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Hall throws three TDs as BYU extends winning streak

Oct 12, 2008 - 5:02 AM PROVO, Utah (Ticker) -- Max Hall threw three touchdown passes Saturday as eighth-ranked Brigham Young overcame its lowest scoring output of the season to defeat Mountain West Conference rival New Mexico, 21-3.

Hall completed 22-of-34 passes for 258 yards to pace BYU (6-0, 2-0 MWC) to its 16th consecutive win - the longest active streak in the country.

It certainly was not an easy day for the Cougars, who were held scoreless in the opening quarter for the first time this season and faced a 3-0 deficit on James Aho's 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

"I was happy the way (we) responded," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "In the second half, they responded in the way they needed to to win the football game."

BYU, which entered averaging 41.2 points per game, finally got on the scoreboard when Hall found Andrew George for a 1-yard TD with 6:34 remaining in the first half.

"We're definitely not used to that kind of halftime score," said BYU running back Harvey Unga, who finished with 95 yards rushing. "But we were up, and we couldn't let that go out of focus."

The 7-3 halftime lead turned out to be the only margin BYU's defense needed, as the Cougars limited the Lobos (3-4, 1-2) to 285 yards from scrimmage while forcing two turnovers.

The Cougars made it 14-3 with six minutes left in the third quarter when Hall hooked up with George again, this time for an 11-yard score.

Hall's favorite target was Austin Collie, who hauled in nine receptions for 154 yards. The duo connected for an 8-yard scoring strike with 3:11 remaining to provide the final margin.

"Austin has some key catches during that drive," Hall said.

Rodney Ferguson rushed for 86 yards on 24 carries for the Lobos, who have lost their last four meetings with the Cougars.

New Mexico appeared to close within 14-10 on Bryant Williams' 14-yard TD reception midway through the fourth quarter.

But the play was nullified by a block in the back penalty, and the Lobos turned the ball over on downs by throwing a pair of incompletions on their next two plays.

"I don't know if we would have won or lost, but an obvious blown call changed the entire momentum of the game," New Mexico coach Rocky Long said. "It is criminal that they changed the momentum like that. It should have been a hell of a game right to the end, and an official took it away from us."








  • CORRECTION
    NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW MEXICO 0 3 0 0 3
    BYU (9) 0 7 7 7 21 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: NEW MEXICO - FG, JAMES AHO 27 YD, 3:20. NEW
    MEXICO 3-0
    BYU - TD, ANDREW GEORGE 1 YD PASS FROM
    MAX HALL (MITCH PAYNE KICK),
    8:26. BYU 7-3
    3RD QUARTER: BYU

    Oct 11 8:45 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BYU
    AUSTIN COLLIE 8 YD PASS FROM MAX HALL
    (JOHN PACE KICK)
    NEW MEXICO 3
    BYU (9) 21 3:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    New Mexico 3, BYU(9) 21  4th - 3:05Oct 11 8:34 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW MEXICO 0 3 0 3
    BYU (9) 0 7 7 14 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: NEW MEXICO - FG, JAMES AHO 27 YD, 3:20. NEW
    MEXICO 3-0
    BYU - TD, ANDREW GEORGE 1 YD PASS FROM
    MAX HALL (MITCH PAYNE KICK),
    8:26. BYU 7-3
    3RD QUARTER: BYU - TD

    Oct 11 8:04 PM
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    New Mexico 3, BYU(9) 14  3rd - 6:08Oct 11 7:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BYU
    ANDREW GEORGE 11 YD PASS FROM MAX HALL
    (MITCH PAYNE KICK)
    NEW MEXICO 3
    BYU (9) 14 6:08 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    New Mexico 3, BYU(9) 14  3rd - 6:08Oct 11 7:51 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW MEXICO 0 3 3
    BYU (9) 0 7 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: NEW MEXICO - FG, JAMES AHO 27 YD, 3:20. NEW
    MEXICO 3-0
    BYU - TD, ANDREW GEORGE 1 YD PASS FROM
    MAX HALL (MITCH PAYNE KICK),
    8:26. BYU 7-3

    Oct 11 7:12 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BYU
    ANDREW GEORGE 1 YD PASS FROM MAX HALL
    (MITCH PAYNE KICK)
    NEW MEXICO 3
    BYU (9) 7 6:34 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    New Mexico 3, BYU(9) 7  2nd - 6:34Oct 11 6:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NEW MEXICO
    JAMES AHO 27 YD
    NEW MEXICO 3
    BYU (9) 0 11:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    New Mexico 3, BYU(9) 0  2nd - 11:40Oct 11 6:42 PM


  • NCAAF
    NEW MEXICO 0
    BYU (9) 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Oct 11 6:35 PM
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    New Mexico vs. BYU(9)Oct 11 10:27 AM
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    New Mexico vs. BYU(9)Oct 9 10:10 PM