The BYU Cougars started slowly but recovered to take a 20-7 lead at halftime over the New Mexico State Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Cougars moved the ball well on their opening drive, but kicker Justin Sorenson missed a 39-yard field goal. The Aggies took their ensuing drive 78 yards, culminating in an 8-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Manley to Perris Scroggins.

BYU answered back behind the leadership of senior quarterback James Lark, who got his first career start in place of Riley Nelson. Lark led the Cougars to 20 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Lark completed 21-of-25 passes in the first half for 184 yards and three touchdowns, two to receiver Cody Hoffman.

Sorenson also missed an extra point after BYU's first touchdown.

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