BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae seems befuddled by New Mexico's 3-3-5 blitzing schemes for most of the evening. Still, QB Max Hall (18 of 40 for 254 yards), RB Manase Tonga, TE Dennis Pitta and WR Austin Collie make plays when necessary.
A host of dropped passes by New Mexico aids BYU all night, but the Cougars nonetheless answer a lot of questions about their defense. The Cougs hold heralded New Mexico sophomore QB Donovan Porterie to just 222 yards passing, and they intercept him twice.
Cougar fans must be thinking, "Finally!" For one night, the Cougars get the job done on special teams. Punter C.J. Santiago seems to be improving with every game, and kicker Mitch Payne drills a huge field goal, albeit from only 23 yards. The only real letdown are Brian Smith kickoffs that go out of bounds.
Though the performance was good but not great, getting a win against the Lobos is huge for BYU's MWC title hopes. The Cougs play well enough as a team and don't make mistakes to get their first road win of 2007.