It was a final score many NMSU fans and UK fans didn't expect, as the Wildcats beat the Aggies in a shootout 62-42.
After leading the majority of the first half and entering the locker room tied at 35, NMSU ultimately dropped a 62-42 decision to SEC opponent Kentucky on Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium.
The Aggies (1-2) led the Wildcats (1-2) on four separate occasions before the home team pulled away in the second half. The first two Aggie touchdowns came from an interception by Jaden Wright and a fumble recovery by Izaiah Lottie. Overall, the Aggies secured three turnovers with two forced fumbles and an interception.
Tyler Rogers completed 16-of-33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third 200-yard passing game of 2016 and the 13th of his career. In addition, the quarterback had a career-high 70 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Kentucky was led by quarterback Stephen Johnson who completed 17-of-22 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Stanley Williams had 181 rushing yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
The Wildcats added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
NM State takes the field again next Saturday as they open conference play with a road trip to face Troy in a 5 p.m. MT matchup. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.