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2010 New Mexico Bowl

12.18.10 Albuquerque, New Mexico (32,424) 

BYU 52

BYU opened the 2010 bowl season with its fourth bowl victory in the last five years with a 52-24 triumph over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. The Cougars had a record-setting day to finish the season with a 7-6 record and wins in five of their last six games. New Mexico Bowl Offensive MVP Jake Heaps went 25-of-34 for 264 yards and four touchdown passes, passing Ty Detmer’s freshman record for most touchdown passes. Heaps also set the BYU bowl record for best completion percentage (.735) in a bowl game. Senior safety Andrew Rich was awarded the game’s Defensive MVP in his final game as a Cougar, finishing with four solo tackles, two interceptions, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and a pass breakup. BYU played well from the start at University Stadium, scoring on its first five possessions to take a 31-3 lead and set a new first-half New Mexico Bowl scoring record. The Cougars went up 14-0 after Heaps found senior wide receiver Luke Ashworth for a nine-yard score with 4:37 to go in the first quarter. While BYU’s offense was successfully moving the ball, the Cougar defense was equally successful keeping the Miners from gaining ground. BYU finished the first quarter with a 17-3 lead while totaling 143 yards and holding UTEP to minus-5 yards. The 24-3 lead became 31-3 when Heaps and Hoffman hooked up for their second touchdown of the game, this time from three yards out. The Cougars took a 45-17 lead into the final quarter. Hoffman set career highs across the board with eight receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns, tying a BYU bowl game record for most touchdown receptions in a game. After freshman running back Joshua Quezada bulled his way to an 8-yard touchdown with 12 minutes remaining, Payne converted the point-after attempt to pass Owen Pochman as the Cougars’ all-time scoring leader with 334 points.

First Downs 28 13
Rushing Yards (Net) 50-219 22-12
Passing Yards (Net) 295 245
Passes Att-Comp-Int 36-26-2 33-14-3
Total Offense Plays-Yards 86-514 55-233
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-42 2-2
Kickoff Returns-Yards 5-125 8-202
Interceptions Returns-Yards 3-42 2-55
Punts (Number-Avg) 3-53.3 6-47.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-54 7-52
Possession Time 38:16 21:44
Third-Down Conversions 9 of 16 3 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 5-5 0-2
Sacks By: Numbers-Yards 4-58 0-0
BYU Kariya 4-yard run (kick) 
BYU Ashworth 9-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
UTEP Warren 52-yard FG
BYU Payne 38-yard FG
BYU Hoffman 31-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
BYU Hoffman 3-yard pass from HEAPS (kick)
UTEP Adams 67-yard pass from Vittatoe (kick)
BYU Di Luigi 2-yard run (kick) 
UTEP Adams 37-yarad pass from Vittatoe (kick)
BYU Hoffman 29-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
BYU Quezada 8-yard run (kick)
UTEP Adams 49-yard pass from Vittatoe (kick) 
BYU 17 14 14 7 52
UTEP 3 7 7 7 24