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New Mexico State beats Utah State 26-20 in Arizona Bowl

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Bowl is not typically the type of game where fans storm the field. Certainly not for a team that finished 7-6.

But this has been a long, arduous wait for New Mexico State fans. All those losing seasons, all that disappointment, all that time between bowl games.

Storm away, Aggies. You've earned it.

Larry Rose III scored on a 21-yard run in overtime and New Mexico State won in its first bowl game in 57 years, beating Utah State 26-20 in the Arizona Bowl on Friday night.

''I'm just thrilled for these kids and this community,'' New Mexico State coach Doug Martin. ''Just look at these fans who showed up here. This is an unbelievable day for us.

Utah State (6-7) had the ball first in overtime and Dominik Eberle hit the right upright on a 29-yard field goal attempt, sending a groan through the Utah State crowd. Eberle made 16 for 18 field goals during the regular season, but missed three in the Arizona Bowl.

New Mexico State won it when Jones burst through a hole on the left side, sending the Aggies and their fans rushing onto the Arizona Stadium field. Jones finished with 142 yards on 16 carries.

''He's my field goal kicker. I love that kid and he's been really consistent all year,'' Utah State coach Matt Wells said. ''Was I surprised? Yes. Was I disappointed in him? Not one bit.''

The third Arizona Bowl started with some early fireworks on special teams.

Utah State's Savon Scarver returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, then New Mexico State's Jason Huntley took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score.

The excitement leveled off considerably until LaJuan Hunt scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, set up by a shanked punt from New Mexico State's Payton Theisler.

New Mexico State's Tyler Rogers, held in check most of the game, answered by moving the Aggies on a 69-yard scoring drive, capped by his 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaleel Scott that tied it at 20. A video review overturned the initial call that Scott was out of bounds.

Rogers, who was second nationally with 347 yards passing per game during the regular season, threw for 191 yards and touchdown with two interceptions.

This was a rematch 57 years in the making.

New Mexico State had not been to a bowl game since the 1960 Sun Bowl. The opponent: Utah State.

Utah State went to eight bowls after that, including six of the last seven.

New Mexico State went into a bowl-less tailspin, finishing with a losing record 44 times since that last bowl game. It had 14 straight losing seasons, including a 0-12 mark in 2005, before winning its final two games this season to finally get back to bowling.

The long-awaited rematch turned into the Special Teams Bowl in the first half.

New Mexico State's Dylan Brown made two field goals, Eberle made two and missed two, and each team had a kickoff return for a touchdown.

After a third quarter of defensive stops and punting, both teams found the end zone to send the game overtime - and, later, New Mexico State's fans onto the field.

''I thought it was a fairly clean game and pretty aggressive on both sides,'' Wells said. ''If we had made the field goals early, then maybe it would have been a different ball game.''

BIG PICTURE

Utah State racked up 441 yards of offense and kept Rogers from having a big game, but had a rough night on special teams.

New Mexico State made its first postseason game in nearly six decades a memorable one by rallying for a victory.

MOMENTUM SWING

Utah State had the game's best chance for the game's first offensive touchdown early in the third quarter, when Jordan Love completed a 41-yard pass to Ron'quavion Tarver to New Mexico State's 1.

On the next play, New Mexico State's Terrill Hanks knocked down Love's pitch to Hunt and recovered the ball himself at the 12-yard line, ending Utah State's hopes.

THIRD-DOWN WOES

Both teams struggled on third downs, converting a combined 5 of 40. Utah State was 1 for 18 and New Mexico State was 4 for 22. The teams had a combined 20 punts

UP NEXT

Utah State must replace seniors Hunt and cornerback Jalen Davis, a second-team AP All-American, but Love is a redshirt freshman.

New Mexico State will have big holes to replace with Rogers and Rose among the seniors it will have to replace.

