Diego Pavia, Top New Mexico State vs. Fresno State Players to Watch – Isleta New Mexico Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The New Mexico State Aggies and the Fresno State Bulldogs meet for the Isleta New Mexico Bowl. The matchup is at 5:45 PM ET on December 16, 2023, and airs on ESPN.

The Aggies lost 49-35 last time out when they met the Liberty Flames. In their most recent outing, the Bulldogs took on the Boise State Broncos and picked up the win by a final score of 37-30.

Diego Pavia finished with 188 yards on 11-16 passing (68.8%) in the Aggies’ last game, tossing three touchdowns, plus five rushing attempts for 45 yards and one rushing touchdown. Star Thomas ran for 39 yards on eight attempts. Trent Hudson earned 112 yards on seven receptions with two scores.

For the Bulldogs in their last game, Mikey Keene finished with 21 completions on 36 attempts (58.3%) for 190 yards while throwing one interception. Malik Sherrod carried the ball 15 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also posted five receptions for 44 yards Erik Brooks caught five passes for 53 yards.

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New Mexico State Players to Watch

  • Pavia leads the team with 2,915 passing yards (208.2 yards per game) and has a 61.6% completion percentage this year (210-of-341) while throwing 26 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also has 862 rushing yards on 158 carries with six touchdowns, averaging 61.6 yards per game.
  • Thomas has 643 yards on 111 carries (45.9 ypg), with four rushing touchdowns.
  • Jonathan Brady has 37 catches and paces his team with 613 receiving yards (43.8 ypg) while scoring four touchdowns.
  • Hudson has chipped in with 545 yards (on 34 catches) and 10 touchdowns.
  • Eli Stowers has 346 receiving yards on 32 receptions, with two touchdowns, averaging 26.6 yards per game.

Fresno State Players to Watch

  • Keene leads the team with 2,590 passing yards (215.8 yards per game) and has a 65.8% completion percentage this year (250-of-380) while throwing 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
  • Sherrod has racked up a team-best 877 rushing yards (79.7 per game) and nine touchdowns. He has tacked on 35 receptions for 181 yards (16.5 yards per game) and one TD.
  • Elijah Gilliam has 357 yards on 93 carries (32.5 ypg), with five rushing touchdowns.
  • Brooks has grabbed 53 passes for a team-high 686 yards while scoring five touchdowns. He averages 57.2 yards per game.
  • Jalen Moss’ stat line this year shows 51 catches for 624 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 52 receiving yards per game.
  • Mac Dalena has totaled 497 yards on 43 receptions with three touchdowns, averaging 41.4 yards per game.

New Mexico State Recent Stat Leaders

  • As part of the Aggies’ defensive unit, Jaden Robinson has recorded in their last three games.
  • Jeremiah Dervil has helped spur the Aggies’ defense with 14 tackles in their last three games.
  • The Aggies’ defense has been helped in their last three games by Jamoni Jones, who has posted 14 tackles.
  • With 14 tackles, Jordin Parker has helped lead the Aggies’ defense over their last three games.

Fresno State Recent Stat Leaders

  • Justin Johnson has delivered 14 tackles in the Bulldogs’ last three contests.
  • For the Bulldogs in their last three outings, Malachi Langley has amassed 21 tackles.
  • In the Bulldogs’ last three contests, Keene has posted 21 tackles.
  • With 21 tackles in games, Tre Watson has been wreaking havoc for the Bulldogs in their last three games.

New Mexico State vs. Fresno State Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
New Mexico State -3 -120 100 52.5 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

New Mexico State Fresno State
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 28.7 (33) 29.9 (52)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 21.8 (58) 24.6 (53)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 11 (40) 11 (40)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 9 (111) 20 (5)

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