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BYU Cougars football


BYU Cougars football

Brigham Young Cougars football
2015 BYU Cougars football team
First season 1922
Athletic director Tom Holmoe
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall
11th year, 82–33 (.713)
Other staff Robert Anae (OC)
Nick Howell (DC)
Home stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
Stadium capacity 63,470
Stadium surface Natural grass
Location Provo, Utah
Conference Independent (2011–present)
Past conferences
All-time record 484–369–26 (.565)
Postseason bowl record 13–18–1 (.422)
Claimed national titles 1 (1984)
Conference titles
Heisman winners Ty Detmer (1990)
Consensus All-Americans

Blue, Grey, and White

Fight song The Cougar Song
Mascot Cosmo the Cougar
Marching band The Power of the Wasatch

The BYU Cougars football team is the college football program representing Brigham Young University, a private university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and located in Provo, Utah, United States. The Cougars began collegiate football competition in 1922, and have won 23 conference titles and 1 national title. The team has competed in several different athletic conferences during its history, but since July 1, 2011, it has competed as an Independent. The team plays home games at the 63,470-person-capacity LaVell Edwards Stadium on the university's campus.


  • History 1
    • The early years 1.1
    • LaVell Edwards era (1972-2000) 1.2
    • 2001-present 1.3
  • Record book 2
    • Bowl Games 2.1
    • Top 25 Finishes 2.2
    • Record by Coach 2.3
    • Season-by-Season Record 2.4
  • Awards 3
  • Uniforms 4
  • Alumni 5
  • Rivalries 6
  • Future schedules 7
    • 2016 7.1
    • 2017 7.2
    • 2018 7.3
    • 2019 7.4
    • 2020 7.5
    • 2021 7.6
    • 2022 7.7
    • 2023 7.8
    • 2025 7.9
    • 2026 7.10
    • 2027 7.11
    • Additional Information 7.12
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The early years

The school's first football team won the regional championship in 1896.

BYU traces its football roots back to the late 19th century. Benjamin Cluff became the third principal of Brigham Young Academy (the precursor to BYU) in 1892 (the school was converted into a university in 1903) and was influenced by his collegiate studies at the University of Michigan to bring athletic competition to Brigham Young. The first BYA football team in 1896 played the University of Utah (winning 12-0), the Elks, the Crescents, the YMCA of Salt Lake City, the Wheel Club of Denver, and Westminster College; and it ultimately won the championship.[1] In its second year of competition, the BYA football team won the championship too, but as a result of an accidental football-related death in Utah in 1900, football was banned from all LDS Church schools until 1919.[2]

After a twenty-year ban on football, the sport was brought back to BYU on an intramural basis in 1919, and intercollegiate games were resumed in 1920 under coach Alvin Twitchell.[3] BYU was admitted to the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1921 and had its first winning year in 1929 under the helm of coach G. Ott Romney, who BYU recruited from Montana State University the year before.[4] Romney and his successor Eddie Kimball ushered in a new era in Cougar football in which the team went 65–51–12 between 1928–1942. In 1932, the Cougars posted an 8–1 record and outscored their opponents 188-50, which remains one of the school's finest seasons on record. The university did not field a team from 1943–1945 due to World War II, and in 1949 suffered its only winless season, going 0–11.

The team began to rebuild in the mid-1950s, recruiting University of Rhode Island head coach Hal Kopp to lead the Cougars, whom achieved back-to-back winning seasons in 1957 and 1958, led by southpaw quarterback Jared Stephens and nose tackle Gavin Anae. In 1961, Eldon "The Phantom" Fortie became the school's first All-American, and in 1962, BYU moved to the Western Athletic Conference. In 1964, Cougar Stadium was built, which included a capacity of 30,000, and in 1965, head coach Tommy Hudspeth led the Cougars to their first conference championship with a record of 6-4.

