New Mexico State Aggies football

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New Mexico State Aggies
2014 New Mexico State Aggies football team
New Mexico State Aggies Logo.svg
First season 1894
Head coach Doug Martin
1st year, 2–10  (.167)
Home stadium Aggie Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 30,343 - Record 32,993[1]
Stadium surface Hybrid Bermuda
Location Las Cruces, New Mexico
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Independent
Past conferences Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1931–1961)
Missouri Valley Conference (1971–1982)
Big West Conference (1983–2000)
Sun Belt Conference (2001–2004)
Western Athletic Conference (2005–2012)
All-time record 422–587–31 (.421)
Postseason bowl record 2–0–1 (.833)
Conference titles 4 (1938, 1960, 1976, 1978)
Colors

Crimson and white

          
Marching band The “PRIDE” of New Mexico
Rivalries New Mexico Lobos
UTEP Miners
Website www.NMStateSports.com

The New Mexico State Aggies football team represents New Mexico State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football competition as an independent. Although New Mexico State remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for other sports, the WAC ceased to offer football as a sport after the 2012 season due to a realignment in which most of its football-playing members left for other conferences.[2]

On September 12, 2012, New Mexico State announced that it would stay in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and become an independent.[3] New Mexico State will return to the Sun Belt Conference (of which it was formerly a full member) in 2014 for football only.

Despite some impressive single game wins and individual player stats, the Aggies have struggled as a team on the field. As of 2013, the team had not appeared in a bowl game since 1960. This is the longest period of any FBS team without a bowl appearance.

History[edit]

One of New Mexico State's earliest football games was the first match-up against in-state rival New Mexico on January 1, 1894.[4]

Jerry Hines began coaching the Aggies in 1929, and was also coach of the men's basketball team. Hines’ teams competed well in the new Border Conference. Between 1934 and 1938, the football record was 31-10-6, and the team was invited to the first Sun Bowl in 1936 where they tied the powerful Hardin-Simmons Cowboys 14-14. Hines' coaching career ended with his induction into military service during World War II.[5]

Future Hall of Fame inductee Warren B. Woodson took over as head coach in 1958. He previously had success at the Conway Teachers College (now Central Arkansas) and Hardin-Simmons.[6] In his second season at New Mexico State, Woodson's team defeated North Texas in the 1959 Sun Bowl. The following year, Woodson guided the Aggies to an 11–0 finish, the only perfect season in school history. That year, New Mexico State defeated Utah State, 20–13, in the 1960 Sun Bowl and attained a final AP Poll ranking of 17th.[7] Quarterback Charley Johnson won the bowl MVP honors both years becoming the first and still only player in NCAA history to win the MVP award from the same bowl game in back-to-back years.[8] Johnson went on to play in the NFL for 15 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, and Denver Broncos. During his NFL career he managed to complete a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering making him one of only a handful of NFL player to earn a Ph.D. Dr. Charles Johnson is now a professor and department head of the Chemical Engineering school at NMSU.

The Aggies continued to fare well under Woodson through the 1967 season. However at the end of that season university administration, with whom Woodson had a contentious relationship throughout his career, invoked a clause requiring state employees to retire at age 65. Thus Woodson, who would turn 65 that offseason, was essentially forced out despite a 7-2-1 1967 campaign that ended with a 54-7 shellacking of archrival New Mexico. Since his departure Aggie football has spiraled into an abyss of perennial futility that some Aggie fans have begun to refer to as the "Woodson Curse." In the 40 seasons since Woodson's firing, NMSU has amassed just four winning seasons and two conference titles in 1976 and 1978, while failing to appear in a single bowl game. The Aggies' current 52-year bowl drought is the longest in Div-1A/FBS.[9] The Aggies once again failed to accrue enough victories to be bowl eligible for the 2012 postseason.

