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BYU football: Cougars' next 2 future bowl destinations unknown — at least to the public

Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 9:55 p.m. MST

Brigham Young Cougars defense stop Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars defense stop Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SAN FRANCISCO — For now, BYU’s bowl destinations for the next two seasons have not been announced.

While the Cougars are scheduled to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego in 2016 and 2018, BYU has not made public any bowl arrangements for 2014 or 2015.

“I know for next year’s game, we’re working on something new,” athletic director Tom Holmoe said this week. “I can’t say anything about it until it gets done.”

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said he’s not concerned about BYU’s postseason game for 2014.

“It’s already in the works. It’s not my place to announce it,” he said. “Tom has that. There’s no worry about if we’ll have one or where we’ll play or anything like that. It’s actually a really good situation. Tom will make that announcement whenever he sees fit.”

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) scores touchdown during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) scores touchdown during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

As an independent, the Cougars negotiate their own bowl deals.

Next year, the Bowl Championship Series goes away as college football transitions into a four-team playoff.

The Cougars are scheduled to play teams from the Mountain West Conference in the Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and 2018.

FINAL GAME FOR SENIORS: Friday marked the last game in a BYU uniform for the seniors — linebacker Tyler Beck, wide receiver JD Falslev, tight end Kaneakua Friel, wide receiver Cody Hoffman, defensive back Adam Hogan, defensive lineman Austin Holt, linebacker Austen Jorgensen, defensive back Scott Lefrandt, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, wide receiver Marcus Mathews, defensive back Blake Morgan, quarterback Jason Munns, wide receiver Skyler Ridley, defensive back Daniel Sorensen, placekicker Justin Sorensen, linebacker Uani Unga, offensive lineman Manaaki Vaitai, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and tight end Richard Wilson.

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman (2) has the ball striped form him by Washington Huskies defensive back Tre Watson (32) in the endzone during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Cody Hoffman (2) has the ball striped form him by Washington Huskies defensive back Tre Watson (32) in the endzone during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Senior linebacker Spencer Hadley did not play in the bowl game due to a knee injury.

This senior class leaves its mark on the record books.

Van Noy entered Friday’s game with 26 career sacks, which put him in a third-place tie overall at BYU, and No. 4 nationally among active players in career sacks.

Hoffman broke the all-time BYU records for career receiving yards (3,445), receptions (248) and touchdown receptions (33) during the regular season. In the first half Friday, Hoffman passed Austin Collie for career 100-yard receiving games.

INJURY UPDATE: BYU wide receiver Ross Apo did not play Friday due to a shoulder injury.

FLAG BEARERS: Former BYU linebacker Shay Muirbrook carried out the alumni flag Friday, along with Munns (team flag), and Logan Taele (special teams flag).

Brigham Young Cougars kicker Justin Sorensen (37) and Brigham Young Cougars punter Jordan Miller (88) walk off the field during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Washington Huskies won 31-16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars kicker Justin Sorensen (37) and Brigham Young Cougars punter Jordan Miller (88) walk off the field during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Washington Huskies won 31-16. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A FIRST FOR 2 FEMALE OFFICIALS: For the first time in history, two women worked a FBS bowl game Friday night at AT&T Park.

Sarah Thomas served as line judge on the 10-person crew while Maia Chaka was the head linesman.

“This is indeed a first, having two ladies work a major bowl game,” said Fight Hunger Bowl supervisor of officials, Mike Pereira. “Each crew member, during their work during the Conference USA season, has earned his or her way to this prestigious assignment.”

Thomas had previous FBS bowl experience, having officiated the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

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