HONOLULU – Despite a career night of the ball carrier Juwaun Prize, the NM State Aggies fell 48-34 Saturday night to the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors Saturday night at the Ching Complex.
Price has run 17 times for 159 yards and two career bests. Both Price scores were 56 and 46 yard carries.
In defeat, the quarterback Jonas johnson completed 24 of 54 passes for 228 yards. Johnson added 84 rushing yards and ran for a pair of scores, but was intercepted twice. Johnson’s two picks were returned for touchdowns.
In total, the Aggie’s (1-7) have run 34 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Saturday night was the Aggies’ first running game since New Mexico on September 21, 2019, and the first over 200 rushing yard game since November 23, 2019 against UTEP.
After being limited to just four catches and 18 yards in the first meet (September 25), the NM State wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda caught six balls for 82 yards, while the cohort Jared wyatt added five catches for 49 yards.
Defensively, the Aggies forced five Hawaiian fumbles (4-3) but recovered only two of five opportunities.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN:
Receiving possession of the soccer ball for the seventh time in eight weeks, the Aggies had three goals in the game’s first possession.
After a solid 44 yard bettor kick Josh carlson, the Warriors and substitute QB Brandon Schager orchestrated a seven-part practice that progressed to NM State 18.
On the third down and three, corner back Syrus Dumas tackled Hawai’i for a six-point loss that forced UH to score a 41-yard field goal that gave the home side a 3-0 lead with 10:37 to go.
Two practices later, Johnson and the Aggies responded with a 10-play, 31-yard practice that ended in a Ethan Albertson A 27-yard field goal that tied the score at 3-3 with 4:41 left in the first period.
The Hawaiian offense came to life in the next practice, as running back Dedrick Parson capped a nine-play, 79-yard practice with a nine-yard run that found dirt. The rushed touchdown was one of three scores Parson would rush for in the evening. Parson finished with 161 yards rushing and 54 receiving yards to finish with 215 all-purpose yards.
NM State looked to be leading on the possession that followed, but a once promising practice that advanced to UH 24 ended in a 75-yard pick-six by Khoury Bentley. The pick of six gave UH a 17-3 advantage with 13:38 left in the second period.
The Hawaiian defense forced another three-and-out on the NM State’s next possession to reignite a 12-play, 74-yard game that ended in a one-yard run by Parson. The scamper gave Hawai’i a 24-3 lead with just 6:56 to go.
Needing a spark, Price provided just that in the Aggies’ next practice, as the running back took a third carry-over for a 56-yard home call that brought his team down to 24-10 with 5: 05 to play in the opening period.
After both sides traded three and-outs on the two possessions that followed, the Rainbow Warriors missed a punt that was picked up by a long snapper. Austin reeves.
Turnover was one of two fumbles NM State recovered on the evening and established Aggie’s offense inside UH territory with 128 seconds left in the opening period.
Johnson would turn turnover into points, leading a seven-game workout that resulted in an Albertson 44-yard kick that brought the Aggies down to 24-13 with 38 ticks left.
The score would remain 24-13 at the break.
After half-time Aggie’s defense gained momentum for the end of the first half as Chris Ojoh prematurely ended UH training with a strip sack that was picked up by Michael Bowe Jr in midfield.
Turnover proved to be a key moment as the Aggies hit a 10-game, 56-yard touchdown. Johnson ended the aforementioned practice with a one-yard touchdown run that brought his side down to 24-20 with just over eight minutes left in the third.
Hawai’i would end Aggie’s 17-0 run in his subsequent practice, culminating in an 11-game practice with a 27-yard Shipley field goal that gave UH a 27- lead. 20.
With the chance to tie the contest for the first time since the opening period, NM State used a 46-yard run from Price to do just that. The touchdown, the second in Price’s contest, tied the game at 27 with 90 seconds left in the third.
In the very first play of subsequent practice, athlete Calvin Turner ran for 75 yards that gave UH a 34-27 advantage with 1:18 left in the third.
Seeking to respond, Johnson advanced this team to UH 33, before throwing another interception that was returned for a touchdown by Darius Muasau. The score gave Hawai’i a lead with 12:06 to go.
Johnson took advantage of his next opportunity, leading an 11-play, 75-yard run that ended with his second touchdown (seven yards) of the night. The score took the Aggies 41-34 with 7:48 to go.
Aggie’s defense forced Hawai’i to a third down and 11 on the next possession, but Schager hit WR Nick Mardner for a 49-yard pass that set up the final UH TD. Schager finished 25 of 29 for 219, while Mardner had four passes for 81 yards.
NM State couldn’t put more points on the board as UH held on for the 48-34 win.
THE COACH SPEAKS (HC DOUG MARTIN):
âI told our guys after the game that if we could have eliminated one mistake in attack and one mistake in defense, we would have won the game. That’s how slim our margin for error is right now. Jonah got hit as he was throwing the ball on an interception and then defensively they were able to respond every time we scored, that’s when you need to stop as a defense. Both teams have done great things. They are fighting and playing as hard as they can, but both teams made too many mistakes. “
After the second and final opening date of the season, NM State returns to action on November 6 for a game against Utah State. Aggie Memorial Stadium kicks off at 2 p.m.