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Final score: BYU 24, SMU 23

Fourth quarter


SMU’s onside kick attempt goes out of bounds and the Cougars will hold on for the bowl win.


What to drive from SMU?

And then, what a play from Jacob Robinson.

Tanner Mordecai hit Jordan Curley for a 12-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left to make it a one-score game. That capped an 88-yard drive that took 14 plays and 2:53 off the clock.

SMU decided to go for the two points and the win, and after a couple of chess matches, Mordecai tried to score on a QB draw, but Robinson met the defender and cleared him at the goal line, preserving BYU’s lead. BYU 24, SMU 23.

4:58 am

BYU’s defense made a huge stop as SMU tried to convert on fourth-and-2 at the BYU 24. However, Alden Tofa pressured Tanner Mordecia and took a 15-yard sack when Mordecai fell to the ground while backpedaling.

Park gives BYU the ball back with tight field position and little time at this point.

12:39 p.m

It’s back to a one-possession game after Tyler LaVine scores on a 3-yard run. BYU 24, SMU 17.

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

SMU extended the drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass on third down where Kelvontae Dixon scampered off the sideline to bring the Mustangs into BYU territory.

Third quarter

1:21 a.m

Chris Brooks capped off an impressive drive with a 22-yard run on third-and-short to give the Cougars a two-point lead. BYU 24, SMU 10.

BYU went 82 yards on nine plays, keeping the ball on the ground, while Brooks had six carries on a 55-yard drive.

That gives the Cougars 196 yards in the game.

8:17 a.m

BYU’s Ben Bywater jumped on a screen pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cougars their biggest lead of the game. BYU 17, SMU 10.

It’s Bywater’s first pick of his BYU career and also the first in New Mexico Bowl history.

There was a big turnover after Sol-Jay Mayawa-Peters fumbled on BYU’s previous possession.

Second quarter

3:34 am

Sol-Jay Maiawa-Peters led another scoring drive, this time for a field goal as Jake Oldroyd hit a 31-yarder to tie the game. BYU 10, SMU 10.

The Cougars moved the ball 66 yards on 14 plays, the most electric of the drive, when Maiava-Peters made several moves and gained 12 yards on the ground on third-and-12 to keep the drive alive.

Chase Roberts failed to catch a low pass in the end zone on a third-and-4 before a field goal that would have given BYU the lead.

First quarter

2:16 a.m

SMU pulled away in front, driving 75 yards in 12 plays and scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to Roderick Daniels Jr. SMU 10, BYU 7.

SMU converted 3rd down attempts on the drive, including a touchdown.

6:09 a.m

Sol-Jay Maiawa-Peters’ first drive showed some promise as the freshman quarterback led BYU into the red zone and capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal. BYU 7, SMU 3.

Mayava-Peters showed off his athleticism by running a 40-yard route.

Could he start showing his arm tonight as well? The 11-play drive featured just one touchdown pass, though the Cougars’ rushing game was rocking.

12:01 p.m

SMU drove 57 yards in 11 plays and added the game’s first points on a 35-yard field goal. SMU 3, BYU 0.

Staff notes

Sol-Jay Mayawa-Peters will start in the BYU back line, while Puka Nakua is likely to sit out the game. Here are the details.

Pregame preparation

Here are some stories to prepare for BYU’s bowl game against SMU:


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