SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Nine Texas State players scored touchdowns on Saturday, including two fumble returns and a punt return, and the Bobcats rolled to a 66-28 victory over New Mexico State.
The Bobcats (4-8, 2-4 Western Athletic) set the pace in the first half as the team scored 49 first-half points on seven touchdowns.
The Bobcats held the Aggies (1-11, 0-6) scoreless in the second half after allowing 28 first-half points. Linebacker Joplo Bartu put together one of the best games of his career in his finale, recording career highs of 17 tackles, eight of which were for loss, and four sacks.
Shaun Rutherford capped his career with a personal-best 138 yards on the ground in addition to throwing for a touchdown, his 15th of the season.
New Mexico State's Andrew Manley threw a pair of scoring passes and ran for a TD.
|NMEXST||Trevor Walls 15 yd pass from Andrew Manley (Maxwell Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Marcus Curry 4 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|NMEXST||Andrew Manley 5 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Tim Gay 75 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|NMEXST||Germi Morrison 14 yd run (Maxwell Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Brandon Smith 11 yd pass from Shaun Rutherford (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Blake McColloch 6 yd fumble return (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Jamie Clavell-Head 32 yd fumble return (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Terrence Franks 21 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Craig Mager 79 yd punt return (Will Johnson kick)|
|NMEXST||Kemonte' Bateman 30 yd pass from Andrew Manley (Maxwell Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Will Johnson 54 yd FG|
|TXSTSM||Tim Hawkins 16 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|TXSTSM||Robert Lowe 15 yd run (Will Johnson kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-12||5-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-3||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||171||73|
|Punt Return Yds||3||79|
|Time of Poss.||34:16||25:44|
|NMEXST: Germi Morrison 19-123, Tiger Powell 10-38, Travaughn Colwell 3-37, Trevor Walls 1-8, Andrew Manley 9--35|
|TXSTSM: Shaun Rutherford 17-138, Marcus Curry 7-86, Tim Gay 2-78, Tim Hawkins 3-49, Terrence Franks 5-39, Duke DeLancellotti 2-23, Tyler Arndt 1-16, Robert Lowe 1-15, Isaiah Battle 1-1, Dexter Imade 1-1|
|NMEXST: Andrew Manley 16-29-248-1|
|TXSTSM: Shaun Rutherford 8-17-69-0, Duke DeLancellotti 1-1-13-0, Tyler Arndt 0-1-0-0|
|NMEXST: Austin Franklin 5-91, Kemonte' Bateman 4-85, Jerrel Brown 4-54, Germi Morrison 2-3, Trevor Walls 1-15|
|TXSTSM: Chase Harper 2-13, Jafus Gaines 2-13, Terrence Franks 1-22, Tim Hawkins 1-13, Brandon Smith 1-11, Benjamin Ijah 1-7, Isaiah Battle 1-3|
|New Mexico State||1st FBS Independents||0-0||2-10|
|Texas State||7th Sun Belt||2-5||6-6|