Brigham Young University
Nov 19 | 08:15 PM
42 - 7
New Mexico State University
LaVell Edwards Stadium

1700 North Canyon Road Provo UT 84604

Kenny Cox | Posted: 19 Nov 2011 | Updated: 4 Aug 2023
Kenny Cox

Cougars Roll on Senior Night with 42-7 Win

PROVO, Utah - On Senior Night, the BYU football team overpowered the New Mexico State Aggies for a 42-7 win at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.
Quarterback Jake Heaps completed 21 of 36 passes for 238 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdowns. Three seniors, Matt Marshall, Matthew Edwards and Bryan Kariya, scored touchdowns and BYU (8-3) held New Mexico State (4-7, 2-3) to just 249 total yards, a season low for the Aggies.
"I think it was the team's strongest performance, collectively," head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "The offense has been very explosive. Jake managed the game well and it was just another strong showing. My team continues to improve."
Senior linebacker Jadon Wagner forced a fumble and recovered another fumble in addition to four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Defensive back Preston Hadley tied for a team-high with seven tackles to go along with two pass breakups. Linebacker Brandon Ogletree also had seven tackles.
"I think we’re improving and I think we have a very good football team," Mendenhall said. "I’m anxious to play whoever is left on our schedule and who ever we can play at the highest level. We continue to gain momentum and play better football."
On the Aggies first drive of the game, Wagner got a big hit on New Mexico State’s quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker Jameson Frazier at the BYU 48-yard line. The Cougars capitalized on the takeaway with a 4-yard touchdown run from Kariya at the end of the drive to take a 7-0 lead with 5:38 left in the first quarter.
After Heaps threw an interception, the Aggies were able to find the end zone on a 3-yard pass to even up the score at 7-7 with 9:40 left in the second quarter. 
BYU went ahead 14-7 with a 15-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. Heaps hit Apo on a short pass in the flat and Apo did the rest, taking it 20 yards into the end zone for the score with 3:25 left in the second quarter.
Apo caught his second touchdown pass three minutes later. JD Falslev returned a punt 17 yards to set the Cougars up with a short 46-yard field. To complete the drive, Heaps connected with Apo for a 9-yard gain and the freshman receiver stretched for the goal line and got the touchdown. BYU took the 21-7 lead into the break.

Apo's two-touchdown game was the first of his career. The redshirt freshman finished with 66 yards receiving on five receptions. Falslev added a career-high 42 yards receiving. 
Two Cougar seniors with limited playing time were able to score touchdowns down the stretch for the Cougars. Matt Marshall, primarily the holder on field goals took over at quarterback in the wildcat formation and ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Tight end Matthew Edwards, the grandson of legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards, caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Heaps to give BYU a 35-7 lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter. 
Heaps picked up his fourth touchdown pass of the game when he hooked up with Falslev on a 27-yard strike over the middle of the field. The Cougars took a 42-7 lead with 7:30 remaining and held New Mexico State scoreless the rest of the way.
BYU will take a week off and go back on the road to play the Hawaii Warriors in the final regular-season game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. HT (5:30 p.m. MT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
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jchristiansen | Posted: 14 Nov 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU vs. New Mexico State - Game 11


BYU will host New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 19, with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on ESPNU, and KSL Radio 1160 AM, 102.7 FM and

BYU (7-3) vs. New Mexico State (4-6, 2-3 WAC)
Nov. 19, 2011
8:15 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Provo, Utah

For the complete BYU vs. New Mexico State game notes, see the attached PDF file below.

- BYU will honor 19 seniors this weekend at the game, including offensive lineman Terence Brown, running back JJ Di Luigi, defensive back Corby Eason, tight end Matt Edwards, defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo, linebacker Jameson Frazier, wide receiver Spencer Hafoka, wide receiver McKay Jacobson, running back Bryan Kariya, linebacker Aveni Leung-Wai, wide receiver/holder Matt Marshall, linebacker Jordan Pendleton, defensive lineman Matt Putnam, offensive lineman Matt Reynolds, defensive back Steven Thomas, offensive lineman Marco Thorson, safety Travis Uale, defensive lineman Simote Vea and linebacker Jadon Wagner.
- This is the first-ever matchup between the two schools and the third time this season BYU has played an opponent for the first time in program history after also facing Ole Miss and UCF earlier this year.
- Sophomore Jake Heaps will start at quarterback this weekend for the first time this season since Sept. 30 against Utah State after junior Riley Nelson was injured last week against Idaho. Heaps started the first five games of this season and last 10 games of the 2010 season as a true freshman.
- Under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has posted a 21-3 record in November with all three losses coming against Utah.
- BYU has just two games this November, only the second season along with 2003 that BYU has played less than three November games since 1943. BYU has played just two games in November in only five of its previous 86 seasons (2003, 1942, 1931, 1928, 1925). The only time the Cougars won both games during those years was in 1925 with wins over Western State and Montana State.