LaVell Edwards era (1972-2000)

In 1972, assistant coach LaVell Edwards was promoted to head coach replacing Kopp. Edwards and his staff installed a drop-back passing game considered to be an early implementation of the West Coast offense, resulting in Cougar Pete Van Valkenburg as the nation's leading rusher for that year. The following year the Cougars struggled to a 5-6 finish, but this would be Edwards' only losing season during his run as BYU coach over the next three decades. In fact, the Cougars won the conference championship every year except one from 1974-1985, including the national championship in 1984. However, the Cougars lost their first four bowl games. Their first post-season win came in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, which has become known as the "Miracle Bowl" since BYU was trailing SMU 45-25 with four minutes left in the game and then came back to win.[5] BYU would win its 1981, 1983 and 1984 bowl games as well; and it earned the nickname "Quarterback U" for consistently producing All-American quarterbacks, which included Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young. During this period, Young finished second for the Heisman Trophy in 1983 and McMahon finished third for the trophy in 1981.

In 1984, BYU reached the pinnacle of college football when it won the national championship. The undefeated Cougars (12-0-0) opened the season with a 20-14 victory over Pitt, ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time and finished with a victory over the Michigan Wolverines (6-5-0). BYU defeated Michigan 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl, marking the only time a national champion played in a bowl game before New Year's Day. Coupled with the 11 consecutive wins to close out the 1983 season, BYU concluded the 1984 championship on a 24-game winning streak. Some college football pundits argued that BYU had not played a legitimate schedule and thus should not be recognized as national champion. Nonetheless, at the end of the season, BYU was crowned as national champion after being a near-unanimous number one in all four NCAA sanctioned polls AP, Coaches, NFF and FWAA.

In 1985, quarterback Robbie Bosco finished third in the Heisman balloting; in 1986, defensive lineman Jason Buck became the first BYU player ever to win the Outland Trophy; and in 1989, offensive lineman Mo Elewonibi also won the Outland Trophy. In 1990, the Cougars achieved their first victory over a top-ranked team when they defeated the #1 Miami Hurricanes early in the season, and the season culminated with quarterback Ty Detmer becoming BYU's first and only Heisman Trophy winner. In 1996, BYU won the first ever WAC Championship Game in Las Vegas and earned a bid to play in the Cotton Bowl against Kansas State of the newly formed Big 12 Conference, making it BYU's first ever New Year's Day bowl game, which they won 19-15. BYU finished ranked No. 5 in both the Coaches and AP polls, and became the first team in NCAA history to win 14 games in a season.[6]

In 1999, BYU left the WAC along with seven other teams to form the Mountain West Conference, with the Cougars winning a share of the inaugural MWC championship. Just prior to the 2000 season, Edwards announced that it would be his final year as the program's head coach, and prior to Edwards' final home game, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that Cougar Stadium would be renamed "LaVell Edwards Stadium".[7] Edwards was carried off the field following the season closer against the Utes.


Fans storming the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2009 after #19 BYU beat #21 Utah 26-23 in overtime
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman making a catch at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon in a 2011 game against Oregon State, which the Cougars won 38-28

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Gary Crowton was hired to replace Edwards. His first season was successful, earning a 12-2 record and running back Luke Staley earning the Doak Walker Award, but the Cougars posted losing records the following three seasons and received negative publicity for infractions of the university's honor code.[8][9] Crowton resigned on December 1, 2004.

Bronco Mendenhall, who had been brought into the program a year earlier as defensive coordinator, was named the next BYU head football coach. BYU returned to post-season play under Mendenhall's leadership and has competed in a bowl game each year of his tenure. During his tenure, Mendenhall has earned the 7th best winning percentage of all active coaches (.733). The Cougars' 2006 win over the Pac-10 Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl (38-8) was BYU's largest bowl margin of victory in school history and BYU's first bowl win since the Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year's Day 1997, ten years earlier. The Cougars finished the year 11-2 (8-0 in conference), and ranked 15th in the nation, their first top-20 ranking since 2001. The 2009 season for BYU began against 3rd ranked Oklahoma at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, winning 14-13. The Cougars would go on to finish 11-2 overall and 7-1 in MWC play, losing only to conference champion TCU in October in a game preceded by the first-ever visit to Provo by ESPN College GameDay.

