NM State football has a phenomenal senior day thrashing Valpo 65-3

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The New Mexico State University football campaign, led by quarterback Diego Pavia just keeps rolling. Fresh from a six-touchdown game vs Liberty on the 26th of November, Pavia just kept letting it fly versus Valpo with a shattering final score of 65-3.   

Following a Valpo punt, Aggie’s offense got off to a hot start when Pavia connected with Kordell David for a gain of 20 yards. Star Thomas would get the run game started with a 14-yard run to the 50-yard line. Pavia would then launch a 50-yard pass to a wide-open Jonathan Brady for the first score of the game. 

Valpo would get the ball at their own 25 but would struggle to move the ball. Back-to-back passed from Michael Appel Jr for gains of nine and 13 yards made it look like Valpo had a little bit of momentum until back-to-back runs would only gain one yard. This would result in the Beacons punting once again. 

NM States’ offensive was unmatched got continued when Jamoni Jones took a run up for two yards, which would be followed by a pass from Pavia to Chris Bellamy for five yards. He’d once again hit Bellamy for another five yards, before dropping another pass to Justice Powers for a beautiful 69-yard touchdown.  

The Beacons would continue to struggle offensively going three and out on the next drive. The Aggies however would not struggle but instead went out and threw a simple 70-yard pass for another touchdown but this time to Kordell David.  

Valpo was able to finally get on the board with a field goal, but from there on it was all Aggies. Pavia was able to run for a 72-yard touchdown to bring his total to four in the half. He’d follow that drive up with another touchdown run but this time from only 13 yards out, and at this point, Pavia had more touchdowns than the Beacons had points. 

It would be the same for the rest of the game with NMSU dominating and scoring four touchdowns and a field goal to score 65 points, to the Beacons’ three. The Aggies would also outgain the Beacons 621-188. 

“Getting that sixth game means a lot to our seniors. I want to thank Valparaiso for coming out and playing us. Today was Senior Day, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it,” NM State head coach Jerry Kill started postgame. “I want to thank everybody that was involved in putting this together from the college, doing all this.  I think the seniors went out the way seniors should go out.” 

With their waiver cleared, this new Jerry Kill team is bowl eligible for the second time in since 2015. The Aggie’s regular season would end 6-6 and they’ll take on Bowling Green on Monday, December 26th at 12:30 MT in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Michigan. 

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