The Aggies head coach DeWayne Walker knows BYU as he worked under LaVell Edwards in 1994 as the Cougars’ cornerbacks coach. He has also coached against BYU three times in his coaching career. Walker worked as UCLA’s defensive coordinator from 2006-08. The Bruins played the Cougars three times during that stretch. UCLA defeated BYU in the 2007 regualar season 27-17 but BYU got back at them with a 17-16 win in the Las Vegas Bowl the same year. Walker’s last trip to Provo wasn’t a memorable one - the Cougars blasted UCLA 59-0 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2008.

BYU has been steadily improving throughout the season. After a low point in the season and struggling against Utah, the Cougars have seen a jump in their offensive output. After Utah, BYU was ranked 118th nationally in rushing with 48 yards per game, and now sit at 54th with 165.00 yards per game. After the UCF game the Cougars had the 111th ranked total offense with 291.3 yards per game. six games later BYU is ranked 54th at 398.9 yards per game. Scoring has also improved as well, going from 18.2 points per game to 28.4 points per game. With two more regular-season games to go, the Cougars will have plenty of opportunities to improve.

In its last six games, BYU has seen great balance from its passing and running game. The Cougars have 1,378 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 1,397 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. In five of the six games, BYU has gone for at least 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards. The Cougars had seven different players combine to rush for 243 yards and three touchdowns and Riley Nelson, Jake Heaps and James Lark combined to throw for 262 yards and three more touchdowns vs. Idaho. Against Idaho State, BYU ran for a season-high 290 yards and four touchdowns while adding 282 passing yards and three touchdowns. The week before against Oregon State BYU rolled up 282 yards on the ground and 217 in the air. Against San Jose State, BYU was even more balanced, rushing for 224 yards and throwing for 219 yards and vs. Utah State, the Cougars used 251 passing yards and 200 rushing yards to beat the Aggies.

BYU is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in third-down conversions, converting 51.52 percent. At the end of September, BYU was 78th in third-down coversions, converting 38.86 percent. In September, the Cougars converted 30 of 77 third downs, while in October BYU converted 33 of 50 third downs, good for the best mark in the nation for the month. Against Idaho last week, BYU was 9 of 13 on third down to improve their mark even more.

Wide receiver Cody Hoffman continues his streak, catching at least one pass in 16-straight games. Hoffman snagged six passes for 114 yards and two
touchdowns, all in the first half against Idaho. He had four receptions for 67 yards vs. TCU. Against Idaho State he had five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Hoffman set career-highs at Oregon State with 9 receptions for 162 yards. The redshirt sophomore caught four passes for 68 yards and one touchdown against Utah State. He grabbed three receptions for 24 yards against UCF. Hoffman finished with a team-high eight catches and 138 yards vs. Utah. He extends his streak to 16 games with at least one reception and 22 of 23 career games.

Running back Bryan Kariya has been an asset or the BYU ground game for the last several years. He has also been an asset in the classroom. Kariya was just named to the Capital One All-Academic District 8 Team. With a 3.9 GPA and a major in Chinese with a minor in business, Kariya plans to head out to dental school after his BYU career is over. Last season, Kariya was the only Division I running back named Academic All-American by ESPN. He doesn’t have the most carries or the most yards but he constantly falls forward for extra yards and his a tough runner. Kariya has been extremely valuable in short yardage situations or when the Cougars need to find the end zone. Kariya actually leads the team in rushing touchdowns with four.

BYU continued its streak of recording at least 4.0 TFL to six games against Idaho. Four different Cougars combined to record 5.0 TFL and Kyle Van Noy led the way with 2.0 TFL in the game.
Idaho - 5.0
TCU - 4.0
Idaho State - 9.0
Oregon State - 7.0
San Jose State - 5.0
Utah State - 6.0

After playing four games on the road or at neutral sites, the BYU defense ranks seventh in total defense in the NCAA when away from home. The Cougars are allowing 286.3 yards per game when playing on the road and rank behind six teams that are currently ranked in the AP Top 25. BYU is also one of two non-BCS teams in road defense, along with No. 10 Boise State.

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