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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars make another scheduling announcement

The Brigham Young Cougars continue to plug holes in future schedules. BYU made its fourth scheduling announcement this month today by announcing a two-game series with the UNLV Rebels. These games will be played in 2014 and 2015.


Both years the schools will meet in November. UNLV will travel to Provo and play on November 15, 2014, exactly two years from today. BYU will return to Las Vegas on November 14, 2015. BYU has a 3-0 record against UNLV in the month of November.  

Additionally, the Cougars have never lost to the Rebels in Las Vegas.

When BYU goes to Las Vegas in 2015, it will be the first time in six years that BYU played in Sam Boyd Stadium. Between 2005 and 2009, BYU played in that venue eight times (five Las Vegas Bowl appearances, three games against UNLV). BYU also played in Sam Boyd Stadium twice (1996 and 1998) for the WAC Championship game. 

BYU and UNLV have played each other 18 times. The Cougars hold an overwhelming 15-3 advantage in the series. The last 13 meetings have been as conference foes in either the Mountain West Conference or the Western Athletic Conference. Although BYU and UNLV were both members of the WAC in 1996, the game was not considered a conference game. The two schools had contracted the game before UNLV was invited to join the WAC beginning in 1996.

Of UNLV’s three wins, their first was also the biggest. BYU had won a school record 17 consecutive games when the two schools met in 1981. UNLV won in a shootout, 45-41.

BYU has won the last six meetings in this series and scored over 50 points in four of those wins.

The first ever meeting between the two schools was a monumental game in program history. It was BYU’s first international game. The game was played in Yokohama, Japan, on December 2, 1978. BYU trailed 10-0 in this game, but quarterback Marc Wilson came off the bench and threw three touchdowns to put BYU in a position to win in the fourth quarter. Trailing 24-21, BYU kicked a field goal to tie the score, but UNLV roughed the kicker. With a new set of downs, BYU went for the lead and the win. The Cougars got both with a 7-yard Casey Wingard touchdown run.

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