In the end, it was quite literally the most Aggie game that could've been played. By halftime, the Arizona Bowl was tied at 13-13, and all signs pointed to a storybook finish. Nearly non-existent in Friday's game until the fourth quarter, Scott dragged his left cleat through the end zone turf enough to overturn the call on the field, resulting in a New Mexico State touchdown. Utah State allows 181.9 yards per game, which was 19th nationally. Every element that made Utah State's 2017 season such a wild ride could be found somewhere in the team's last 60 minutes of playing time. That was the high water mark for Arizona State's defense.
Then, New Mexico State's Jason Huntley returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to retake the lead at 10-7. But on the ensuing play, Utah State fumbled the ball away.
Nick McCloud intercepted ASU's Manny Wilkins to end Arizona State's first drive of the second half, but the Pack kicked a 26-yard field goal after the 53-yard interception return after failing to get in the endzone and took a 31-10 lead.
NMSU followed it with Brown's 33-yard field goal with 11;35 left in the second quarter to make it 13-10 NMSU. Reggie Gallaspy scored a 23-yard rushing TD on the first snap of the fourth quarter for a 38-10 NC State lead.
USU had a chance to tie it with 4:28 left in the half but Eberle missed a 42-yard field goal attempt. New Mexico State QB Tyler Rogers.
Instead, Utah was the only one of the nine teams to win its bowl game and the Pac-12 ended the bowl season with the worst record ever for a Power-5 Conference for an entire bowl season. Additionally, No. 89 averaged 44.6 yards per punt.
"It's always great to get a senior back in his final game", USU head coach Matt Wells said.
Aggies senior running back Larry Rose III rushed for 101 yards in the first half. And NMSU ranked fourth in country in passing offense with 352.6 yards per game. Ryan Finley completed 24 of 29 passes for 318 yards in the game.
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