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LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University football team opened its season with a big 49-19 victory over Sacramento State at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley and sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin led the Aggie offense with career-high performances. Manley finished with a career-high 367 passing yards and three touchdowns on a 14-of-22 showing through the air. Franklin recorded a career-high 236 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, junior linebacker Trashaun Nixon led the team with 15 tackles, his first career double-digit tackle performance. Junior linebacker Bryan Bonilla and senior safety Davis Cazares also finished with double-digit tackles. Bonilla finished with 11 tackles, his second career double-digit tackle performance, while Davis finished with 10, his first career double-figures performance.
Following a missed field goal attempt on Sacramento State's first drive, the Aggies took advantage, capping a five play, 79-yard drive with a 52-yard Manley pass to Franklin for a touchdown.
Manley again found Franklin for a 50-yard pass that put the ball on the Hornets' 19-yard line early in the second quarter.
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