Freshman Lopini Katoa had 19 carries for 155 yards rushing and four touchdowns, all season highs, and the BYU defense forced six three-and-outs to help the Cougars beat New Mexico State 45-10 on Saturday night and become bowl eligible.

BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) reacts after taking down the New Mexico State quarterback during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)
BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) reacts after taking down the New Mexico State quarterback during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)

Katoa came in with 57 carries for 268 yards and four touchdowns in 10 career games. Matt Hadley added two rushing touchdowns, including a 40-yarder midway through the second quarter that gave BYU (6-5) the lead for good at 14-7.

New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins (14) slides as BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) jumps to down him during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)
New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins (14) slides as BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) jumps to down him during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)

Each team went three-and-out on its first possession and then Josh Adkins hit Drew Dan for a 17-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play, 85-yard drive and give New Mexico State (3-8) a 7-0 lead. The Aggies offense, however, began to sputter with four three-and-outs, two interceptions and a missed 47-yard field-goal attempt on its next seven possessions. Katoa scored on runs of 15 and 13 yards in the second quarter before Skyler Southam’s 23-yard field goal as time expired made it 31-7 at halftime.

New Mexico State defensive back Shamad Lomax (22) breaks up a pass intended for BYU tight end Dallin Holker (32) in the end zone during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)
New Mexico State defensive back Shamad Lomax (22) breaks up a pass intended for BYU tight end Dallin Holker (32) in the end zone during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Provo, Utah. (Isaac Hale/Daily Herald via AP)

Adkins was 25-of-61 passing for 264 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

Source: The Associated Press

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