On September 1, 2010, BYU announced it would begin competition as a football independent starting in the 2011 season, following years of frustration with the lack of TV coverage and poor football competition in the Mountain West Conference. BYU later entered into an 8-year contract with ESPN in which 11 games would be broadcast on one of the ESPN networks and BYU would retain the rights to utilize its on-campus broadcasting facilities and nationally syndicated station. The Cougars were reportedly invited to the Big East for all sports during this period, and in February 2011, CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award Ben Cahoon joined the coaching staff as the wide receivers coach.[10]

In 2011, BYU changed quarterbacks mid-season from sophomore Jake Heaps to junior Riley Nelson, and in 2012 three different quarterbacks were utilized at different points in the season. During the 2012 offseason, graduated defensive end Ziggy Ansah was drafted as the #5 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, tied for the highest draft BYU alumnus with Jim McMahon '82.[11] For the 2013 BYU football season, the Cougars were slated to compete against four pre-season-ranked teams.

In January 2015, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which had previously announced that from 2017 forward all members had to play at least one non-conference game each season against a "Power 5" team (i.e., a school in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or SEC, plus Notre Dame, an FBS independent but otherwise an ACC member), announced that games against BYU would also count toward the "Power 5" requirement. The move was seen as improving BYU's scheduling opportunities, and as an indicator of the program's strength; at the time of the announcement, the Cougars were coming off their 10th consecutive bowl appearance.[12] Two months later, it was reported that the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which had announced a similar "Power 5" scheduling requirement from 2016 forward, would also count games against BYU and the other remaining FBS independent, Army, for this purpose. In the case of the SEC, this change in policy was driven more by the trend of "Power 5" leagues requiring nine conference games. At the time of the report, the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 either had nine-game conference schedules or were introducing them in the near future. The ACC has an eight-game schedule, but also has a scheduling alliance with Notre Dame that has five ACC members playing the Fighting Irish each season. Additionally, three SEC teams had a total of five games scheduled with BYU from 2015 to 2020.[13] In July 2015, the Big Ten announced that games against BYU would count toward the conference's "Power 5" scheduling requirement that takes effect in 2016.[14]

Record book

BYU has had 18 final season rankings in the Top 25. The team has made 33 Bowl appearances with a record of 13–19–1. They have played in the Holiday Bowl (4–6–1), the Cotton Bowl Classic (1 –win0), the Las Vegas Bowl (3–2), the Copper Bowl (1–0), the Tangerine/Citrus Bowl (0–2), the Freedom Bowl (1–1), the Liberty Bowl (0–2), the Aloha Bowl (0–1), the Fiesta Bowl (0–1), the Motor City Bowl (0–1), the All-American Bowl (0–1), the New Mexico Bowl (1–0), the Armed Forces Bowl (1–0), the Poinsettia Bowl (1–0), Fight Hunger Bowl (0–1), and the Miami Beach Bowl (0–1).

Bowl Games

Date Bowl W/L Score
December 28, 1974 Fiesta Bowl L BYU 6 Oklahoma State 16
December 18, 1976 Tangerine Bowl L #17 BYU 21 #14 Oklahoma State 49
December 22, 1978 Holiday Bowl L BYU 16 Navy 23
December 21, 1979 Holiday Bowl L #9 BYU 37 Indiana 38
December 19, 1980 Holiday Bowl W #14 BYU 46 #19 SMU 45
December 18, 1981 Holiday Bowl W #12 BYU 38 #18 Washington State 36
December 17, 1982 Holiday Bowl L BYU 17 #16 Ohio State 47
December 23, 1983 Holiday Bowl W #9 BYU 21 Missouri 17
December 21, 1984 Holiday Bowl W #1 BYU 24 Michigan 17
December 28, 1985 Citrus Bowl L #9 BYU 7 #17 Ohio State 10
December 30, 1986 Freedom Bowl L BYU 10 #15 UCLA 31
December 22, 1987 All-American Bowl L BYU 16 Virginia 22
December 29, 1988 Freedom Bowl W BYU 20 #20 Colorado 17
December 29, 1989 Holiday Bowl L #16 BYU 39 #18 Penn State 50
December 29, 1990 Holiday Bowl L #9 BYU 14 #19 Texas A&M 65
December 30, 1991 Holiday Bowl T BYU 13 #7 Iowa 13
December 25, 1992 Aloha Bowl L #23 BYU 20 Kansas 23
December 30, 1993 Holiday Bowl L BYU 21 #10 Ohio State 28
December 29, 1994 Copper Bowl W #19 BYU 31 Oklahoma 6
January 1, 1997 Cotton Bowl Classic W #5 BYU 19 #14 Kansas State 15
December 31, 1998 Liberty Bowl L BYU 27 #10 Tulane 41
December 27, 1999 Motor City Bowl L #25 BYU 3 #11 Marshall 21
December 31, 2001 Liberty Bowl L #17 BYU 10 #22 Louisville 28
December 22, 2005 Las Vegas Bowl L BYU 28 California 35
December 21, 2006 Las Vegas Bowl W #19 BYU 38 Oregon 8
December 22, 2007 Las Vegas Bowl W #17 BYU 17 UCLA 16
December 21, 2008 Las Vegas Bowl L #16 BYU 21 Arizona 31
December 22, 2009 Las Vegas Bowl W #14 BYU 44 #16 Oregon State 20
December 18, 2010 New Mexico Bowl W BYU 52 UTEP 24
December 30, 2011 Armed Forces Bowl W BYU 24 Tulsa 21
December 20, 2012 Poinsettia Bowl W BYU 23 San Diego State 6
December 27, 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl L BYU 16 Washington 31
December 22, 2014 Miami Beach Bowl L BYU 48 (2 OT) Memphis 55 (2 OT)
Total 33 bowl games 13–19–1 787 905

