Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
The in-state football rivalry between BYU and Utah State just got a little longer and potentially a little more exciting. The two schools jointly announced a reworking of their previous scheduling agreement on Friday morning, extending the series into 2016 as well as moving around dates and venues for future meetings.
Under the new agreement, the Aggies and Cougars will play on a home and home basis beginning with the game at Romney Stadium this October. In 2014, the two teams will meet again at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday, Oct. 3.
Beginning in 2015, the games move from the first Friday in October to the final Saturday in November. The Cougars will come to Logan on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, and the Aggies will return the visit with a date in Provo on Nov. 26, 2016.
Under the previous agreement, the two schools were scheduled to meet in October 2015 in Provo and had no game scheduled in 2016.
The new schedule looks to be a victory for both sides. BYU gets stability in the November portion of its future schedule and a needed home game in 2016. The Cougars are loaded with games away from home in 2016, with scheduled road dates at Utah, Boise State and Cincinnati and neutral games against Arizona (in Glendale, Ariz.) and West Virginia (in Landover, Md.).
“I appreciate the working relationship I have with Scott Barnes at Utah State,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “We needed to make some adjustments to our 2014 and 2015 football schedules and in the process were able to add an additional game to the series.”
For the Aggies, it puts the two schools on an even home-and-home basis, something that Barnes and former USU head coach Gary Andersen had begun campaigning for as early as last fall.
“This is an important scheduling adjustment because it begins a home and home series, which has been our goal, and fills a hole in our home schedule in 2015,” said Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes. “We are excited to keep this historic in-state rivalry going, and I appreciate working with BYU Athletics Director Tom Holmoe to get this done now.”
The two schools have met a total of 82 times since BYU played its first-ever intercollegiate football game against Utah State in 1922 and is the second most played game for each school. The Cougars lead the all-time series 45-34-3 and won the last matchup on Oct. 5, 2012, 6-3 in Provo last season.
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