BYU football: Cougars overcome slow start against New Mexico State
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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