Highlights, key games and photos from BYU’s victory in the New Mexico Bowl

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End grade: BYU 24, SMU 23


fourth quarter

0:08

SMU’s onside kick attempt goes wide and the Cougars will hold onto the bowl win.

0:08

What a ride from SMU.

And then, what a play by Jakob Robinson.

Tanner Mordecai hit Jordan Kerley with a 12-yard touchdown pass eight seconds from time, making it a one-point play. That capped an 88-yard drive that went 14 games and 2:53 off the clock.

SMU decided on two points and the win, and after a few chess timeouts, Mordecai attempted to score in a QB tie, but Robinson hit the quarterback and dropped him just short of the goal line to maintain BYU’s lead. BYU 24, SMU 23.

4:58

The BYU defense came with a big stop as SMU attempted to convert a fourth and a second at BYU 24. However, Alden Tofa came under pressure on Tanner Mordecia and picked up a 15-yard sack when Mordecai fell while backing up.

The sack returns the ball to BYU with solid field position and time is running out on this one.

12:39 p.m

It’s another one possession game after Tyler Lavine scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. BYU 24, SMU 17.

That was a nice response from the Mustangs, who used a balanced mix of running and passing to move the ball 75 yards in 11 games.

SMU extended the drive with a 35-yard pass into third, where Kelvontay Dixon made the sideline jumping hold to put the Mustangs in BYU territory.

Third quarter

1:21

Chris Brooks capped an impressive all-run drive with a 22-yard touchdown in third and short place, and the Cougars have a two-point lead. BYU 24, SMU 10.

BYU rushed for 82 yards in nine games and kept the ball on the ground while Brooks had six carries for 55 yards on the drive.

That gives the Cougars 196 rushing yards in the game.

8:17

BYU’s Ben Bywater jumped a screen pass and took back an interception 76 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cougars their biggest lead of the game. BYU 17, SMU 10.

This is Bywater’s first pick-six of his BYU career and also the first in New Mexico Bowl history.

It was a big turn of momentum after Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters threw an interception on BYU’s previous possession.

second quarter

3:34

Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters led another shot on goal, this time for a field goal, when Jake Oldroyd hit a 31-yarder to level the game. BYU 10, SMU 10.

The Cougars moved the ball 66 yards in 14 games, with the drive’s most electrifying play when Maiava-Peters made several dodgy plays and picked up 12 yards on the floor in a third and 12 situation to keep the drive alive.

However, Chase Roberts couldn’t catch a low pass in the end zone in third and fourth place in the game before the field goal, which would have given BYU the lead.

first quarter

2:16

SMU is back in front after moving 75 yards in 12 games and scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to Roderick Daniels Jr. SMU 10, BYU 7.

SMU converted three third-down attempts on the drive, including the touchdown pass.

6:09

The first drive for Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters was promising as the freshman quarterback led BYU into the red zone and finished the drive with a 1-yard TD run in fourth and scored. BYU 7, SMU 3.

Maiava-Peters showed his athleticism and rushed for 40 yards on the drive.

Can he show his arm tonight too? The 11-play drive contained only one pass, despite the Cougars’ rush game being ongoing.

12:01

SMU marched 57 yards in 11 games and added the first points of the game on a 35-yard field goal. SMU 3, BYU 0.

staff notes

Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters will start as quarterback for BYU while Puka Nacua is likely out for the game. Here are the details:

Preparation before the game

Here are some stories to prepare for the BYU vs. SMU bowl game:

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