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As NMSU heads to bowl game, head coach starts crowdfunding campaign for football program

Courtesy: NMSU

It’s the rematch Aggie fans on both sides have been waiting to see for more than 57 years.

The New Mexico State Aggies will take on Utah State’s Big Blue Aggies in the Nova Home Loans 2017 Arizona Bowl Game.

There’s lots of excitement in Las Cruces for the rematch that’s taken more than five decades.

NMSU will face the same opponent they beat in their very last bowl game in 1960.

On Dec. 29, NMSU will play against Utah State in the battle of the Aggies in Tucson, Arizona.

The last time these two teams duked it out, NMSU defeated Utah State 20-13.

Since then, Aggie fans have been waiting to see a rematch.

"I mean, it's incredibly exciting and very ironic. Who doesn't love a rematch, right? So it'll be great,” NMSU student Sarah Duncan said.

"Football doesn't get as much recognition anymore, but like when I saw that, I was like, 'This could really be like the start of something incredible,' and that's pretty amazing,” NMSU student Andrew Gormley said.

While Aggie fans prepare for the big showdown against Utah State, NMSU officials hope to keep the momentum alive for the future of NMSU football.

Over the past two years, NMSU has been dealing with shortfalls in its budget.

That’s why NMSU’s Head Coach Doug Martin started the Make A STATEment crowdfunding campaign.

Martin says the goal is to raise $30,000 for the football program.

Since the campaign started, Aggie fans have donated $23,000.

"We're doing a locker campaign to a lot of our football alums that has raised significant money, we're always pushing the Aggie athletic club and we've seen a nice uptake on that,” NMSU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said.

NMSU officials and Aggie fans say making it to this year's bowl game comes just in time for the holidays.

"Going to Tucson with 10,000 Aggies, I couldn't think of a better Christmas present,” Moccia said.

It's once in a lifetime to be able to be a part of something with such a bowl drought that you get to be part of that experience. It's something surreal,” Gormley said.

If you still haven’t purchased your tickets to the game, you have until Dec. 22 to buy them at the NMSU Pan American Center ticket office or online.

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