NMSU survives final play for win over Abilene Christian

LAS CRUCES, N.M. —  New Mexico State linebacker Trashaun Nixon

tackled Abilene Christian wide receiver Taylor Gabriel at the 6 yard

line to preserve the Aggies first win of the season, 34-29.

New Mexico State (1-7) trailed the FCS Wildcats at halftime, 22-21.

The Aggies took the lead in the fourth

quarter on a pair of field goals from Maxwell Johnson and a 5-yard

touchdown run by Germi Morrison to make it 34-22 with 2:32 left.

But Abilene Christian (5-4) rallied.

John David Baker found Charcandrick West with a 5-yard touchdown pass

with 19 second left and the Wildcats recovered an on-side kick.

After a 15-yard personal foul penalty on

the kick-off and a 10-yard holding penalty, Abilene Christian had the

ball at its own 21. On the final play Baker found Monte Green-Avery with

a 59-yard pass, and a lateral to Gabriel collected another 14 yards

before Nixon’s tackle ended the threat.