UConn And BYU Set For Home And Home Beginning In 2014

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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut and Brigham Young University will play a two-game non-conference football series in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. UConn and BYU will meet on August 28, 2014 at Rentschler Field and then on October 31, 2015 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.

BYU has played in 31 bowl games since 1974 and won a national championship in 1984. Now independent in football, the Cougars have claimed 23 conference titles and earned 18 national top-25 finishes, including four top-10 finishes. BYU has posted a record of 74-29 since 2005 under current head coach Bronco Mendenhall, which ranks No. 12 nationally in total victories. The Cougars have gone to eight straight bowl games under Mendenhall and are one of only seven programs to achieve six bowl wins in the past eight seasons.
“We are very excited to bring another nationally prominent opponent to Rentschler Field,” said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “BYU has a long tradition of football excellence with prominent players that are known around the country. With Michigan playing at UConn in 2013 and Tennessee in 2015, we feel that we have a very strong non-conference schedule for the next several years and plan on continuing that practice.
“I also think UConn fans will enjoy making the trip to Provo in 2015. Our loyal followers have established a tradition of travelling well to national non-conference contests and I think this will happen again when we go to BYU.”
BYU was founded in 1875 and played its first season of intercollegiate football in 1922. Since Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards first took over the program 40 years ago, the Cougars rank fifth among all FBS programs in total wins with 357 victories and have appeared in 31 bowl games. BYU won the 1984 national championship and boasts seven College Football Hall of Fame members and 15 winners of major national awards, including the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien Award, Sammy Baugh Trophy, Outland Trophy and Doak Walker Award. Under current coach Bronco Mendenhall, the Cougars have achieved a 74-29 (.718) record in eight seasons to rank No. 12 in total wins and are one of only seven schools to win a bowl game during six of the past eight years.
“The series with BYU is a great opportunity and challenge for our football program,” said UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni. “A strong non-conference schedule puts our team on the national stage and also prepares the team for league play. Everyone in college football knows about the proud heritage of BYU football.”
“We are grateful to UConn for the opportunity to play this home-and-home series and look forward to the games,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “The Huskies have played great football as an FBS member, winning league titles and earning numerous bowl invitations. Scheduling this game in the Northeast gives our fans traveling to the game opportunities to visit places they may not have been before. We are also excited to welcome UConn to Provo for its first-ever visit to LaVell Edwards Stadium.”
“We are excited to add another quality opponent in UConn to our upcoming schedules,” Mendenhall said. “Coach Pasqualoni does a great job with his teams, so we know it will be a challenging series. We look forward to the opportunity to play the Huskies and expect the games will be great for our teams and our fans.”

Gametimes and television coverage for the two games will be announced at a future date.

The following is a complete summary of future non-conference games under contract for UConn football:
2013: August 29, Towson; September 14, Maryland; September 21, Michigan; September 28, at Buffalo.
2014: August 28, BYU; September 6, Stony Brook.
2015: September 5, Villanova; September 26, Tennessee; October 31, at BYU.
2106: September 3, at Tennessee; September 17, Virginia.
2017: September 16, at Virginia.

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36 thoughts on “UConn And BYU Set For Home And Home Beginning In 2014

  1. jack54

    Excellent !! EXCELLENT !!! It’s what we want. A variety of 2 game match-ups against national opponents. Just knock off the every year game with Buffalo.

  2. Ryan

    good addition to the schedule for sure. Wonder if there will be more with BYU in future…..they would be a huge get if UConn and company did some sort of super conference merger with some Mountain West/Conf USA schools. As of now though looks like BYU wants to stick with the Notre Dame model and stay independent.

  3. Frank M

    ok, we have at least a piece of our non-conference schedule figured out up to 2017. But where is the complete 2013 schedule? In past years I recall picking up a schedule at signing day. What is the delay? How can UConn expect to sell season tickets when it doesn’t yet have a schedule? What is the mystery? Are they planning to hit us with a bunch of Tuesday and Wednesday night games?

    1. Tony

      Frank, you keep posting about not having a schedule yet and how you had one by signing day in past years. Well a simple internet search will prove you wrong. Last year’s schedule was not released until March 27th. Who Uconn is playing next year is already out, but like in recent years, the exact dates will not be out until mid to late March. Calm down… they will come, in time.

    2. Tony

      and the dates of the games are determined by the Big East, or whatever it will be called… Not by Uconn.

  4. Adam

    Very solid home and home. Looking forward to BYU coming here and going out to Utah in 2015!

  5. Navin R. Johnson

    Nicely done WM. my bet will be that the 2014 home game will be a Friday night ESPN game.

    One down three to go.

    1. Steve

      It’s scheduled for August 28th which is a Thursday, but I think it being an early season Thursday would get it on national tv.

      1. TheJerk

        2 games down, 2 to go. Read the whole article before you comment next time. They also have stoney brook on the schedule for next year.

  6. Thedrifter75

    UConn hires a new AD cuz the last one was taking trips to VI and not getting it done in scheduling and realignment and the new guy in less than a week gets BYU, great job! … Hmm, what? It’s the same AD? He’s competent? Oh, well great job anyway!

  7. RST

    The O-line and one of those six QB’s must start showing something if UConn is going to start the season with a game like that.

  8. Frankie/Stamford

    Dez, a great job by AD Manuel for setting this up. Also is it true that UConn, Cincy and USF may split between 75-100 million as a payout for the BE brand name. I believe I read it online by CBS Sports? Can you verify if this is true?

  9. Artie A...

    Wow what a difference a day makes…People here were getting ready to tar and feather Warde saying he is doing nothing and now he walks on water!

    Give him some space boys, he spent his playing days at the M. I have to believe he has a good grip on what we have to get done. It stinks but it ain’t gonna happen over night.

    Let us also not forget he is trying to do the same for 21 other sports. Many of those players disappointed about the schedule they were recruited to play and now facing something less.

  10. Frank

    DC my man, I am really excited about this series. I think what I love the most is that we will definitely get two games out of this. The bigger program won’t back out of the deal, hopefully. We get them at the Rent and will finally head west. Not too shabby. Great job WM!

  11. Eric

    The rule should be two BCS type programs for everyone one mid major… Good first step… I feel that BYU will be joining someone soon since they are going to find scheduling a national schedule harder and harder.

  12. Jesse

    Dez,

    I love this as a series, could help us out west and get us some National exposure.

    Jesse

  13. Andy

    Thanks for reporting the facts Desmond. This is great news and establishes a good measuring stick for Warde Manuel’s ability to balance a schedule for the future of the UConn football program. I look forward to seeing the rest of the schedules fill up. :-)

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