Between 1995 and 1998, running back Denvis Manns became the third college football player to rush for 1,000 yards each of his four seasons.[10] At that time the only other backs that had accomplished the feat at that time were Tony Dorsett (University of Pittsburgh) and Amos Lawrence (University of North Carolina). As of the end of the 2008 season, there are six players to have accomplished the feat.[11]

On September 18, 1999 the Aggies traveled to Tempe under coach Tony Samuel and upset the #22 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils by a shocking 35-7 score.

At the end of the 2008 season the Aggies ended their fourth season under Hal Mumme at 3-9 (1-7 WAC) with a disappointing 47-2 loss to the Utah State Aggies. The following Tuesday, December 2, Mumme was fired. Mumme's record at NMSU over 4 seasons was 11-38. The former quarterback and 15-year NFL veteran Charley Johnson, who was then a chemical engineering professor at New Mexico State, was appointed as interim head coach during the search for a replacement.[8] Former UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker was named NMSU's head coach on December 31, 2008 signifying a new direction for the pass offense-oriented squad.

Despite some impressive single game wins and individual player stats, the Aggies have struggled as a team in the days since Coach Woodson. In November 1990, the 106th ranked team managed to snap their 27-game losing streak, the longest active losing streak at the time, when they defeated 105th ranked Cal State Fullerton 43-9. Fullerton dropped its football program following the 1992 season. The 27-game losing streak puts NMSU tied with Eastern Michigan for the fourth longest all time losing streak among current FBS schools.[12] The 1988-90 NMSU team is ranked the ninth worst college football team of all time by ESPN. The Aggies were also featured in the August 31, 1992 issue of Sports Illustrated in a piece that chronicles a tradition of losing games. The longest active losing streak in Division I-A football is a title the Aggies have owned multiple times in recent decades. [3] As of 2013, the team had not appeared in a bowl game since 1960. This is the longest period of any current FBS team without a bowl appearance.

Rivalries[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

Main article: Rio Grande Rivalry

UTEP[edit]

Main article: The Battle of I-10

Achievements[edit]

All-time Bowl Results[edit]

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1936 Sun Bowl T Hardin-Simmons 14 14
December 31, 1959 Sun Bowl W North Texas 28 8
December 31, 1960 Sun Bowl W Utah State 20 13
Total 3 bowl games 2-0-1 62 35

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1938 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Jerry Hines 7–2 4–1
1960 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Warren Woodson 11–0 4–0
1976 Missouri Valley Conference Jim Bradley 4–6–1 2–1–1
1978 Missouri Valley Conference Gil Krueger 6–5 5–1

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
vs Cal Poly at Florida vs New Mexico at Arizona State at Minnesota at Minnesota
at UTEP vs UTEP at San Diego State at New Mexico
vs New Mexico at New Mexico at UTEP vs UTEP
at LSU at Ole Miss
at Boston College

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=1900&ATCLID=65986&SPID=602&SPSID=9973
  2. ^ Murphy, Brian (9 October 2012). "WAC adds Utah Valley, CSU Bakersfield; Will it be able to keep Idaho?". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Conference Update". neulion. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ New Mexico State Game by Game Results, College Football Data Warehouse.
  5. ^ Hines, Walter (26 Jan 2009). "Aggie History With Walter Hines: Jerry Hines, 2009 Men's Basketball Ring of Honor Inductee". www.bleedcrimson.net. www.bleedcrimson.net. 
  6. ^ Warren Woodson, College Football Hall of Fame, retrieved March 15, 2009.
  7. ^ New Mexico State AP Football Poll Summary, AP Poll Archive, retrieved March 15, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Charley Johnson to be acting head coach, New Mexico State University, December 2, 2008.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book, National Collegiate Athletic Association, p. 14, 2007.
  11. ^ Colorado State 35, New Mexico 25, USA Today, October 28, 2008.
  12. ^ [2], Longest Losing Streaks in College Football History
  13. ^ "New Mexico State Aggies Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23.