8:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003
University Stadium, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Ticker) -- After putting a scare into Southern California last week, Brigham Young got a scare of its own.
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 quarter.
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 141 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||4-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|FG||7:17||MATT PAYNE 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 89 yards.
|TD||6:00||PHILIP NIU 29 YD PASS FROM MATT BERRY (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||4:38||DONTRELL MOORE 3 YD RUN (WES ZUNKER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 71 yards.