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House strikes again


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POSTED: Sunday, November 15, 2009

Davon House took one to the house last night—a lesson he learned from his last trip to Aloha Stadium.

House's 58-yard interception return for a touchdown accounted for all of New Mexico State's scoring in a 24-6 loss to Hawaii—the Aggies' fourth straight defeat.

House was one of the few bright spots for a struggling New Mexico State team that was held to seven or fewer points for the fourth straight game.

Accounting for the team's only touchdown isn't anything new to the 6-foot, 172-pound junior, who is the only Aggie to find the end zone in the last three games. New Mexico State (3-7, 1-4 Western Athletic Conference) hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in 17 straight quarters, dating back to the Utah State game on Oct. 10.

“;We try to push our offense to get better every day in practice,”; said cornerback Chris Buckner, who had a team-high 16 tackles. “;But at the same time, we can score points, too.”;

House did just that, setting a school record for most career interception return yards in the process by taking a Moniz pass back 58 yards untouched to cut the deficit to 17-6 late in the third quarter.

House trailed Hawaii's Jovonte Taylor on a crossing route, but Moniz's pass was behind him and deflected off Taylor's shoulder pads directly into the hands of House, who quickly turned it upfield and was gone.

“;I was just trying to make a play and once I started running and got to the end zone I realized I had the record,”; he said.

House was a freshman two years ago when NMSU last played here, and made one of his nine career interceptions on the first play from scrimmage, picking off a Colt Brennan pass intended for C.J. Hawthorne.

“;I won't ever forget that,”; House said. “;It was Colt Brennan.”;

NMSU's secondary was kept busy all night, including Buckner, who came within one tackle of matching his season total of 17 in one game.

Hawaii rattled off 17 points on its first three drives and looked poised to blow out the Aggies. But after the first quarter, NMSU hunkered down and made a game of it by holding UH to just seven the rest of the way.

“;We didn't execute at all (early on),”; Buckner said. “;We all sat down and calmed down and talked about what we had to do and came out and started executing.”;

The Aggies still have plenty of problems on offense, finishing with 244 total yards. But for first-year head coach DeWayne Walker, watching his team come back from an early 17-point hole and not cave in was one of many building blocks.

“;That first quarter (Hawaii) came out slinging the ball all around and I was thinking, 'Holy, its going to be 50-0,”; Walker said. “;Right now, with where we are in our program, we're looking for positives. ... I was really happy with how our defense responded and keeping this from being a blowout.”;

The Aggies didn't arrive in Hawaii until Friday around 8 p.m., but Walker said it had nothing to do with the Aggies' slow start.

“;We were delayed for like 2 hours and would have been screwed if we tried to come in here and do everything on Friday,”; Walker said. “;Our kids are very professional and we're growing as a football team and I think we'll get this thing done at some point.”;