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Monday, March 4, 2013

Brigham Young Cougars return to New England in 2014 to play Connecticut

The Brigham Young Cougars have announced a two-game, home-and-home scheduling agreement with the Connecticut Huskies. The series will be played in 2014 and 2015.


The 2014 game will be the first ever between the two schools. It will also be the season opener for both schools on August 28, 2014, in East Hartford, Connecticut.  On Halloween (October 31) in 2015, BYU will welcome the Huskies to Provo.

While BYU has never played the University of Connecticut, the Cougars have faced teams coached by the Huskies' head coach Paul Pasqualoni. In 2000 and 2002, BYU played Pasqualoni led Syracuse teams. The home team won each contest in convincing fashion.

The only time BYU played in New England was 2006 at Boston College. The Cougars lost a heart-breaking double overtime game, 30-23. It was the last time BYU lost that season.

Connecticut was the Big East's representative in the BCS following the 2010 season. They lost the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma. Since then, Connecticut has yet to have a winning record finishing 5-7 each of the past two years.

Although Connecticut has been playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision just 10 seasons, they have sent several players to the NFL. Fourteen UConn football players have been selected in the NFL Draft over the last six years, dating back to the 2007 NFL Draft. The highest draft choice during this stretch was running back Donald Brown. He was the Indianapolis Colts' first round choice in 2009; the same year the Colts drafted BYU wide receiver Austin Collie in the fourth round.

To read the complete press release from BYU, click here.

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