BYU football: Cougars overcome slow start against New Mexico State

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24 2012 7:45 p.m. MST

Brigham Young quarterback James Lark, right, looks ahead to a receiver while rolling out of the pocket against New Mexico State in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Las Cruces, N.M. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Robin Zielinski)

Robin Zielinski , AP

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall wasn't surprised by his team's sluggish start Saturday against New Mexico State.

The Cougars trailed 7-0 in the second quarter against the one-win Aggies, who rank near the bottom nationally in several statistical categories. The Cougars led just 23-14 late in the third quarter.

BYU was coming off a disappointing loss at San Jose State a week ago, had to travel, and worked practice plans around Thanksgiving.

"A lot of unique circumstances to play this game," Mendenhall said. "We knew we were playing against a team that was struggling … and we just came off a difficult loss. So a lot of different things to overcome, but a lot of good lessons to learn. I thought our team handled it well."

While the Cougars were happy to bounce back and get the bad taste out of their mouths after falling 20-14 at San Jose State, linebacker Kyle Van Noy said the past is in the past.

"We're not even looking back at that game," he said. "This game was a game to get better and I think we showed it."

BYU gained 520 yards of total offense and limited the Aggies to only 187.

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