Although senior quarterback James Lark was playing in his last regular season game, it was his very first start; but you wouldn’t have guessed as much just watching the game. Lark threw for 384 yards on 34 of 50 passing (68% completion rate), with 6 TDs in the Cougars 50-14 rout of the New Mexico State Aggies.
Five of the 6 TD passes went to Cody Hoffman, who was also having a career day with 12 catches for 182 yards. Among those touchdowns was a 64 yard bomb, the longest TD pass this season for BYU, and the longest of Hoffman's career at BYU.
The BYU offense actually got off to a slow start, coming away with no points in the 1st quarter after missing a field goal at the end of their first drive of the game. The Aggies also failed to strike in the first quarter, but put the first points on the board in the 2nd quarter. BYU would answer back, but missed the extra point, leaving the Aggies up 7-6. But BYU would finish every drive of the quarter in the end zone to take a 20-7 lead into halftime. The offense continued to move the ball and score points in the second half, including a 31 TD pass and the already mentioned 64 yarder, both by Hoffman.
The defense also came up with some big plays. The Cougar D sacked New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley 5 times, including three back-to-back-to-back. Two of the back-to-back sacks were by Kyle Van Noy, who penetrated the backfield for a total of 3 sacks.
With the season finale all wrapped up, BYU awaits the news on who their bowl opponent will be. An overall great finish to the regular season, this win should help BYU go into their bowl game with confidence.
PLAY OF THE GAME: James Lark to Cody Hoffman for a 64 yard touchdown on the first play of the drive with 9:09 to play in the 4th quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Cody Hoffman – 12 receptions, 182 yards, 5 TDs.
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