Top 25 Finishes

Season Overall Record AP Ranking Coaches Ranking BCS Ranking
1976 9-2 20 16 did not exist
1979 11-1 13 12 did not exist
1980 12-1 12 11 did not exist
1981 11-2 13 11 did not exist
1983 11-1 7 7 did not exist
1984 13-0 1 1 did not exist
1985 11-3 16 17 did not exist
1989 10-3 22 18 did not exist
1990 10-3 22 17 did not exist
1991 8-3-2 23 23 did not exist
1994 10-3 18 10 did not exist
1996 14-1 5 5 did not exist
2001 12-2 25 24 unranked
2006 11-2 16 15 20
2007 11-2 14 14 17
2008 10-3 25 21 16
2009 11-2 12 12 14
2011 10-3 unranked 25 unranked

Record by Coach

Name Seasons Record PCT
Alvin Twitchell 1922-24 5-13-1 .289
C. J. Hart 1925-27 6-12-2 .350
G. Ott Romney 1928-36 42-31-5 .571
Floyd Millet 1942 2-5-0 .286
Eddie Kimball 1937-41, 46-48 34-32-8 .514
Chick Atkinson 1949-55 18-49-3 .279
Hal Kopp 1956-58 13-14-3 .483
Tally Stevens 1959-60 6-15-0 .286
Hal Mitchell 1961-63 8-22-0 .267
Tommy Hudspeth 1964-71 39-42-1 .482
LaVell Edwards 1972–2000 257-101-3 .716
Gary Crowton 2001-04 26-23-0 .531
Bronco Mendenhall 2005–present 94-41-0 .694

