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GAMEDAY College Football

New Mexico Bowl: Brigham Young 24, Southern Methodist 23

By GLEN ROSALES
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Cornerback Jakon Robinson stopped SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai on a 2-point conversion try with eight seconds left in the game, and BYU beat the Mustangs 24-23 in the New Mexico Bowl.

Mordecai, who finished with 218 passing yards and two touchdowns, tried to cut up the middle on a designed run and was dropped by Robinson, shutting down SMU's comeback attempt from a 24-10 third-quarter deficit.

The 2-point try came after Jordan Kerley caught a 12-yard TD pass from Mordecai.

Taking his first snaps in a college game, BYU redshirt freshman Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters ran for a game-leading 96 yards with a touchdown, and Christopher Brooks added 88 yards and a score for the Cougars (8-5). Maiava-Peters was 7 of 12 passing for 47 yards and an interception.

After an apparent fumble recovery in the third quarter was overturned, the Cougars got a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown from linebacker Ben Bywater, breaking a 10-all tie.

Bywater added a game-high 11 tackles as part of a surprisingly stout performance by a BYU defense that had been allowing 30 points per game.

The Cougars defense also turned in a big play on fourth-and-2 at the BYU 24 with five minutes left in the game as Alden Tofa sacked Mordecai for a 17-yard loss.

SMU (7-5) raced to an early lead, getting a 35-yard field goal from Collin Rogers and 9-yard scoring pass from Mordecai to Roderick Daniels Jr., around a 1-yard scoring run by Maiava-Peters in the first quarter.

Jake Oldroyd booted a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter for BYU, and the team were tied at 10-all at halftime.

After Bywater scored on the interception, BYU added a 22-yard scoring run by Brooks in the third quarter.

SMU closed within seven points at 24-17 in the fourth quarter when Tyler Lavine scored on a 3-yard run. Lavine finished with 91 yards on 23 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

With three inexperienced quarterbacks on the BYU roster, surprise starter Maiava-Peters put in a strong bid for starter for the upcoming season.

SMU's Mordecai has already declared his intention to enter the NFL draft, so the Mustangs' big question during spring ball will be figuring out the quarterback situation, as well.

NOTABLES

Bywater's pick-6 in the third quarter for BYU was the first in the bowl's history. ... Ran Rehkow's fourth-quarter, 67-yard punt for the Cougars was a bowl record, extending by two yards the mark he set in the third quarter.

December 17, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMUBYU
SMU FG 12:01 Collin Rogers 35 yard field goal 3 0
BYU TD 6:09 Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters 1 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 3 7
SMU TD 2:16 Roderick Daniels Jr. 9 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 10 7
Second Quarter SMUBYU
BYU FG 3:34 Jake Oldroyd 31 yard field goal 10 10
Third Quarter SMUBYU
BYU TD 8:17 Ben Bywater 76 yard interception return for TD (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 10 17
BYU TD 1:22 Christopher Brooks 22 yard TD run (Jake Oldroyd Extra Point) 10 24
Fourth Quarter SMUBYU
SMU TD 12:39 Tyler Lavine 3 yard TD run (Collin Rogers Extra Point) 17 24
SMU TD 0:08 Jordan Kerley 12 yard TD pass from Tanner Mordecai (Tanner Mordecai 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 23 24
Team Stats
  SMU BYU
First downs 27 16
  Rushing 16 12
  Passing 10 2
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 10-18, 56% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 50-171 42-209
Passing Yards 218 47
Return Yards 36 101
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-37-1 7-12-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-26 1-9
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-28 5-52
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 27 37 218 2 1
BYU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Maiava-Peters 7 12 47 0 1
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Lavine 23 91 4.0 1
R. Daniels Jr. 10 59 5.9 0
C. Wheaton 10 37 3.7 0
A. Upshaw 2 2 1.0 0
T. Mordecai 5 -18 -3.6 0
BYU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Maiava-Peters 14 96 6.9 1
C. Brooks 19 88 4.6 1
H. Ropati 5 29 5.8 0
P. Kingston 1 2 2.0 0
C. Roberts 2 -4 -2.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Dixon 6 60 10.0 0
R. Daniels Jr. 6 54 9.0 1
J. Kerley 6 50 8.3 1
T. Lavine 4 25 6.3 0
A. Upshaw 2 18 9.0 0
R. Maryland 1 6 6.0 0
C. Campbell 1 4 4.0 0
C. Wheaton 1 1 1.0 0
BYU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Rex 1 27 27.0 0
B. Cosper 3 12 4.0 0
C. Roberts 1 6 6.0 0
H. Ropati 2 2 1.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Reid 1 6
BYU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Bywater 1 76
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bujcevski 4 170 42.5
BYU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Rehkow 4 235 58.8
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Daniels Jr. 2 30 15.0
BYU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
BYU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Nyberg 1 25 25.0
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
BYU Missed FG
Player Length




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