bleedCrimson.net ReportThe Aggie football team battled the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs closely for nearly the entire game trailing by just seven points but two touchdowns in the final five minutes sealed the Aggies' fate as the Bulldogs left Las Cruces with a 41-20 victory ending a 10-game road losing streak.
In his second career start, Andrew Manley threw his first career touchdown pass connecting with Todd Lee on a 30 yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. Manley finished the game 20-of-40 for 216 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Robert Clay, in his first start filing in for injured Seth Smith and Kenny Turner finished with 108 yards on 22 carries with an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
The Aggies trailed by just seven points but the Bulldogs would seal the game as Phillip Livas would break a 62-yard touchdown run on an end-around play to put the Bulldogs up 34-20 with 5:00 left to play. On the ensuing kickoff the Aggies' Stephen McIntyre would be unable to get the handle on the kickoff and the Bulldogs' Justin Goodman would recover the ball. It would take Louisiana Tech six plays to drive 37 yards culminating in a nine yard touchdown run by Livas putting Louisiana Tech up 41-20 with 90 seconds left to play.