No. 3 Brigham Young Steamrolls over New Mexico

BYU (6-1) defeated the University of New Mexico Lobos (2-4) with a score of 27-2 Friday night in Provo. It was both teams' first conference game of the 2012 season.

The Cougars last played in Southern California followed by a bye week in which the team took time to treat injuries and perfect strategies, said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck.

"We had the opportunity to insert some ideas over the last couple weeks," Schneck said. "We switched the lines around a little bit, and it was really great to get back out and start putting these ideas into a game situation."

The Cougars took an early lead with a score of 3-0 with just over six minutes remaining in the first quarter. New Mexico also scored once in the first, but would not score again until the fourth quarter.

Seniors Ted Ferrin and Andrew Harding both led the Cougars in scoring, with nine and eight points, respectively. Ferrin had five goals and four assists while Harding had three goals and five assists.

BYU took more than 10 times the amount of shot opportunities than that of UNM, resulting in 13 members of BYU's offensive line contributing to the final 27 2 score. New Mexico junior Sam Williams scored both of the UNM goals, assisted once by sophomore Bryan Baker.

UNM Head Coach Andrew Goldston said in its third year back in the [MCLA], New Mexico is working hard to get an organized team together.

"We're working on getting up to the level of competition we have been playing," Goldston said. "It's a good learning experience, and I appreciate being able to come out and play [BYU]. Hopefully we can do it again next year."

Goldston said his team is going to work on getting their defense on lock as well as maintaining the ball and getting shots off when on offense.

Schneck said overall he was pleased with the result of BYU's weeks of hard practice and implementation of new strategy, and that the team is looking forward to traveling to Minnesota in the coming week to play three games against talented teams.

BYU will face the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State University-Mankato over a four-day span in Minnesota this coming week.

2012-03-12



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