BYU 35, New Mexico 0
PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Jamal Willis rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns to lead Brigham Young to an 35-0 Western Athletic Conference victory over New Mexico on Saturday.
Willis scored on runs of 19, 24 and 71 yards as BYU (6-4 overall, 4-2 in the WAC) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead. The Cougars’ other touchdowns came on a 47-yard pass from Ryan Hancock to Terence Saluone and a 13-yard Hancock-to- Otis Sterling pass.
New Mexico dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in league play.
Hancock was 16-of-23 with two interceptions for 256 yards before being replaced early in the final quarter by Tom Young, the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young.
BYU completely dominated the first half, outgaining the Lobos 414 yards to 143 yards. BYU finished with 521 yards to New Mexico’s 313.
New Mexico got into BYU territory just twice in the first half, threatening once after Tuli Mateialona intercepted a Hancock pass and returned the ball to the BYU 31.
The Lobos twice got to the BYU 8 in the fourth quarter, only to lose the ball on downs both times.
BYU had long drives en route to four of its five scores. The Cougars moved 73, 90 and 88 yards, then had a one-play, 47-yard drive which resulted in a score nine seconds after Derik Stevenson partially blocked a Mike Nesbitt punt in the second quarter. Sterling’s third quarter touchdown capped a 66-yard march.