It wasn’t pretty. And we needed every ball to bounce our way. But a win is a win, and the NMSU football got it done on homecoming night against the Wildcats of Abilene Christian by a score of 34-29.
The Aggies’ offense finally began clicking, even if it was against an FCS opponent. Running back Germi Morrison returned from injury to rush for 146 yards and two touchdowns. QB Andrew McDonald threw an excellent 23-for-30, although he was intercepted twice. Junior receiver Austin Franklin recorded his first 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was on defense. With leading tackler Davis Cazares out with a foot injury, the onus fell on the shoulder of freshman Kawe Johnson. But he responded well, leading the Aggie defense in tackles (12) and also breaking up a pass. Senior cornerback Cameron Fuller also intercepted his first career pass against the Wildcats.
The Aggies got the first win out of the way, and there’s still a lot of football left. This next Saturday, they will face future Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 PM. Go Aggies!