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New Mexico State 48, Liberty 14

Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Diego Pavia passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more as New Mexico State handed Liberty its third straight loss 49-14.

The Aggies (5-6) have been on a roll, winning four of their last five games under first-year coach Jerry Kill and reaching five wins for just the second time since 2005.

Pavia was 16 of 21 in the air, throwing for 214 yards with touchdown passes to Jonathan Brady, Kordell David and Star Thomas. Pavia was the Aggies' leading ground gainer with 125 yards on 20 carries. The Aggies rushed for 214 yards.

The Aggies rolled up 21 points in the second quarter on a 2-yard Pavia run and his TD passes of 39 yards to Thomas and 42 yards to David. Pavia's 2-yard TD run and Jamoni Jones' 42-yarder made it 42-7 in the third quarter.

Three quarterbacks combined for 207 yards passing, a TD and an interception for Liberty (8-4), which was outgained 428-315. The Flames, who had three straight wins over the Aggies, lost two fumbles and were sacked five times.

While this was Liberty's regular-season finale, New Mexico State is hoping to line up an opponent for next Saturday to replace postponed game versus San Jose State. Both teams join Conference USA next season.

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NMStLib
NMSt TD 6:11 Jonathan Brady 34 yd pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson kick) 7 0
Lib TD 0:03 T.J. Green 1 yd run (Nick Brown kick) 7 7
Second Quarter NMStLib
NMSt TD 7:16 Diego Pavia 2 yd run (Ethan Albertson kick) 14 7
NMSt TD 6:29 Star Thomas 39 yd pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson kick) 21 7
NMSt TD 0:43 Kordell David 42 yd pass from Diego Pavia (Ethan Albertson kick) 28 7
Third Quarter NMStLib
NMSt TD 8:03 Diego Pavia 2 yd run (Ethan Albertson kick) 35 7
NMSt TD 5:28 Jamoni Jones 49 yd run (Ethan Albertson kick) 42 7
Fourth Quarter NMStLib
NMSt TD 6:23 Diego Pavia 3 yd run (Ethan Albertson kick) 49 7
Lib TD 0:15 Jaivian Lofton 6 yd pass from Kaidon Salter (Jason Stricker kick) 49 14
Team Stats
  New Mexico State Liberty
First downs 24 21
  Rushing 10 7
  Passing 8 14
  Penalty 6 0
3rd Down Efficiency 7-12, 58% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 43-214 35-108
Passing Yards 214 207
Return Yards 23 103
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-21-0 25-39-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 5--34
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 37.7 49
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 4-25 8-85
Time of Possession 35:33 24:27
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Pavia 16 21 214 3 0
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Salter 12 17 101 1 0
J. Bennett 8 13 72 0 0
C. Brewer 5 9 34 0 1
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Pavia 20 125 6.3 3
J. Jones 13 74 5.7 1
S. Thomas 7 11 1.6 0
A. Watkins 2 6 3.0 0
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Green 9 55 6.1 1
S. Louis 11 38 3.5 0
C. Brewer 2 10 5.0 0
J. Bennett 6 7 1.2 0
D. Douglas 1 5 5.0 0
K. Salter 6 -7 -1.2 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Brady 4 52 13.0 1
K. David 3 51 17.0 1
S. Thomas 1 39 39.0 1
E. Marsh 1 25 25.0 0
T. Whitford 2 23 11.5 0
T. Warner 1 9 9.0 0
C. Bellamy 1 7 7.0 0
B. Childress 1 6 6.0 0
J. Powers 1 6 6.0 0
A. Watkins 1 -4 -4.0 0
Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Douglas 7 78 11.1 0
C. Snead 6 45 7.5 0
J. Jackson 3 24 8.0 0
N. Frith 2 17 8.5 0
S. Louis 3 15 5.0 0
C. Yarbrough 2 14 7.0 0
B. Hanshaw 1 8 8.0 0
J. Lofton 1 6 6.0 1
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Jackson 1 -1
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Carlson 3 113 37.7
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Alves 3 147 49.0
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Dixon 1 24 24.0
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 1 32 32.0
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Louis 4 71 17.8
B. Hanshaw 1 0 0
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length
N. Brown 52




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