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BYU's Reynaldo Brathwaite tries to outrun the Lobos on 89-yard, first-quarter scamper that set up a field goal, the first score of the game.

BYU’s Reynaldo Brathwaite tries to outrun the Lobos on 89-yard, first-quarter scamper that set up a field goal, the first score of the game.

Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News

First Quarter


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.

Second Quarter


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.

Third Quarter


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.

Fourth Quarter



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

First Quarter

BY—FG 20 Payne, 7:17.

Second Quarter

BY—Niu 29 pass from Berry (Payne kick), 6:00

Third Quarter

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.