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What New Mexico State Coach Doug Martin Said After Facing Alabama

The Aggies, who will join Conference USA in 2023-24, left Bryant-Denny Stadium with a 1-9 record.

Despite a career-night from defensive end Doavan King and linebacker Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State lost to No. 2 Alabama 59-3 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Ojoh finished with a career-best 13 tackles (nine solo) and three tackles-for-loss, while King finished with three tackles for loss.

The Aggies' biggest highlight was a 10-play, 49-yard drive that culminated in a 50-yard field goal that gave the Aggies a brief 3-0 lead.

In total, the Aggies had nine total tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks. 

Coming into Saturday's game, Alabama had won 59 of the last 61 games at its home stadium following the Crimson Tide’s 20-14 win over LSU on Nov. 6. 

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Alabama boasted the best all-time home winning percentage in the FBS with an .836 (282-54-3) mark at Bryant-Denny Stadium since its opening in 1929. Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium (275-60), which opened in 1970, was second at .821, while Georgia Southern’s Paulson Stadium (205-45), which debuted in 1984, ranked third at .820, Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium (1991) was fourth at .819 (173-38) with Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (1923) in fifth at .817 (413-87-15). 

The Crimson Tide was 94-8 (.922) at Bryant-Denny Stadium during Nick Saban’s tenure, including a 90-5 (.947) record since the 2008 season.

Here's some of what New Mexico State coach Doug Martin said after facing Alabama:

"Alabama is an excellent football team. They're obviously really well coached and very talented. Our guys played as hard as they could, but we were certainly outmatched today. I was extremely proud of the effort our guys gave. 

"Certainly, only having one turnover for the day was a positive. Offensively we really played hard, but we were just outmatched up front. As far as the attitude and effort that guys played with on both sides of the ball, that was really what we were looking for. They're playing as hard as they possibly can, and you really cannot ask for more than that. Especially when you're playing against a team as talented as Alabama. 

"All year I couldn't ask for more from these guys. The big play has been our Achilles heel all year in the passing game. Alabama got some mismatches on us with wide receivers matched up on the wrong players. We probably had a couple of busts in the secondary also at times. But we were playing a lot of guys back there that are really young. A lot of freshmen are playing in the secondary and then is playing in his first season at safety. Those guys have gotten better as the season has gone along. But that's still an issue for us."