If any team can commiserate with Utah State's football skid, it's New Mexico State.

The NMAggies were 0-12 and 0-8 in Western Athletic Conference play in coach Hal Mumme's first season at the helm in Las Cruces in 2005.

"They really want a win," Mumme said. "I have been in that situation. I know how they feel."

Utah State beat New Mexico State 24-21 on a late field goal to put the final nail in the 0-12 coffin.

Mumme may know how Utah State feels, but he's not going to do anything to ease its pain.

"We have to take care of business," Mumme said.

The game kicks off at noon Saturday and can be seen live on Altitude.

New Mexico State (4-7, 1-5) was still in bowl contention before losing to San Jose State 51-17 last week, but despite the loss NMSU is motivated to finish the year with two straight victories.

"The biggest thing is that it is such a disappointment. We really wanted a bowl game this season, especially this season," said NMSU tight end Nick Cleaver. "But to get out of here with six wins would be a great way to end my senior season, to go out on a high note."

New Mexico State had bowl eligibility right in its hands as it entered WAC play at 3-2. The Aggies lost to Boise State, 58-0, and then lost a one-point heart-breaker to Louisiana Tech. After beating Idaho, 45-31, for their one and only league win, NMSU dropped three straight to Hawaii, Nevada and San Jose State. It lost to Nevada, 40-38, on a late missed field goal.

"Well, the season is not over. We need to go out and fight," NMSU defensive lineman Ray Manumalenuna said. "If we win the last two games, our wins will be at six and it is an improvement from last year."

NMSU bounced back from its defeated season with four wins last year, including the last two to end the season.

"We have two games left and we could go out with six wins," NMSU's Brandon McKinney said. "Six wins is a lot better than four. We can say that we missed a bowl game by one rather than three if we win the next two. We have not had six wins in a long time. It would be the best finish in a while for the program."

NMSU's last six-win season or better came in 2002 when it finished 7-5 overall and 5-1 in the Sun Belt.

Behind quarterback Chase Holbrook, who threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Utah State in Logan last year, NMSU is ranked seventh in the nation in passing at 329.55 yards per game and 39th in total offense at 421 yards per game.

Defensively, New Mexico State is 94th in total defense at 433.27 ypg, while Utah State is 104th at 452.10 ypg.

Utah State leads the all-time series 25-6 and is 14-2 in games played in Las Cruces. At one point Utah State won 19 straight games in the series.

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