ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Ticker) -- After putting a scare into
Southern California last week, Brigham Young got a scare of its
Ray Brathwaite rushed for 169 yards on 19 carries as the Cougars
escaped with a 10-7 victory over New Mexico in the Mountain
West Conference opener for both teams.
Last week, BYU (2-1, 1-0 MWC) suffered a 35-18 loss at USC but
not before cutting a 21-0 deficit to 21-18 in the fourth
In this one, the Cougars narrowly avoided a second straight loss
to New Mexico before beating the Lobos for the 21st time in the
last 23 meetings.
New Mexico (1-2, 0-1) reached the Cougars 31 early in the fourth
quarter, but Casey Kelly threw a three-yard completion to
Adrian Boyd on 4th-and-4.
The Lobos were forced to punt on their next two possession and
the Cougars ran out the clock by holding the ball for the final
4:47. They reached New Mexico's 13 when time expired. BYU took a
10-0 lead on Matt Payne's 20-yard field goal with 7:17 left in
the first half and Matt Berry's 29-yard touchdown pass to
Phillip Niu with six minutes left in the first half.
New Mexico closed to 10-7 on DonTrell Moore's three-yard TD run
with 4:38 left in the third quarter. Moore rushed for 104 yards
on 21 carries.
Berry completed 12-of-20 passes for 102. Kelly was 11-of-23 for