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New Mexico state football is way ahead of schedule, even by Jerry Kill’s standards.

New Mexico state football is way ahead of schedule, even by Jerry Kill’s standards.

When he was hired about a year ago, Kill described himself as college football’s fix-it guy. At stations like Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois, it took Kill at least two seasons to make those schools winners.

At Minnesota, Kill finished his third and fourth seasons 8-5, but the freshman Aggies head coach went 0-3 in bowl games with the Gophers.

New Mexico State beats Valparaiso and ends the regular season 6-6

So for the Aggies to finish 6-6 and go bowling in first grade and for the fifth time in school history is truly a unique achievement.

“We still have a long way to go,” Kill said. “In the beginning I didn’t think we would be where we are, that’s for sure. …We’ve gotten better every week and some people have leveled up.

“Most of the time we did everything right. There are two or three things we could have done better.”

This season marks the sixth time Aggies has won six games since the Warren Woodson era in the 1960s.

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