By Lauren Lenox
After suffering a loss to long-time rival New Mexico, the New Mexico State football team traveled almost 1,100 miles to play LSU in a non-conference matchup.
Why do you ask? The Aggies had their eyes set on the $975,000 prize for playing a top-25 opponent.
The Aggies started out with great momentum in the first half. Their defense looked strong in the first quarter before LSU soared past them.
Reserve quarterback Andrew Allen, the Aggies’ leading rusher with 113 yards, scored his first career touchdown which led to the only touchdown on the night for New Mexico State.
When asked about his touchdown Allen said, “We were running the zone. I was supposed to read the gap but it just opened right up for me.”
He thought the defense played well and executed on the game plans.
As far as the atmosphere in Tiger Stadium, Allen said, “It was amazing. I’ve never played in front of 100,000 people before.”
Defensive back Dalton Herrington thought the Aggies played a good game regardless of the outcome.
“The energy was absolutely amazing,” Herrington said. “You could just feel it in the air. We played well early on, and it was awesome playing in this atmosphere.”
The Aggies began the game with an interception by Winston Rose against LSU’s starting quarterback, Anthony Jennings.
For the night, Herrington finished with the only sack of the game between both teams.
Head Coach Doug Martin was impressed with LSU’s atmosphere and thought it was a great opportunity for his football program.
He thought his team was too young on the defensive side and on the offense because of the many turnovers they gave up.
“We have got to run the ball better,” Martin said. “We have six true freshmen but we have played five games now so they need to get over whatever it is that they are scared of”
The Aggies finished with 172 yards rushing and 102 passing yards.
The LSU defense earned 21 points off of the Aggies offense.
Overall, the Aggies played their hearts out and were able to experience a new atmosphere that they would not have had a chance to otherwise. It was good for them to experience a team like LSU to show how competition in the Southeastern Conference is played.