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New Mexico State 20, Jacksonville State 17

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, Nev. - Ethan Albertson kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to help New Mexico State beat Jacksonville State 20-17 a reach double-digit wins for the first time in more than 60 years.

New Mexico State (10-3, 7-1 Conference USA) has won eight games in a row and has its most wins since the 1960 team went 11-0. The Aggies play No. 25 Liberty (12-0, 8-0), which beat New Mexico State 33-17 on Sept. 9, in the conference championship game.

Albertson made a 22-yarder on the last play of the second quarter to give the Aggies a 14-point halftime lead. Jeremiah Harris intercepted a pass and returned it 63 yards to the 8 but settled for a 27-yard field goal by Alen Karajic to make it 17-6 with 14:52 left in the fourth quarter. Geimere Latimer intercepted a pass to give the Gamecocks possession at the 22 and four plays later Malik Jackson scored on an 11-yard run and Zion Webb ran for the 2-point conversion with 6:23 left and Karajic capped a 12-play drive with a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-all with 43 seconds to go.

Diego Pavia ran for a 10-yard gain and then completed a pass to Trent Hudson for 37 yards to make it first-and-10 at the Jacksonville State 28 before his 3-yard keeper set up Albertson's winner.

Webb finished 17-of-31 passing for 248 yards with two interceptions for Jacksonville State (8-4, 6-2).

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter JacStNMSt
NMSt TD 8:12 Jamoni Jones 1 yd run (Ethan Albertson kick) 0 7
NMSt TD 2:28 Trent Hudson 11 yd pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson kick) 0 14
Second Quarter JacStNMSt
JacSt FG 7:09 Alen Karajic 33 yd FG 3 14
NMSt FG 0:00 Ethan Albertson 27 yd FG 3 17
Fourth Quarter JacStNMSt
JacSt FG 14:52 Alen Karajic 27 yd FG 6 17
JacSt TD 6:23 Malik Jackson 11 yd run (ZION WEBB 2pt run) 14 17
JacSt FG 0:43 Alen Karajic 27 yd FG 17 17
NMSt FG 0:00 Ethan Albertson 52 yd FG 17 20
Team Stats
  Jacksonville State New Mexico State
First downs 17 27
  Rushing 7 11
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 10-16, 63%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 28-85 48-186
Passing Yards 248 269
Return Yards 62 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-30-2 23-34-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--15 2--13
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 36.3 36
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties - Yards 9-89 6-48
Time of Possession 20:18 39:42
Jacksonville State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Webb 17 30 248 0 2
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Pavia 23 34 269 1 2
Jacksonville State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Jackson 8 43 5.4 1
A. Lewis 8 41 5.1 0
P. Carter 1 6 6.0 0
R. Wiggins 3 4 1.3 0
Z. Webb 8 -9 -1.1 0
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Pavia 19 68 3.6 0
J. Jones 12 44 3.7 1
M. Young 4 38 9.5 0
S. Thomas 8 22 2.8 0
M. Watkins 3 12 4.0 0
J. Brady 1 1 1.0 0
E. Stowers 1 1 1.0 0
Jacksonville State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Carter 7 134 19.1 0
M. Pettway 4 47 11.8 0
Q. Lane 2 30 15.0 0
S. Brown 1 26 26.0 0
M. Jackson 2 9 4.5 0
P. Wells 1 2 2.0 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hudson 5 70 14.0 1
C. Bellamy 1 44 44.0 0
B. Childress 1 29 29.0 0
D. Faupel 3 23 7.7 0
S. Thomas 3 23 7.7 0
J. Brady 2 21 10.5 0
E. Stowers 3 20 6.7 0
K. David 2 14 7.0 0
J. Parker 1 13 13.0 0
T. Whitford 1 9 9.0 0
J. Jones 1 3 3.0 0
Jacksonville State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Harris 1 62
G. Latimer 1 0
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Rowser 1 31
D. Early 1 0
Jacksonville State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Dawson 4 145 36.3
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Z. Haynes 3 108 36.0
Jacksonville State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brady 2 12 6.0
Jacksonville State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Jacksonville State Missed FG
Player Length
A. Karajic 36
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length




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