New Mexico State enter open week after much needed win

New Mexico State enter open week after much needed win

UTEP looked to break their losing streak against NMSU Saturday but the streak continues after a 27-10 loss at the Sun Bowl. Mark R Lambie, El Paso Times LAS CRUCES – The first of two open weeks couldn’t have come at a better time for the New Mexico State football team.

The Aggies are 1-4 after beating UTEP 27-20 on Saturday and beating the Miners in the Sun Bowl for the first time since 2008.

Those are significant accomplishments the Aggies can reflect on later. For now, the open week gives time for the Aggies to heal and try to build upon a solid, but not overly impressive, offensive performance. "We have to be more wide open on offense," Aggies head coach Doug Martin said. "We only threw the ball 18 times tonight and we can’t score enough points doing that."

Redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Adkins won a rivalry game in his college start, completing 9 of 18 passes for 156 yards, and for the first time since Week 1 against Wyoming, an Aggies quarterback didn’t throw an interception.

Adkins admitted there is still improvement to be made, but taking care of the football and managing the game was a positive first step.

"We would like to score more points with the type of offense we have, but whatever will get it done, we will take it and then build on it for the bye week and move forward," Adkins said.

When the Aggies needed a drive to kill the clock after the Miners closed […]

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