BYU (7-5, Independent) vs. SMU (7-5, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 17, 2:15 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Albuquerque, New Mexico
BYU: QB Jaren Hall. Has thrown for 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns with six interceptions. Also has run for three scores.
SMU: WR Rashee Rice. Has 96 catches for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 112.9 yards receiving per game leads the Bowl Subdivision ranks.
BYU: The Cougars closed the regular season with three straight wins to become bowl eligible after a four-game losing streak through October.
SMU: The Mustangs' last two bowl bids resulted in games that weren't played. SMU was unable to play in the Frisco Bowl in 2020 due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, while Fenway Bowl opponent Virginia was unable to play last year's game due to COVID-19 cases on its roster.
BYU 19, SMU 16, OT (Sept. 27, 1997)
BYU: Second appearance in the New Mexico Bowl, fifth straight postseason appearance and 40th overall.
SMU: First appearance in the New Mexico Bowl, fourth straight season with a bowl invitation and 20th overall.
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