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  • Utag defense will be a test for Lobos
    For a change, the spotlight on the University of New Mexico Lobo football team’s opponent doesn’t shine down on a quarterback. It shifts to the defense.  It beams down on Jake Doughty and Zach Vigil, a tenacious duo of headhunting Utah State linebackers, who defend their turf like a junkyard dog guarding a bone. These Utah State Aggies — or Utags, as the Aggies are better known — do not like running backs. They do not like quarterbacks.  They do not like giving up first downs. Doughty had 19 tackles against Boise State. Vigil had 12 tackles. The Lobos and Utags meet at University Stadium Saturday. The two linebackers will be looking to greet Lobos at the line of scrimmage and they are good at seeking out their targets. Doughty, a senior, is No. 5 in the nation with 11.9 tackles per game.  Vigil, a junior, is No. 25 with 9.7 per game. They are at the heart of a Utag defense that is ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 31 in the nation, 29th against the run, holding opponents to 129.1 yards on the ground and 351.6 total yards.
  • Aggies are tops in preseason polls
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team was voted to win the Western Athletic Conference title in both the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll and the media poll. NMSU received eight of the nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and all 24 first-place votes in the media poll.  According to the voting done by the leagues’ coaches, Seattle University is picked to finish second, Bakersfield third with Idaho and Utah Valley tying for fourth.  “Anytime we get selected at the top it creates a challenge to try to defend the target that is on our back,” said head coach Marvin Menzies.  “We have to be able to use this for motivation and at the same time we need to make sure we have our humility intact.” Also for the Aggies, junior guard Daniel Mullings was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in both polls. Mullings finished the 2012-13 season as a second team All-WAC honoree while posting 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. 
  • Prep FB roundup: Friday's scores
    PREP FOOTBALL Menaul 61, Tse Yi Gai 0 Belen 32, Los Lunas 13 Capitan def. Loving, forfeit Clayton 19, Estancia 12 Clovis 48, Artesia 17 Cobre 28, Tularosa 0 Crownpoint 30, Ramah 20 Deming 44, Alamogordo 14 Eldorado 35, Rio Rancho 21 EP Cathedral, Texas 7, Chaparral 3 Eunice 71, Questa 0 Farmington 59, Bloomfield 7 Fort Sumner 33, Escalante 32 Gateway Christian 70, Logan 46 Goddard 28, Carlsbad 10 Hagerman def. Cloudcroft, forfeit Hatch Valley 67, Mesilla Valley Christian 13 Hobbs 47, Lovington 0 Kirtland Central 35, Capital 0 Laguna-Acoma 50, Tohatchi 14 Las Cruces 55, Onate 19 Los Alamos 39, Bernalillo 35 McCurdy 66, Dulce 16 Melrose 60, Carrizozo 22 Navajo Prep 34, Shiprock 18 NMMI 20, Hot Springs 6 Raton 33, West Las Vegas 16 Roswell 24, Moriarty 21 Ruidoso 31, Silver 28 Sandia 19, Cleveland 16 Santa Fe 27, Espanola Valley 6 Santa Rosa 19, Texico 14
  • Lobos face Cowboys in conference game
    The University of New Mexico Lobo football team will take on the Wyoming Cowboys in a Mountain West contest Saturday afternoon. The Lobos, who haven’t had a road game in about a month, will travel to Laramie for the Mountain West meeting. The Cowboys have won three of their last four games against the Lobos, including a 28-23 victory in Albuquerque last season. UNM is 0-1 in Mountain West play (2-3 overall), but should have momentum going in after a crushing 66-17 victory over its in-state rival New Mexico State University last week. UNM gained 541 yards on the ground against the Aggies, a haul that made the Lobos the top rushing team in the country, averaging 367.8 yards per game. Wyoming (3-2, 1-0 in MW play), however, is also a very good offensive team. The Cowboys have averaged 516.2 yards per game, led by Brett Smith, who has a 64.8 percent completion percentage this season. The Lobos dropped their MW opener Sept. 28 at home against UNLV. The Cowboys, meanwhile, topped Air Force 56-23 Sept. 21 in Colorado Springs. In their most recent outing, however, the Cowboys dropped a 42-21 decision at Texas State. Aggies still looking for first win of year
  • Kirk named to preseason MW first team
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – This season, the University of New Mexico Lobos will be attempting to become the first team to win five Mountain West men’s basketball titles in the last six years. And looking at the media poll, many people think the Lobos can do it. UNM, with four starters returning for first-year head coach Craig Neal, was a near unanimous selection to win the Mountain West. The Lobos picked up 23 of 24 first place votes and are the preseason pick for the league title, according to media members from around the league. Along with the poll, UNM earned two big preseason individual honors. Kendall Williams was named the preseason Player of the Year, and he and Alex Kirk were both named preseason All-Conference. Kirk, a former standout for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, was an All-MW second-team selection following the 2012-13 season. He was also a U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District selection and named to the MW All-Defensive team. Kirk accomplished that after sitting out the 2011-12 campaign following back surgery. He is the top returning rebounder in the MW, ranking third last season with 8.8 rebounds per contest and was 13th in scoring (12.9 points per game) in Conference-only action. In addition, Kirk was also second in the league with 36 blocked shots in MW play.