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Scoring Summary
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown
3-L.Rose runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
25
yds
pos
26
20
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:31
18-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
20
Touchdown 6:31
17-T.Rogers complete to 16-J.Scott. 16-J.Scott runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
69
yds
03:47
pos
19
20
Point After TD 13:28
62-D.Eberle extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
20
Touchdown 13:28
21-L.Hunt runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
24
yds
00:48
pos
13
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
62-D.Eberle 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
24
yds
00:40
pos
13
13
Field Goal 11:39
18-D.Brown 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
56
yds
03:10
pos
13
10
Field Goal 15:00
62-D.Eberle 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
63
yds
03:35
pos
10
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:47
18-D.Brown extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 10:47
62-D.Eberle kicks 65 yards from UTS 35. 1-J.Huntley runs 100 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:14
pos
9
7
Point After TD 11:01
62-D.Eberle extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 11:01
24-P.Davidson kicks 61 yards from NMS 35. 81-S.Scarver runs 96 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
63
yds
00:14
pos
3
6
Field Goal 11:20
18-D.Brown 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
59
yds
03:40
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 16 22
Rushing 6 8
Passing 9 12
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 4-22 2-18
4th Down Conv 3-3 0-1
Total Net Yards 373 433
Total Plays 83 89
Avg Gain 4.5 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 184 187
Rush Attempts 29 45
Avg Rush Yards 6.3 4.2
Net Yards Passing 189 246
Comp. - Att. 29-54 25-44
Yards Per Pass 3.5 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 2-8
Penalties - Yards 4-45 8-74
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 1 1
Turnovers 4 4
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 4-4
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 11-41.6 9-44.6
Return Yards 113 162
Punts - Returns 0-0 6-16
Kickoffs - Returns 2-113 2-99
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-47
Kicking 4/4 4/8
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 2/6
Safeties 0 0
1234 OTT
New Mexico St. 7-6 10307626
Utah St. 6-7 7607020
189 PASS YDS 246
184 RUSH YDS 187
373 TOTAL YDS 433
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Rogers 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.7% 191 1 2 82.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 4016 27 18 130.5
T. Rogers 29/54 191 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Rose III 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 142 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
187 949 10
L. Rose III 16 142 1 40
J. Huntley 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
70 420 1
J. Huntley 6 17 0 5
T. Rogers 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 20 7
T. Rogers 6 16 0 5
I. Lottie 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
I. Lottie 1 9 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Boone 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 399 1
J. Boone 5 48 0 12
L. Rose III 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 522 2
L. Rose III 6 48 0 21
J. Scott 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 37 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
76 1079 9
J. Scott 3 37 1 19
J. Huntley 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 363 2
J. Huntley 5 19 0 9
B. Roberts 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 73 3
B. Roberts 1 15 0 15
A. Muse 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 449 2
A. Muse 3 12 0 6
O. Clark 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 500 3
O. Clark 3 8 0 5
C. Cramer 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 255 2
C. Cramer 1 2 0 2
I. Lottie 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 312 4
I. Lottie 1 2 0 2
G. Hogan 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 272 1
G. Hogan 1 0 0 0
D. Lloyd 94 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Lloyd 0 0 0 0
J. Wright 21 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
J. Wright 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. McQuaker 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 1 0.0
L. McQuaker 12-0 0.0 0
D. Herrington 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 1.0
D. Herrington 9-0 1.0 0
J. Wright 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 3 0.0
J. Wright 9-0 0.0 0
T. Hanks 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 2 1.0
T. Hanks 8-1 1.0 0
S. Lomax 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 4 0.0
S. Lomax 7-0 0.0 0
R. LaForce 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 3 0.0
R. LaForce 6-0 0.0 0
M. Demby 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
M. Demby 4-0 1.0 0
D. Owens 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 2 0.0
D. Owens 3-1 0.0 0
S. Jackson 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0
R. Lopez 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Lopez 1-0 0.0 0
D. Lloyd 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Lloyd 1-0 0.0 0
M. Vigne 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Vigne 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Brown 18 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
13/17 39/40
D. Brown 2/2 33 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Theisler 16 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
11 41.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
80 41.5 3
P. Theisler 11 41.6 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Caldwell 26 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