Season-by-Season Record

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Rocky Mountain Conference (1922–1938)
1922 Alvin Twitchell 1-5 1-5 8th
1923 Alvin Twitchell 2-5 1-5 T-7th
1924 Alvin Twitchell 2-3-1 1-3-1
1925 C.J. Hart 3-3 3-3 T-6th
1926 C.J. Hart 1-5-1 1-4-1 9th
1927 C.J. Hart 2-4-1 2-4 7th
1928 G. Ott Romney 3-3-1 1-3-1 10th
1929 G. Ott Romney 5-3 4-2 4th
1930 G. Ott Romney 5-2-4 4-1-1 3rd
1931 G. Ott Romney 4-4 2-3 7th
1932 G. Ott Romney 8-1 5-1 2nd
1933 G. Ott Romney 5-4 5-3 5th
1934 G. Ott Romney 4-5 3-5 7th
1935 G. Ott Romney 4-4 3-4 T-6th
1936 G. Ott Romney 4-5 4-4 6th
1937 Eddie Kimball 6-3 5-2 T-2nd
1938 Eddie Kimball 4-3-1 3-2-1 2nd
RMC Totals: 63-62-9 (.504) 48-54-5 (.472)
Mountain States/Skyline Conference (1939–1961)
1939 Eddie Kimball 5-2-2 2-2-2 4th
1940 Eddie Kimball 2-4-2 2-3-1 4th
1941 Eddie Kimball 4-3-2 3-1-2 2nd
1942 Floyd Millet 2-5 1-4 T-6th
1946 Eddie Kimball 5-4-1 3-2-1 4th
1947 Eddie Kimball 3-7 1-5 7th
1948 Eddie Kimball 5-6 1-3 5th
1949 Chick Atkinson 0-11 0-5 6th
1950 Chick Atkinson 4-5-1 1-3-1 5th
1951 Chick Atkinson 6-3-1 2-3-1 5th
1952 Chick Atkinson 4-6 3-4 5th
1953 Chick Atkinson 2-7-1 1-5-1 T-7th
1954 Chick Atkinson 1-8 1-6 8th
1955 Chick Atkinson 1-9 0-7 8th
1956 Hal Kopp 2-7-1 1-5-1 7th
1957 Hal Kopp 5-3-2 5-1-1 2nd
1959 Hal Kopp 6-4 5-2 3rd
1959 Tally Stevens 3-7 2-5 T-5th
1960 Tally Stevens 3-8 2-5 5th
1961 Hal Mitchel 2-8 2-4 T-5th
MSC/SC Totals: 65-117-13 (.367) 38-75-11 (.351)
Western Athletic Conference (1962–1998)
1962 Hal Mitchel 4-6 2-2 T-2nd
1963 Hal Mitchel 2-8 0-4 5th
1964 Tommy Hudspeth 3-6-1 0-4 5th
1965 Tommy Hudspeth 6-4 4-1 1st
1966 Tommy Hudspeth 8-2 3-2 T-2nd
1967 Tommy Hudspeth 6-4 3-2 3rd
1968 Tommy Hudspeth 2-8 1-5 7th
1969 Tommy Hudspeth 6-4 4-3 3rd
1970 Tommy Hudspeth 3-8 1-6 T-7th
1971 Tommy Hudspeth 5-6 3-4 4th
1972 LaVell Edwards 7-4 5-2 T-2nd
1973 LaVell Edwards 5-6 3-4 4th
1974 LaVell Edwards 7-4-1 6-0-1 1st L Fiesta
1975 LaVell Edwards 6-5 4-3 T-4th
1976 LaVell Edwards 9-3 6-1 1st L Tangerine
1977 LaVell Edwards 9-2 6-1 T-1st 16 20
1978 LaVell Edwards 9-4 5-1 1st L Holiday
1979 LaVell Edwards 11-1 7-0 1st L Holiday 12 13
1980 LaVell Edwards 12-1 6-1 1st W Holiday 11 12
1981 LaVell Edwards 11-2 7-1 1st W Holiday 11 13
1982 LaVell Edwards 8-4 7-1 1st L Holiday
1983 LaVell Edwards 11-1 7-0 1st W Holiday 7 7
1984 LaVell Edwards 13-0 8-0 1st W Holiday 1 1
1985 LaVell Edwards 11-3 7-1 1st L Citrus 17 16
1986 LaVell Edwards 8-5 6-2 2nd L Freedom
1987 LaVell Edwards 9-4 7-1 2nd L All-American
1988 LaVell Edwards 9-4 5-3 T-3rd W Freedom
1989 LaVell Edwards 10-3 7-1 1st L Holiday 18 22
1990 LaVell Edwards 10-3 7-1 1st L Holiday 17 22
1991 LaVell Edwards 8-3-2 7-0-1 1st T Holiday 23 23
1992 LaVell Edwards 8-5 6-2 T-1st L Aloha
1993 LaVell Edwards 6-6 6-2 T-1st L Holiday
1994 LaVell Edwards 10-3 6-2 T-2nd W Copper 10 18
1995 LaVell Edwards 7-4 6-2 T-1st
1996 LaVell Edwards 14-1 10-0 T-1st W Cotton 5 5
1997 LaVell Edwards 6-5 4-4 5th
1998 LaVell Edwards 9-5 7-2 2nd L Liberty
WAC Totals: 288-147-4 (.661) 189-71-2 (.725)
Mountain West Conference (1999–2010)
1999 LaVell Edwards 8-4 5-2 T-1st L Motor City
2000 LaVell Edwards 6-6 4-3 T-3rd
2001 Gary Crowton 12-2 7-0 1st L Liberty 24 25
2002 Gary Crowton 5-7 2-5 7th
2003 Gary Crowton 4-8 3-4 3rd
2004 Gary Crowton 5-6 4-3 3rd
2005 Bronco Mendenhall 6-6 5-3 T-2nd L Las Vegas
2006 Bronco Mendenhall 11-2 8-0 1st W Las Vegas 15 16
2007 Bronco Mendenhall 11-2 8-0 1st W Las Vegas 14 14
2008 Bronco Mendenhall 10-3 6-2 3rd L Las Vegas 21 25
2009 Bronco Mendenhall 11-2 7-1 2nd W Las Vegas 12 12
2010 Bronco Mendenhall 7-6 5-3 T-3rd W New Mexico
MWC Totals: 96-54 (.640) 64-26 (.711)
Independent (2011–present)
2011 Bronco Mendenhall 10-3 n/a W Armed Forces 25
2012 Bronco Mendenhall 8-5 n/a W Poinsettia
2013 Bronco Mendenhall 8-5 n/a L Fight Hunger Bowl
2014 Bronco Mendenhall 8–5 n/a L Miami Beach Bowl
2015 Bronco Mendenhall
Independent Totals: 28-15 (.651) n/a
Total: 526-388-26 (.573)
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