  • State Roundup: Friday's NM prep football scores
    PREP FOOTBALL Albuquerque Academy 28, Los Alamos 13 Bloomfield 39, Miyamura 0 Clayton 51, Escalante 0 Clint Mountain View, Texas 34, Chaparral 13 Clovis 31, Goddard 28 Cobre 47, Zuni 0 Del Norte 55, Aztec 41 Deming 35, Silver 19 EP Cathedral, Texas 39, Santa Teresa 24 Eunice 35, Tucumcari 6 Farmington 21, St. Pius 0 Gateway Christian 52, Melrose 6 Hagerman def. Mescalero Apache, forfeit Hobbs 41, Alamogordo 0 Hondo 104, NMSD 0 Kirtland Central 44, Gallup 13 Laguna-Acoma 46, West Las Vegas 6 Las Cruces 54, Artesia 0 Lordsburg 12, Tornillo, Texas 0 NMMI 14, Capitan 13 Piedra Vista 47, Bernalillo 0 Portales 26, Pojoaque 14 Raton 53, Santa Fe Indian 0 Rio Rancho 28, Atrisco Heritage 27 Roswell 30, Gadsden 9 Ruidoso 28, Robertson 14 Santa Rosa 19, Dexter 7 Taos 49, Espanola Valley 7 Texico 47, Fort Sumner 25 Tohatchi 51, Wingate 0 Valley 31, Manzano 14
  • Bhullar named to top squad
    LAS CRUCES – CollegeInsider.com announced that New Mexico State University sophomore center Sim Bhullar has been named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team. Bhullar finished his first season at NMSU playing in all 35 of the Aggies’ games while starting in 26 contests. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and recorded a single-season record 85 blocks for the Aggies. Those 85 blocks helped the team set a team single-season record of 193 blocks. After the 2013-13 season, Bhullar was named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-American team. The team features players from mid-major programs and is presented by CollegeInsider.com which also awards the Lou Henson Award annually to the top mid-major player in Division I. Henson is the winningest coach in Aggie history, as well as the winningest coach at Illinois. 
  • Aggies to face SDSU
    The New Mexico State University Aggies will look to break into the win column Saturday against San Diego State. The Aggies are 0-4 on the season and have been knocked around for most of those four games. Last week, the Aggies were crushed by the UCLA Bruins 59-13 in Pasadena. Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between NMSU and SDSU since 2010. SDSU, however, has won each of the last six meetings between the two teams. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Las Cruces.
  • Lobos take on UNLV in homecoming tilt
    The University of New Mexico Lobos return from an off to take on UNLV at University Stadium in the Lobos’ homecoming game. The Lobos’ homecoming contest is set for 6 p.m. Saturday night. New Mexico is 3-11 all-time in MW openers, its last win coming in 2005. Bye weeks haven’t been good in recent years to the Lobos (1-2), who have lost their last four games after bye weeks. UNM running back Kasey Carrier enters Saturday’s game against the Rebels as the nation’s 12th-ranked rusher and the Mountain West leader. The senior from Pearland, Texas, is averaging 122.3 yards per game on the ground. Also for UNM, sophomore kick returner Carlos Wiggins ranks seventh nationally with an average of 35.2 yards per attempt. Senior punter Ben Skaer is No. 16 in the country with an average of 44.7 yards per punt. The Rebels are 2-2 on the season, having won two straight for the first time in five years. UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring has been a big catalyst in those wins. His rating of 167.56 would be leading the MW if he had enough pass attempts. Herring’s wide receiver Devante Davis is No. 7 in receiving yards per game at 77.2. The UNLV defense is 10th in the nation in pass defense, allowing just 146.5 yards per game.
  • Free fishing day set for Saturday
    SANTA FE – Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day and to celebrate, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering free fishing in the state. Residents and non-residents of all ages can fish without a license at public waters in New Mexico.  “We want to encourage New Mexicans to get out with their families and enjoy their wildlife resources, and celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on free fishing day is a great way to do that,” Department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane said. Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are also partnering to provide a day of family fun at Fenton Lake State Park. Department staff will be on hand to give expert instruction and hands-on training in outdoor skills such as fishing and archery. First-time anglers are encouraged to come learn a new skill. Activities at Fenton Lake will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and will include free archery and fishing instruction, aquatics education and more. The state park charges a $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Walk-in entry is free. Fenton Lake State Park is owned by the State Game Commission and managed by New Mexico State Parks. For more information about National Hunting and Fishing Day activities at Fenton Lake State Park, call 575-829-3630. Bull elk found dead, poaching is suspected