R. Caldwell 1 13.0 13 0
J. Huntley 1 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 100.0 100 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 29.6 100 1
J. Huntley 1 100.0 100 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Love 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.8% 254 0 0 105.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.9% 1631 8 6 119.3
J. Love 25/44 254 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Hunt 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 133 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
169 828 11
L. Hunt 20 133 1 58
G. Bright 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 249 2
G. Bright 11 48 0 16
A. Vaughns 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 99 1
A. Vaughns 1 6 0 6
J. Love 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 165 2
J. Love 11 1 0 11
T. Miller 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 116 0
T. Miller 1 1 0 1
J. Wildman 93 DE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
J. Wildman 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Tarver 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 97 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 569 7
R. Tarver 8 97 0 41
D. Raymond 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 456 1
D. Raymond 5 42 0 17
A. Vaughns 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 155 0
A. Vaughns 4 37 0 17
B. Roberts 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 285 3
B. Roberts 3 32 0 12
L. Hunt 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 187 1
L. Hunt 3 25 0 12
G. Bright 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 186 2
G. Bright 1 12 0 12
D. Nelson 18 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
D. Nelson 1 9 0 9
C. Terrell 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 107 0
C. Terrell 0 0 0 0
Z. Van Leeuwen 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 136 0
Z. Van Leeuwen 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Christiansen 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
C. Christiansen 7-0 0.0 0
D. Leavitt 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 4 0.0
D. Leavitt 5-0 0.0 1
D. Woodward 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Woodward 4-0 0.0 1
A. Adeoye 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Adeoye 4-0 0.0 0
G. Ferguson 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
G. Ferguson 3-0 0.0 0
C. 'Unga 96 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. 'Unga 3-0 0.0 0
W. Bailey 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
W. Bailey 3-0 0.0 0
J. Ingram 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
J. Ingram 3-0 0.0 0
S. Tamaivena 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Tamaivena 2-0 0.0 0
J. Te'i 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Te'i 2-0 0.0 0
M. Magalei 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Magalei 2-0 0.0 0
D. Fortenberry 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Fortenberry 2-0 1.0 0
I. Togiai 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Togiai 1-0 0.0 0
J. Rocquemore 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Rocquemore 1-0 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 5 0.0
J. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
C. Meyers 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Meyers 1-0 0.0 0
D. Anderson 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Anderson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Eberle 62 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/6 2/2
SEASON FG XP
18/24 47/47
D. Eberle 2/6 35 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Dalton 89 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 44.6 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
76 42.0 5
A. Dalton 9 44.6 5 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Scarver 81 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 49.5 96 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 24.0 96 0
S. Scarver 2 49.5 96 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Nathan 16 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 2.7 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 8.5 5 0
J. Nathan 6 2.7 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NMEXST 35 3:40 11 59 FG
11:01 UTAHST 35 0:14 1 63 TD
8:59 NMEXST 20 2:01 6 29 Punt
4:48 UTAHST 35 0:57 4 13 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 NMEXST 28 3:10 8 56 FG
10:31 NMEXST 34 0:42 3 2 Punt
7:39 NMEXST 12 0:41 3 4 Punt
4:28 NMEXST 27 1:39 3 6 Punt
1:15 NMEXST 15 0:28 3 7 Fumble
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:47 NMEXST 4 1:10 3 9 Punt
10:41 NMEXST 32 1:26 5 14 INT
8:12 NMEXST 12 0:56 5 10 Punt
5:13 NMEXST 9 1:03 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:22 NMEXST 4 0:00 3 3 Punt
13:27 NMEXST 34 0:58 3 7 Punt
10:18 NMEXST 31 3:47 11 69 TD
5:09 NMEXST 22 1:17 4 15 Punt
1:49 NMEXST 24 1:15 5 16 Punt
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
UTAHST 25 2 25 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:15 NMEXST 35 0:14 2 63 TD
10:38 UTAHST 18 1:30 8 28 Punt
6:49 UTAHST 12 1:56 5 23 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:44 UTAHST 19 3:35 9 63 FG
11:35 UTAHST 25 0:54 3 4 Punt
9:38 UTAHST 29 1:44 6 4 Punt
6:48 UTAHST 32 2:14 8 41 FG Miss
2:40 UTAHST 27 1:17 5 13 Punt
0:42 NMEXST 32 0:40 5 4 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTAHST 35 1:03 4 16 Punt
12:24 UTAHST 44 1:38 5 25 FG Miss
9:05 NMEXST 42 0:47 3 30 Fumble
7:08 UTAHST 41 1:46 3 9 Punt
3:56 UTAHST 32 3:25 7 27 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 NMEXST 24 0:48 4 24 TD
12:19 UTAHST 20 1:55 5 49 FG Miss
6:31 UTAHST 25 1:15 5 15 Punt
3:37 UTAHST 18 1:40 3 9 Punt
0:23 UTAHST 18 0:00 1 4
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
NMEXST 25 6 14 FG Miss