Nov. 13, 2004
By DOUG ALDEN
AP Sports Writer
The Lobos (6-4, 4-2 Mountain West) won their fourth straight and are eligible for a bowl with one game remaining.
New Mexico also won for the second straight time in Provo, a place the Lobos had struggled for three decades before ending a 14-game road losing streak against the Cougars two years ago.
BYU (5-4, 4-2) was driving to tie it when New Mexico's Gabriel Fulbright hit Antwuan Harris hard after a short completion and the ball bounced loose. Fashola pounced and came out with the ball when the pile cleared to clinch the game for the Lobos, who took advantage of some sloppy play by the Cougars.
Harris' fumble was the third turnover for BYU, which also allowed seven sacks. Matt Payne, normally the most reliable of the Cougars, missed three field goal attempts. His 12-yard trick pass to Riley Weber in the first quarter was the Cougars' only score until the fourth quarter, when they were already down 21-7 and running out of time.
Moore scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, capping a 15-play, 87-yard drive that took nearly 8 minutes and put the Lobos up 21-7 with 8:37 remaining.
BYU got within 21-14 on a 7-yard screen pass from John Beck to Fahu Tahi with 6 minutes to play.
The Lobos were able to take a few more minutes off the clock before punting and pinning the Cougars at their own 3 with 2:33 remaining. Beck got as far as the 44, despite having two passes dropped that hit his receivers' hands. But Harris' fumble killed the drive at the 46 with 42 seconds left.
Beck was 22-for-37 for 247 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
BYU took a 7-0 lead on a fake field goal late in the first quarter. Payne and the kicking team came out late, and the Lobos didn't realize Payne was the only player in the backfield. Payne took the snap and lofted a pass to Weber, who had quietly lined up just inside the sideline.
New Mexico came right back with a touchdown less than a minute later, helped by a personal foul on BYU and a 47-yard pass from McKamey to Baskett that set up Marcus Smith's 15-yard touchdown run.
The Lobos got the ball back three plays later when Fahu Tahi fumbled for BYU and Nick Speegle recovered for New Mexico at the BYU 36. Two plays later, McKamey hit Baskett at the back of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass that put New Mexico up 14-7.