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A Quick Overview of the New Mexico State Aggies

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New Mexico State is coming off a surprising victory over its arch rival, the New Mexico Lobos. NMSU is 1-1 on the season and will travel to Lexington with a renewed sense of confidence after its most recent victory and Kentucky’s two-game losing skid. The Wildcats will be in for the fight of their lives in game that nobody predicted to be competitive. Kentucky is favored by 19.

NMSU head coach Doug Martin played quarterback and was a graduate assistant coach under Jerry Claiborne at the University of Kentucky. He’s in his fourth season at New Mexico State. His Aggies were 3-9 a year ago, but beat Idaho, Texas State, and Louisiana to win three consecutive conference games for the first time since 2004. NMSU lost to UTEP 38-22 in the season opener. Below is a statistical analysis of both team’s conference and national rankings.

Ranking New Mexico State in the Sun Belt Conference (11 teams)


Scoring: 6th, 34 points per game (ppg)

Rushing: 7th, 255 yards per game. (ypg)

Passing: 3rd, 172 ypg

Total: 6th, 427 ypg


Scoring: 5th, 27 ppg

Rushing: 7th, 120 ypg

Passing 5th, 205 ypg

Total 9th, 326 ypg


LB Rodney Butler averages a mind-blowing 19.5 tackles per game. He’s also registered 3.5 tackles for loss.

LB Terrill Hanks is also highly productive by averaging 13 tackles per game. Hanks leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss.

QB Tyler Rogers has rushed for 84 yards. Passing numbers are: 38-76, 411 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs.


Ranking Kentucky in the SEC (14 teams) and nation (128 teams)


Scoring: 14th, 44.5 ppg, national rank-125th

Rushing: 14th, 253 ypg, national-118th

Passing: 12th, 289 ypg, national-106th

Total: 14th, 542 ypg, national-123rd


Scoring Offense: 13th, 21 ppg, national-106th

Rushing: 13th, 95 ypg, national-117th

Passing: 10th, 184 ypg, national-96th

Total: 13th, 279 ypg, national-121st


New Mexico State is a different team with and without RB Larry Rose. Rose rushed for over 1,600 yards a year ago, but missed the Aggies’ first two games. His return would have a significant impact on Saturday’s game as UK has yet to slow-stop-interfere in its first two opponents’ rushing attack.

A month ago, the majority of media and fans considered this matchup as a certain win and a gap-game sandwiched in-between Florida and South Carolina. Starting in the third quarter against Southern Miss and running through sixty minutes of tomfoolery in the Swamp, this game has changed its course in terms of predictability. 19 point spread or not, from what I’ve seen so far in 2016, the Cats will have their hands full with Doug Martin’s Aggies.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

18 Comments for A Quick Overview of the New Mexico State Aggies

  1. Mathlete
    10:05 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Defense is 123rd nationally
    Offense is 121st nationally

    So what you’re saying is is Kentucky was overrated at ~75th in the preseason polls

  2. bluecat15
    10:19 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Thanks Freddie, not interested.

  3. Rick_S
    10:22 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I think youre wasting your time with this info…Do you have any updates on the BB Cats?

  4. Kevin C
    10:23 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    At this point, if you aren’t rooting for the other team, you aren’t a real UK fan. The only shot we have at getting rid of Stoops and Barney is if we completely hit rock bottom. I hope we lose by 30+ this weekend, and would love to see some of the better players transfer to schools that deserve their talents.

    • Booby Petrino
      10:56 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

      terrible logic. good grief. worst comment ever, and that’s saying a lot for this place.

  5. david8577
    10:33 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Freddie, I just want to thank you for your posts. At this point, most everyone is annoyed, or worse, with football, but the posts should go on. I’ll keep watching from home, waiting for them to turn it around, but can’t bring myself to buy tickets to watch this product at the stadium.

  6. Al B. Frank
    10:44 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    In their last 4:43 of this season, UK’s football team has outscored opponents 7-0.

    • inside info2
      10:57 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

      LOL awesome.

      I could name a couple of commenters on here that I could see seriously posting this stat.

  7. KatsKlaws
    10:50 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Serious question…..If Kentucky loses Saturday what do you think the reaction will be from fans and the coaching staff?

    • OptimisticCat
      10:52 am September 12, 2016 Permalink


    • RealCatsFan
      12:28 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      “When are Big Blue Madness tickets being given out?”

    • secrick
      12:29 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t think the fans can get any tougher on the team but we could lose some coaches if we lose next week.

  8. Cabranton
    11:02 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I guess at least we cant complain about starting off the year with 5 wins and losing the last 7.

  9. maximsm
    11:20 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    New Mexico wins…

  10. Patches
    11:49 am September 12, 2016 Permalink

    OMG take the points and bet all you can on NM St.

  11. RealCatsFan
    12:30 pm September 12, 2016 Permalink

    I kind of expect this game to go along he lines of the EKU game last year, with UK getting the win in an ugly game by a desperation play in the last minute. At the end of it all the commentators will say it’s a shame that one of these teams had to win.