(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: (22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19
Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Max Hall threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-33 passing, as 22nd-ranked BYU edged New Mexico, 24-19, at University Stadium.
Luke Ashworth led the way with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and Andrew George also registered a catch for a score for the Cougars (8-2, 5-1 MWC), who have won six of seven. Harvey Unga rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries, and Manase Tonga added a TD on the ground.
"It's not easy, regardless of whom you're playing and where," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall of being undefeated on the road for the first time since the Cougars' 1984 national title season. "It usually reflects maturity, determination, and execution. Some games are cleaner than others, but it's not easy to do. Otherwise it would have been done sometime between then and now. So I think it's worth dwelling on for a second."
Donovan Porterie completed 28-of-44 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score for the Lobos (0-10, 0-6), who extended their losing streak to 14 straight games.
Daryl Jones finished with eight catches for 94 yards and a TD, Victor James also added a receiving score and James Wright picked up 37 yards on seven carries in defeat.
James hauled in a 20-yard TD pass from Porterie with 4:07 left in regulation but the two-point conversion pass failed, leaving the Lobos down by five.
Bryan Kariya's fumble two plays later was picked up by Ahraya Crespin at New Mexico's 37-yard line. A personal foul on BYU pushed the ball to the Cougars' 48, but Porterie was sacked on back-to-back downs and an incompletion set up a 4th-and-27 at the Lobos' 35. Porterie scrambled for 20 yards but well short of the marker.
BYU took over on downs and Hall took a knee on three plays to run out the remaining time.
"We don't believe in consolation prizes and close victories," admitted New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley. "I am most disappointed for my senior class. My heart goes out to those guys. They have pulled and pushed this team forward as a class. They have motivated us as coaches to stay the course. They gave a valiant effort today. We played for four quarters. My team hasn't quit. They won't quit."
New Mexico jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Porterie ran into the end zone from three yards out, but BYU countered on Tonga's one-yard run for a 7-7 tie after one quarter.
The Cougars picked up 10 points in the second, on Mitch Payne's 42-yard make and Hall's 27-yard connection to George.
The Lobos converted their first drive of the second half, a 26-yard TD strike from Porterie to Jones for a 17-13 game, but BYU opened up an 11-point bulge after an 80-yard drive finished with a 13-yard pass to Ashworth on the final play of the third quarter.
Hall tied Ty Detmer (1988-91) for most wins as a starter in school history with 29...BYU has won the last five meetings and leads the all-time series 44-14-1...New Mexico's last victory came in a 70-7 rout of San Diego State on October 18, 2008...The Lobos picked up 22 first downs to just 17 for the Cougars and outgained the visitors 360-355.
11/14 23:23:16 ET