Team awards for the BYU Cougars include 23 conference titles and one national championship in 1984. For player awards, BYU has produced 51 All-Americans (13 Consensus All-Americans),[15] and one Heisman Trophy winner (Ty Detmer in 1990). Other BYU players finishing in the top ten in Heisman voting include Gary Sheide (8th in 1974), Gifford Nielsen (6th in 1976), Marc Wilson (3rd in 1979), Jim McMahon (5th in 1980, 3rd in 1981), Steve Young (2nd in 1983), Robbie Bosco (3rd in 1984 and 1985), and Ty Detmer (9th in 1989, Winner in 1990, 3rd in 1991). Detmer also won the Maxwell Award (best football player) in 1990.

Four BYU players have won the Davey O'Brien Award (best quarterback)—Jim McMahon, Steve Young, and Ty Detmer twice—more than any other school; and seven players have won the Sammy Baugh Trophy (best passer): Steve Sarkisian (1996), Gary Sheide (1974), Marc Wilson (1979), Jim McMahon (1981), Steve Young (1983), Robbie Bosco (1984), and Ty Detmer (1991). Luke Staley won the Doak Walker Award (best running back) and Jim Brown Trophy (best running back) in 2001. Two players earned the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman): Jason Buck (1986) and Moe Elewonibi (1989).

For coaching, LaVell Edwards received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 1979,[16] the AFCA (Kodak) Coach of the Year Award in 1984, and the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (career achievement) in 2003.

Six player have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (Gifford Nielsen in 1994, Marc Wilson in 1996, Jim McMahon in 1999, Steve Young in 2001, Gordon Hudson in 2009, and Ty Detmer in 2011) and LaVell Edwards was inducted as a coach in 2004.


From the 1970s to 1999—a period coinciding with the some of the school's best and most prominent football seasons—BYU school colors were royal blue and white. The football team generally wore royal blue jerseys and white pants at home, and white jerseys and royal blue pants on the road.

In 1999, Coach Edwards' penultimate year, the school colors switched to dark blue, white, and tan, and the football helmets switched from white to dark blue. The block 'Y' remained on the sides of the helmet but received a new, more current treatment. The home uniforms consisted of dark blue jerseys with white "bib" and dark blue pants, and the away uniforms consisted of white jerseys with white pants. These new uniforms were disliked by both the conservative fans in Provo and the NCAA, who required the team to remove the white bib on the front of the blue home jersey in 2000 (NCAA rules require that a team's jersey have a single dominant color). The home jersey thereafter was modified with blue replacing the white on the bib area.

These uniforms lasted until 2004, when a uniform new style incorporating New York Jets-style shoulder stripes was introduced (the helmets remained the same). The new uniforms were worn in a "mix-and-match" strategy—e.g., the home blue jerseys were worn with either blue or white pants and the white away jerseys were worn with either blue or white pants. This uniform incarnation lasted for only one season.

