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Football Opponent Preview: New Mexico State

October 3, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: New Mexico State
Game Note vs. New Mexico State

The Flames are seeking their first four-game winning streak since 2016 and their first 4-2 start to a season since 2010. Meanwhile, the Aggies are attempting to snap a seven-game losing skid.

"4 Downs" with the Aggies

1. Liberty will try to become the first road team to win a game during its head-to-head series with New Mexico State. Aggie senior Jason Huntley is tied for No. 1 in program history with five kickoff returns for TDs, including one for 85 yards at Liberty on Nov. 24, 2018. The Flames rank No. 5 nationally for kickoff return defense (13.0) this season and have not allowed a return longer than 17 yards.
2. Liberty is playing only its second road game of the season. The Flames just wrapped up a three-game homestand and have played four of their first five contests at Williams Stadium. Two of Frankie Hickson's seven career 100-yard games have come against New Mexico State. He totaled 51 carries for 271 yards and a TD versus the Aggies in 2018, including a career-high 155-yard effort in Las Cruces.
3. New Mexico State topped Utah State 26-20 in the 2017 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, remaining unbeaten (3-0-1) all-time in bowl games. However, the Aggies have finished with three or fewer victories in six of the last seven seasons and are still in search of their first triumph of 2019.
4. If Liberty is victorious on Saturday, it would give the Flames a 4-1 record against opponents from the Land of Enchantment (2-0 vs. New Mexico and 2-1 vs. New Mexico State). New Mexico State has failed to record a first down on its opening drive for four straight games, while Liberty has scored a TD on its first possession during three of its last four outings.