Saturday, December 18, 2010

BYU Continues Historical Beatdown of UTEP

New Mexico Bowl
The BYU Cougars have now won 25 of their last 26 meetings against UTEP, as the Cougars raced out to a 31-10 lead at the half to bury UTEP 52-24 in the first bowl game of the season. BYU finishes the season at 7-6, UTEP at 6-7. There is also some speculation that this could have been Mike Price's final game as HC at UTEP.
Jake Heaps passed for 264 yards and 4 TDs, and the Cougars offense paced the day, and basically did anything they wanted to do all day long, as JJ DiLuigi, Joshua Quezeda, and Bryan Kariya all rushed for TDs. Luigi rushed for 98 yards and Quezeda added another 97.
Cody Hoffman was Heap's favorite target as he grabbed 8 catches for 137 yards and 3 of Heap's TDs.
The Cougar defense held the Miners to -12 yards rushing on the day, and Miner QB Trevor Vittatoe tossed 3 picks on the day. He did manage to toss all 3 of UTEP's TDs on the day. Donald Buckram, who was a bust due to injury all season, was held to 10 yards on 6 carries. Star WR Kris Adams had only 3 catches all day for the MIners, but they all went for TDs.
This was the first meeting between the former WAC opponents in 12 years.

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