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GOOD NEWS FOR AGGIES: THEY’RE VISITING NMSU

SHARE GOOD NEWS FOR AGGIES: THEY’RE VISITING NMSU

The one (and only) football team that Utah State has totally dominated over the years is New Mexico State. The Logan Aggies have beaten the Las Cruces Aggies nine straight times since a 1967 loss and lead 11-3 overall in the series.

The Aggie matchup will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.Of course, a lot of other teams have dominated the Aggies, who have one of the most consistently poor records over the years. Since their last winning season in 1978, their record is 23-86-1.

New Mexico State is still winless this year, but the Aggies have come close in a couple of games. They lost to UTEP by two points in their only other home game and, despite scoring 48 points against Long Beach State, lost by seven.

Utah State hasn't come close in any of its five losses, but it does have a win to its credit, 34-23 over Fullerton State.

"This will be a very intense football game between two very hungry football teams," said NMSU Coach Mike Knoll, who is in the final year of a four-year contract. His record to date is 4-35.

NMSU is led by quarterback Phil Vinson, who has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,299 yards this season. Although the Aggies are primarily a passing team with 239 yards per game, they also can run the ball. Anthony Singleton has rushed for 372 yards on the year.

The top receiver for NMSU is tight end Jim Williams with 28 catches. Flanker Bennie Thomas has 19 catches, but 100 yards more than Williams in receptions.

Defensively, the NMSU Aggies are led by linebacker Sam Dickey, who has 98 tackles on the year, an average of 15 per game. Another linebacker, Tye Bell, has 84 tackles. Other top defensive players include defensive tackle Bill Steursel, defensive back Mike Hall and linebacker Brian Mosychuk.

Former Brighton High and Dixie College standout Parker Ragsdale is the starting free safety and he is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

The Aggies have three other Utahns on the roster, including offensive tackle Shawn Kaae, who hails from Logan, offensive guard Kelly Curtis (Springville) and quarterback Jim Woolverton (Ogden). Curtis is a starter, Kaae is second team and Woolverton is third team.