NMSU ends 57 year bowl drought with 26-20 OT win in Arizona Bowl

New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III (3) leaps over Utah State safety Dallin Leavitt in the first half of the Arizona Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) – In front of a sea of Aggie fans on Friday, New Mexico State defeated Utah State 26-20 in overtime. This win marks the Aggies first bowl victory in 57 years, and interestingly enough their last bowl win was against Utah State back in 1960.

This game was action packed from the start, as back-to-back kick returns for touchdowns made the score 10-7 NMSU. It was tied 13-13 at the half, and Utah State would make the game 20-13 in the 4th quarter. NMSU would put on a charge in the 4th though, led by QB Tyler Rogers who didn’t have the best first half, but he showed up in the 2nd.

An 11 yard TD pass to Jaleel Scott would tie the game at 20, after further review from the refs. It would be 20-20 at the end of regulation, and in OT Utah State would miss an overtime drive opening field goal, marking their 4th missed field goal of the game.

The Aggies would then pounce, and who better to cap of the victory than senior running back Larry Rose III. Rose punched in a 21 yard TD to seal the Aggie victory. NMSU is this year’s Arizona Bowl Champions and they finish their season at 7-6.