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GAME BLOG: (22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19

GAME BLOG: (22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19



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FINAL Fourth Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19

Wow. Scary game for BYU. The Cougars never seemed like they were really into playing today. I think that's why the final score is 24-19. New Mexico actually had a chance to win. Even though the Lobos failed to convert an onside kick, they got the ball back following a fumble by Bryan Kariya. Things looked even scarier for BYU with a penalty on a receiver by Scott Johnson. The Lobos had the ball in BYU territory. Two straight sacks on Donovan Porterie killed UNM, though. Porterie scrambled on 4th down, but could only pick up 20 yards on 4th and 27. BYU kneed the ball to escape with a victory. Obviously, motivation has been a challenge at times for this BYU team. The Cougars looked amazing in games against Oklahoma and Wyoming. They looked like they were struggling to care against Florida State and New Mexico. We'll see if the motivation factor is there against Air Force and Utah. A good, double-digit win season is still possible, but the Cougars have to have their minds right.

FINAL Fourth Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19

FINAL SCORE

4:07 Fourth Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19

This really has been a bizarre game. I would probably chalk it up to sleep walking. There have been lots of blown assignments on defense for BYU and the offense continues to look lethargic. On the other hand, I think some credit has to be given to New Mexico. The Lobos are fighting and are acting like they want to win. Too bad James Aho has hit 4 uprights on three kicks. It would really be a scary game right now for BYU if New Mexico had converted three missed field goals and a missed PAT. We could go into a lengthy discussion here about what BYU needs to improve on against Air Force and Utah. I think, more likely though, the simply answer is: focus. If the Cougars are interested at all in their final two games, they should play better. UPDATE: Donovan Porterie just threw a touchdown pass to Victor James. The Lobos missed the 2 point conversion, and it's 24-19. Maybe these last few minutes will be really scary ...

4:07 Fourth Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 19

10:03 Fourth Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 13

The TD for BYU gives them a little breathing room, but they still need to control the 4th quarter and score a couple of more times. The Lobos have had opportunities to be leading this game, but missed FG's and the inability to convert down in the Red Zone have hampered the Lobos.....119th in 3rd down conversions coming into this game and you would never ever know it! 3rd down conversions left and right for New Mexico........

0:00 Third Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 13

24-13...A much-needed touchdown for the Cougs who have been flat this half on both sides of the ball. Max Hall connects with Luke Ashworth for a 13-YD TD. But if you're a Cougar fan you're concerned about the lack of energy the Cougars are bringing to defense.

0:00 Third Quarter
(22) BYU 24, New Mexico 13

5:21 Third Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 13

I know UTEP was a different situation and there is a whole lot of time left, but this is just not a good effort so far letting the Lobos stay in this game....Lobo offense is making it look fairly easy to move the ball on the BYU Defense, again inot BYU territory, within the 25 yard line of the Cougars.......

6:28 Third Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 13

7:29 Third Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 7

BYU has had a difficult time capitalizing on drives early in the second half all season long, and the trend continued today. BYU gets no points despite getting the ball first in the second half. New Mexico, meanwhile, is getting some things going here in the second half. Donovan Porterie is making solid throws, and the Lobos seem on pace to convert more third downs than they have all season long. It'll probably be a 17-14 game before long.

0:00 Second Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 7

HALFTIME- Well, after the first drive for the Lobos in the opening moments of the game they haven't really done anything else on the offensive end. The Cougars are getting sneaky yards 260 to be exact in the first half to UNM's 160.

HALFTIME Second Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 7

1:56 Second Quarter
(22) BYU 17, New Mexico 7

5:49 Second Quarter
(22) BYU 10, New Mexico 7

42-YD Field Goal Good for Mitch Payne. The Cougars are not in good shape right now, the offense is driving then sputters then the defense isn't creating much either. Add on that the injury to Terrance Hooks and Tackle Matt Reynolds...Not good.

5:49 Second Quarter
(22) BYU 10, New Mexico 7

7:37 Second Quarter
(22) BYU 7, New Mexico 7

It was bad news for the BYU defense when Terrance Hooks went down and had to be carted off the field. It looks like it may be a season-ending leg injury for Hooks. As he was helped on to the cart, he received a pat on the back from New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley, and received hugs from some of the Cougar assistants. Hooks wasn't touched before he went down. It just looked like he slipped. It appears to have simply been a freak accident. He gave the crowd a thumb's up on his way out of the stadium. Back on offense shortly after the injury, BYU seemed to be picking up momentum on offense. Max Hall made some nice throws, including downfield to O'Neill Chambers. In New Mexico territory, however, Hall was picked off. A defensive lineman jumped up, extended and snared a screen pass. UPDATE: It sounds now like a patellar tendon injury. It's unclear whether Hooks is done for the year, but he is done for the game.

0:21 First Quarter
(22) BYU 7, New Mexico 7

Manase Tonga punches it in from a half yard out and the Cougs tie this thing up before the end of the first quarter. The defense needs to wake up and not give up so many first downs to a New Mexico team who has been awful this year on offense.

0:51 First Quarter
(22) BYU 7, New Mexico 7

4:10 First Quarter
New Mexico 7, (22) BYU 0

It continues to be a bit of a slow start for BYU. The offensive line has looked particularly sluggish, allowing pressure from New Mexico to get to Max Hall. Granted, the UNM defensive line is perhaps the best unit on the team. Johnathan Rainey had 7 sacks coming in and ranks 18th in the country in tackles for loss. BYU has already faced two third downs. One was 3rd and 12 and Max Hall completed a nice throw to Luke Ashworth. The other was a 3rd and 2 that ended in an incomplete pass. New Mexico now has the ball again and is playing with some momentum.

8:43 First Quarter
New Mexico 7, (22) BYU 0

Will BYU score at will in this game? Will New Mexico show at Heartbeat? 0-9 and on life support are the Lobos. New Mexico takes the ball after winning the toss. A solid drive moving the ball down the field, 4-4 on 3rd down conversions, a team 119th in the country in 3rd down conversion, 2nd to last. Very little pressure from the BYU defense on this drive.......doesn't make a whole lot of sense......and the LOBOS are on the board....7-0 New Mexico!

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