Doman and Walsh hooked up twice for touchdowns in the first half in this see-saw affair. Then, with the score tied at 14, Doman gave BYU the upper hand for the first time with a fumble recovery in the end zone. The PAT was blocked, so the Cougars went into the half with a 20-14 lead.
BYU was able to extend the lead to 10 in the third quarter, but by the end of that quarter New Mexico had retaken the lead, 31-27.
Eric Drage and Doman were on their way to 100-yard receiving games (124 for Drage, 111 for Doman), but it was a big catch by a third receiver that got the win for the Cougars.
The Nowatzke touchdown gave BYU a 34-31 fourth quarter lead, but the game was far from over.
The BYU defense didn't have one of its better games allowing 480 yards, but they made big stops when the game was on the line. With 8:11 to play, New Mexico had moved to the BYU 13-yard line. That is when linebacker Nathan Hall sacked the New Mexico quarterback and forced a fumble in the process that defensive lineman Randy Brock recovered.
It appeared New Mexico would get the last turnover laugh. BYU lost the ball on a fumble of its own with 2:04 to play. Trailing by three, and needing to drive only half the field for a touchdown, New Mexico was in prime position to pull of the upset, or at least get a moral victory with a tie.
The Lobos would have to settle for the moral victory as the BYU defense forced a 4th and 10 at the 23-yard line with one minute to play. The field goal attempt missed, but just barely. Many fans in the stands thought it was good, and started celebrating only to have their spirits crushed when the referees signaled it was wide left.
Walsh finished the game 24 of 38 for 384 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Cougars were without the services of running back Kalin Hall (ankle), and after just two carries lost Jamal Willis to an ankle injury. Hema Heimuli filled in well totaling 70 yards on 13 carries (5.4 ypc) and scored one touchdown.
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