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BYU football: Cougars overcome slow start against New Mexico State

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 2:22 p.m. MDT

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) 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.

Brigham Young's Jamaal Williams runs with the ball against New Mexico State during 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) Brigham Young's Jamaal Williams runs with the ball against New Mexico State during 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)

"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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