Aggies tumble in Missouri despite second-half goals

Diego Pavia

Justin Kelly




14




new mexico st
NMS

4-6, 0-0

45






Missouri
MIZ

5-6, 2-5


new mexico st
NMS

4-6, 0-0

14

45



















Earnings by Quarters
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NMS
new mexico st
0 0 7 7 14

MIZ
Missouri
7 14 14 10 45


Match Review: Football |




Offense rushes for two touchdowns


Colombia, Mon – A tough test on the road for NM State Football (4-6) was to be expected. In the early stages, the Aggies again proved they could play with any team in the country before Missouri (5-6, 2-5 SEC) pulled away 45-14 on Senior Day.

The Aggies struggled with the SEC adversary in the first quarter. Diego Pavia had the offense firing on all cylinders before a dropped pass on the fourth and two halted the momentum. On the following drive, Missouri found the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown pass to reach a seven.

From there, NM State and Missouri would battle it out for the remainder of the quarter. Heading into the second frame, the Aggies were just seven behind.

Still, Missouri rattled off 14 unanswered points in the second quarter. The Tigers scored two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air.

After halftime, the Tigers opened the scoring again with a 5-yard rush from Cody Schrader, his second goal of the day.

Star Thomas broke the scoring dry spell for the Aggies with 4:29 in the third quarter. Thomas took a pitch from Pavia and propelled himself into the end zone for a ten-yard score. Thomas is the first Aggie to rush for a touchdown against a power-five opponent since Josh Adkins on Aug. 31, 2019 against No. 23 Washington State.

A 40-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Missouri a 42-7 lead. Replacing Pavia at quarterback, the first drive-by Gavin Frakes also ended in an interception. The Tigers ended the drive with a 43-yard field goal.

After being forced to fumble by a Missouri native Sterling Webb, Frakes managed to recover and led a five-play 44-yard scoring drive. On the last play, Frakes called his own number and ran for a 13-yard touchdown.

The Aggies will face Liberty again next weekend. With an MT kickoff at 10:00 a.m. in Lynchburg, fans can follow all the action on ESPN+.

Messages and Notes

  • Star Thomas Touchdown was the first quick touchdown for an Aggie against a Power Five team since August 31, 2019.
  • As of Saturday night, the Aggies had not turned over since the third quarter against Hawai’i
  • Mike Edwards rebounded through the fourth quarter forced fumble Sterling Webb
  • Lazarus Williams was also credited with forced fumbling in the game
  • Chris Ojo led all players with seven tackles that evening
  • Diego Pavia led the Aggies in both passing (76 yards) and rushing (50 yards).
  • The Tigers used 261 passing yards and three touchdowns to tear apart NM State’s defense.
  • With an official kick-off temperature of 26 degrees, the game was NM State’s coldest since at least 2015.

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