Despite playing with a fractured rib, BYU's true freshman quarterback was sensational, completing 25-of-34 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. He's the first freshman QB ever to start a bowl game for the Cougars and he was named the New Mexico Bowl's Most Outstanding Player.
Leading 17-3 after the first quarter, Heaps threw a 31-yard touchdown strike to freshman Cody Hoffman to give BYU a commanding 24-3 advantage early in the second quarter -- and the rout was on.
By the numbers
The Cougars converted 9-of-13 on third-down attempts while holding UTEP to just 3-of-12. BYU's offense held the ball for 38:16 compared to 21:44 for the Miners. The Cougars limited UTEP to minus-12 yards rushing.
"Starting 1-4 was the best thing that ever happened to this program."
* BYU senior Andrew Rich. The Cougars finished 6-2 in their final eight games.
The 2011 season-opener in Sept. 3, 2011 at Mississippi. It will be the Cougars' first game as an independent.
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