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BYU football: ESPN2 to air Cougars' home opener vs. Longhorns

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 4:20 a.m. MDT

Texas' Cody Johnson (11) tries to avoid BYU defender Travis Uale (23) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Texas' Cody Johnson (11) tries to avoid BYU defender Travis Uale (23) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

PROVO — ESPN and BYU officials announced Tuesday morning that the Cougars' 2013 home opener against Texas on Sept. 7 will be televised on ESPN2 in a 5 p.m. MT kickoff from LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Available in nearly 100 million homes, ESPN2 will carry the BYU-Texas game in an East Coast prime-time matchup. BYU ranks No. 5 in total wins (357) since 1972 when Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards took over the program, while Big 12 power Texas is No. 7 in overall victories (349) in the same time frame.

One of seven teams that participated in a 2012 bowl game on the Cougars' 2013 schedule, Texas will face off with BYU for the fourth time in series history. The Longhorns edged the Cougars, 17-16, in the last meeting in Austin in 2011 after BYU won the first two matchups with a 22-17 win in Austin in 1987 and a 47-6 triumph in Provo in 1988.

Texas' Cody Johnson, center, scores against BYU during the fourth quarter on an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay, AP) Texas' Cody Johnson, center, scores against BYU during the fourth quarter on an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay, AP)

BYU also announced its home game against Idaho State on Nov. 16 will start at 1 p.m. MT and will be televised on BYUtv.

BYU last played Texas during 2011, game the Cougars lost 17-16 in Austin. A full photo gallery from that game can be found above, and here is the full game report from 2011, written by the Deseret News' Jeff Call.

2013 BYU Football Schedule
OpponentDayDateTimeNetwork
@ VirginiaSaturdayAug. 311:30 p.m. MTESPNU
TexasSaturdaySept. 75 p.m. MTESPN2
UtahSaturdaySept. 21TBATBA
Middle TennesseeFridaySept. 27TBATBA
@ Utah StateFridayOct. 46 p.m. MTCBS Sports
Georgia TechSaturdayOct. 12TBATBA
@ HoustonSaturdayOct. 19TBATBA
Boise StateFridayOct. 256:00 p.m. MTESPN
@ WisconsinSaturdayNov. 9TBATBA
Idaho StateSaturdayNov. 161 p.m. MTBYUtv
@ Notre DameSaturdayNov. 231:30 p.m. MTNBC
@ NevadaSaturdayNov. 301 p.m. MTCBS Sports

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