BYU 3, NEW MEXICO 0
Time: 7:17 remaining
Drive: 89 yards, 5 plays, 1:48
Scoring play: Matt Payne's 20-yard field goal
Key play: Rey Brathwaite unleashes an 89-yard run but runs out of gas on the long journey and is tackled at the UNM 2.
BYU 10, NEW MEXICO 0
Time: 6:00 remaining
Drive: 68 yards, 9 plays, 3:32
Scoring play: Tight end Phillip Niu makes his first career catch a memorable one — a 29-yard touchdown from QB Matt Berry.
Conversion: Payne's PAT kick
Key play: Niu's catch.
BYU 10, NEW MEXICO 7
Time: 4:38 remaining
Drive: 3 yards, 71 plays, 1:06
Scoring play: DonTrell Moore takes a left-side pitch from Casey Kelly and scores from 3 yards out.
Conversion: Wes Zunker's kick
Key play: Adrian Boyd takes a wide-receiver screen pass from Kelly 66 yards to the Cougar 5.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: BYU tailbackReynoldo Brathwaite rushed 19 times for 169 yards and threw a key halfback pass late in the game to seal the Cougar victory.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Take your pick—they're both courtesy of Brathwaite. His 89-yard sprint off what seemed to be a sure loss set up BYU's first score, and his 26-yard halfback pass to Kyle Wilson on the game's final drive helped the Cougars run out the clock.
COUGAR INJURIES: QB Matt Berry is out one to three weeks with a spiral fracture of the pinky finger on his right (throwing) hand; he'll have surgery Sunday. FB Tafui Vakapuna was sidelined with a sublexed fibula — extended movement of the lower right leg from the knee joint; he'll be sore next week but likely ready to play against Stanford. Center Scott Jackson will be out one to three weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury. Linebacker Bryant Atkinson will be out for one to two weeks with a meniscus injury in a knee.
KEY STATISTICS: BYU gained 136 yards rushing against a Lobo defense that had averaged less than 50 yards in its two previous games … The Cougars finished the game with no turnovers … BYU was only 5-of-16 on third-down conversions, UNM 4-of-15 … New Mexico was averaging more than 500 yards total offense a game after two weeks, but the Cougar defense held the Lobos to just 312.
NEXT UP: BYU plays host to Stanford at LaVell Edwards Stadium 4 p.m. Saturday. New Mexico travels to Washington State in a Saturday afternoon contest.
BYU 10, New Mexico 7
BYU 3 7 0 0 — 10
New Mexico 0 0 7 0 — 7
BY—FG 20 Payne, 7:17.
BY—Niu 29 pass from Berry (Payne kick), 6:00
NM—Moore 3 run (Zunker kick)
First downs 14 18
Rushes-yards 29-176 48-190
Passing 172 141
Comp-Att-Int 20-37-0 11-24-0
Return Yards 77 52
Punts-Avg. 10-40.9 10-38.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-74 6-32
Time of Possession 27:42 32:18
RUSHING — BYU, Brathwaite 19-169, Stancil 1-(-1), Vakapuna 1-(-3), Tahi 4-(-4), Mortensen 1-(-6). New Mexico, Moore 21-104, Byrd 8-26, Cox 8-18, Boyd 3-17, Counter 2-10, McKamey 1-1, Kelly 5-(-5).
PASSING — BYU, Berry 12-20-0-102, Mortensen 7-16-0-44, Brathwaite 1-1-0-26. New Mexico, Kelly 11-23-0-141, Sanders 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — BYU, T.Christensen 4-46, Hale 3-18, Brathwaite 3-18, D.Christensen 3-17, Vakapuna 2-11, Niu 1-29, Wilson 1-16, Wilkerson 1-8, Kukahiko 1-5, Tahi 1-4. New Mexico, Boyd 5-85, Sanders 3-43, Brody 1-9, Thomas 1-4, Cresap 1-0.