore is 94 of 164 passing for 1,143 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Quinten Dormady is 32 of 49 for 321 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Jonathan Ward leads the team with 54 carries for 400 yards plus four scores: Kobe Lewis (76 carries, 330 yards, five TD) and Lew Nichols (19 carries, 89 yards) are next in line. Kalil Pimpleton is the team’s leading receiver with 40 catches for 410 yards and three scores: Tyrone Scott (19 grabs, 330 yards, two TD) and Tony Poljan (18 catches, 177 yards, TD) are next in line. Ryan Tice has hit all 16 extra point attempts and six of nine field goal tries with a long of 55 this season.
- Aggies are 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 games on fieldturf
- Aggies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October
- Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game
- Chippewas are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games