Ultimately, the traditional design with the white helmet and former logo was re-introduced for the 2005 season. While the uniforms were also changed to be similar to the 1980s uniforms, the darker blue remained instead of the former royal blue, but all tan highlights were eliminated. This change was done at the insistence of new head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who wanted to return the team to the successful traditions of the 1980s. Normally, it takes a minimum of 1–2 years to create, design and approve a uniform change. When Nike, the team's uniform supplier, said that they could not possibly make the change in just five months, former head coach and BYU legend LaVell Edwards made a call to Nike and asked them to help the new Cougar coach. Edwards had worked with Nike on several occasions since his retirement, and with the legendary coach's weight behind the request, BYU was able to take the field in 2005 in new, traditional uniforms.[17] One slight change in the uniform came in the 2007 season, when a small traditional 'Y' logo was added to the bottom of the collar. In 2009 BYU used a "throwback" jersey paying tribute to the 25-year anniversary of the 1984 National Championship. they were the same design as the current jerseys but royal blue instead of navy blue. They were introduced against rival University of Utah and again in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon St. BYU also introduced new "black-out" jerseys in the 2012 season, debuting at home, also against Oregon St.


As of 2008, 146 BYU Cougars football players have gone on to play professional football. Team alumni have competed in 48 NFL Super Bowls,[18] including Super Bowl MVP Steve Young and two-time Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon.


BYU's football program has two historic rivalries: one with the Utah Utes in a game referred to as "The Holy War", and another with the Utah State Aggies in a game referred to as the "Old Wagon Wheel". An emerging rivalry resulting from recent and anticipated future consecutive competition is Boise State, who BYU plays every year from now until 2023.

Future schedules


Date Opponent Site Result
September 3 vs. Arizona University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ    
September 10 at Utah Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT    
September 17 UCLA[19] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 24 vs. West Virginia[20] FedExFieldLandover, MD    
September 30 Toledo[21] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 8 at Michigan State[22] Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI    
October 15 Mississippi State[23] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 22 at Boise State[24] Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID    
November 5 at Cincinnati[25] Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH    
November 12 Southern Utah LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 19 UMass[26] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 26 Utah State[27] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 2 vs. LSU NRG StadiumHouston, TX    
September 9 Utah LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 16 Wisconsin LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 29 at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT    
October 7 Boise State[24] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 14 at Mississippi State[23] Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS    
October 21 at East Carolina[28] Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC    
October 28 San Jose State LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 4 at Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA    
November 11 at UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumHenderson, NV    
November 18 UMass[26] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 25 at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 1 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ    
September 8 Cal LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 15 at Wisconsin[29] Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI    
September 29 at Washington[30] Husky StadiumSeattle, WA    
October 5 Utah State LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 20 at Boise State[24] Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID    
October 27 Northern Illinois LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 10 at UMass[26] Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA    
November 17 Hawaii LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 24 at Utah Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 7 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA    
September 14 USC LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 21 Washington[30] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 28 at Toledo[21] Glass BowlToledo, OH    
October 4 at Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT    
October 12 Boise State[24] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 23 at UMass[26] Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA    
TBD at Washington State[31] Martin StadiumPullman, WA    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 12 Michigan State[22] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 19 at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ    
October 2 Utah State LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 17 at Boise State[24] Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID    
October 27 at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDekalb, IL    
November 7 Missouri LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 28 at Stanford[32] Stanford StadiumStanford, CA    
TBD Virginia LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 4 vs. Arizona Las Vegas, NV    
September 18 Arizona State LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
September 25 at USF Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL    
October 9 Boise State[24] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 27 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 23 USF LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 8 at Boise State[24] Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID    
November 26 at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 2 Stanford LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
October 14 Boise State[24] LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
November 25 at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 13 UCLA LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 12 Arizona LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 11 at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ    
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Additional Information

BYU and Notre Dame announced an additional four games to be played between 2014–2020 in both Provo and South Bend.[33] A home-and-home series with Louisiana Tech scheduled for 2011–2012 will be delayed to a future date.[34]

See also


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  34. ^ "Louisiana Tech Finalizes 2011 Non-Conference Football Schedule". Louisiana Tech Press Release. February 21, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 

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