Brigham Young Cougars to play Houston Cougars in 2013 and 2014

The Brigham Young Cougars have announced that they will play the Houston Cougars. The two game home-and-home series will be played October 19, 2013 in Houston, and September 27, 2014, in Provo, Utah.

The full press release can be viewed here.

The 2013 game will mark the first meeting between the two schools, unless they play this year in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Although the two teams have never met on the field, they have been connected in college football history.

In 1989, Houston quarterback Andre Ware (4,699 yards) broke BYU legend Jim McMahon’s NCAA record for most passing yards in a season (4,571). Hot on Ware’s tail, however, was BYU quarterback Ty Detmer (4,560). The following year Detmer broke Ware’s one year old record with 5,188 yards. Hot on Detmer’s tail was Ware’s replacement at Houston David Klingler (5,140).

Ware won the Heisman Trophy in 1989, and Detmer won it the next year. Both were juniors.

In the mid-1990s, both teams were spurned by the Big XII. Houston was abandoned by four Southwest Conference members. Reports indicate that BYU was preferred over Baylor, however, Texas politics got in the way.

More recently, BYU and Houston made a lot of noise as potential BCS busters early in the 2009 season by beating teams ranked in the top 5 from Oklahoma. BYU beat #3 Oklahoma 14-13 in week one, and Houston beat #5 Oklahoma State 45-35 in week two.

One small correction to the press release is that BYU has played two games in Houston. BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe is quoted as saying, “Our football team has never played in Houston.” Obviously, he meant BYU has never played against Houston. BYU went down to Houston to play Rice University in 1997, and the 1979 game against Texas A&M was played in Houston due to incomplete construction at Kyle Field in College Station. Regardless, it has been a long time.

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