by CFP Staff
December 18, 2010
The New Mexico Bowl kicked off the bowl season with a 52-24 rout by BYU over UTEP in a battle of teams that were barely bowl eligible at 6-6.
UTEP gets the undesirable distinction of becoming the first bowl team in 2010 to finish the year with a losing record at 6-7. The Miners closed their season with six losses in their last seven games and recorded their 5th straight bowl defeat. UTEP hasn't won a bowl game since 1967.
Meanwhile, the Cougars chalked up their fourth victory in their last five bowl trips, improving their overall postseason record to 11-17-1. BYU is 4-2 in bowl games since Bronco Mendenhall became head coach in 2005.
Jake Heaps threw 4 TD passes for the Cougars who won 5 of their last 6 games. The only loss in that stretch was a 1-point setback at rival Utah in the final game of the regular season.
BYU improved its record against UTEP to 29-7-1, and 26-2 in the last 28 meetings dating back to 1970. The teams had not met since since 1998 when each institution was a member of the WAC. BYU won 26 of those 30 conference games.
Brigham Young rolled up over 500 yards on offense and limited the Miners to 233, including a net of negative 12 yards rushing.
UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe threw 3 TD passes of 37 yards or longer to Kris Adams, but also threw 3 picks and was sacked 4 times.
BYU running backs Joshua Quezada and JJ Di Luigi rushed for more than 90 yards each, and both recorded a touchdown.