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PROVO, Utah (October 1, 2007) -- Senior linebacker Bryan Kehl helped lead BYU to a 31-24 victory at New Mexico on Saturday, posting 10 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception with a 36-yard return for a touchdown.
Kehl, a defensive co-captain, scooped up a deflected Donovan Porterie pass on the fourth play of the game and returned it 36 yards to give the Cougars an early 7-0 lead with 13:06 left in the first quarter. The play marked Kehl's first career interception.
With just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Kehl stripped the ball from Porterie and recovered the fumble to give BYU a first-and-10 at the Cougars' own 41-yard line. Kehl was also credited with a sack and a tackle for a loss on the play. Three plays later, BYU quarterback Max Hall connected with Austin Collie for a 59-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 21-6 lead with 9:23 left in the third quarter.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound senior leads the BYU roster with 42 tackles on the season, including a team-best 25 solo tackles. He has recorded five tackles for loss, including two sacks on the season.
Kehl's performance helped the Cougars improve to 3-2 on the season and now sit alone atop the MWC standings with a 2-0 league record. BYU has won 10 straight league games, and extended its Mountain West Conference road win streak to eight straight games.