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Graphic: The numbers show BYU struggles on the road in season openers

Published: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 5:26 p.m. MDT

Last year, a humiliating 19-16 setback at Virginia on a soggy day in Charlottesville snapped a six-game winning streak in season openers. (Mark A. Philbrick, BYU) Last year, a humiliating 19-16 setback at Virginia on a soggy day in Charlottesville snapped a six-game winning streak in season openers. (Mark A. Philbrick, BYU)

The BYU football team kicks its 2014 football season on the road against UConn on Friday. Since LaVell Edwards took over as coach in 1972, BYU is 26-16 in season openers, and current coach Bronco Mendenhall is 6-3 in his nine years as head coach.

Since 1972, BYU has a 11-10 record on the road in season openers, averaging only 20 points per game in those contests. Playing at home is another story, as they have a 13-5 record and average 30 points per game in Provo.

Last year, BYU opened on the road at Virginia, falling to the Cavaliers 19-16 in a rain-delayed game. That game proved to be a highlight for Virginia and a lowlight for BYU, as Virginia went 2-10 on the season, their only other win coming against the Virginia Military Institute.

UConn is 8-2 in season openers over the last 10 years, but fell 33-18 to Towson at home in last season’s home opener. UConn struggled to an 0-9 start before winning the last three games of the season.

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