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2010 New Mexico Bowl

12.18.10 Albuquerque, New Mexico (32,424) 


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 Downs2813
Rushing Yards (Net)50-21922-12
Passing Yards (Net)295245
Passes Att-Comp-Int36-26-233-14-3
Total Offense Plays-Yards86-51455-233
Fumble Returns-Yards0-00-0
Punt Returns-Yards2-422-2
Kickoff Returns-Yards5-1258-202
Interceptions Returns-Yards3-422-55
Punts (Number-Avg)3-53.36-47.8
Possession Time38:1621:44
Third-Down Conversions9 of 163 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions0 of 01 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances5-50-2
Sacks By: Numbers-Yards4-580-0
BYUKariya 4-yard run (kick) 
BYUAshworth 9-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
UTEPWarren 52-yard FG
BYUPayne 38-yard FG
BYUHoffman 31-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
BYUHoffman 3-yard pass from HEAPS (kick)
UTEPAdams 67-yard pass from Vittatoe (kick)
BYUDi Luigi 2-yard run (kick) 
UTEPAdams 37-yarad pass from Vittatoe (kick)
BYUHoffman 29-yard pass from Heaps (kick)
BYUQuezada 8-yard run (kick)
UTEPAdams 49-yard pass from Vittatoe (kick)