New Mexico State Aggies Have Their Moments But Are Overwhelmed 62-10 by Alabama

As I said in the preview, going into a game against Alabama where you know you are heavily overmatched is not about winning the game itself, it’s about finding victories that you can take with you into next week.
Obviously, you look on the surface at a 62-10 final score and think it was just a steamroll throwaway loss. But I’ll disagree with you there.
Remember that it’s about finding little things. You can start by the Aggies managing to produce scoring drives in the second half, since the Crimson Tide was playing their second-string defense – a group full of guys that would easily start for most Group of Five programs.
NMSU also gets the small feather in their cap of having covered the spread, so any degenerate gamblers in Las Cruces should also be pretty stoked.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Again, the Aggies produced two scoring drives that produced 107 yards and 10 points on only 12 plays. They also produced a drive that swallowed the final 7:43 of game time and would have produced another score had Matt Romero shown a little better touch in the red zone.
Dylan Brown made his only field goal, and Payton Theisler had several moonshot punts. The defense also forced four punts.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The defense’s disadvantage in speed and athleticism was extremely obvious from the first snap up through halftime. They struggled to get off the field on third down (7-for-14) and turned the ball over three times.
I’m not going to get too nit-picky here, because your defense and offense are going to look rather messy most of the time against a team that has this many more athletes than you.
WHAT COMES NEXT
Usually, in a loss, this would be “what needs to change” but the answer here isn’t much more than “don’t play Alabama.” The Aggies are now finished with what were by far their two most difficult games on their schedule.
The Aggies didn’t play Roy Lopez or Javahn Fergurson, their two best defenders, and still managed a 27-10 second half against Alabama. That’s a little victory in my book.
San Diego State at home is next on the docket, and while that’s no guaranteed win, the Aztecs have shown some very apparent flaws in their game that the Aggies could exploit.
Have these two games been pretty? Of course not. Has anything occurred that makes me particularly worried about their ability to beat the likes of Incarnate Word, UTEP or New Mexico? Also no.

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