PROVO — BYU will open the 2011 season on the road against a Southeastern Conference opponent.
BYU and Ole Miss announced Friday afternoon that the two schools will meet at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 3, 2011.
Originally, the Cougars were scheduled to open the season at Oregon State, but that game was moved back to October. Meanwhile, the Rebels were supposed to open their season at home against Boise State. But when Mississippi and Boise State moved their contest to the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, it created a hole in the Ole Miss schedule.
"Both schools needed a game and it turned out to be a good opportunity," said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. "We knew it would be a challenge to fill the 2011 football schedule after announcing we were going independent just a few months ago. We are fortunate to schedule a quality SEC opponent with a long, storied tradition like Ole Miss."
This will mark the first meeting in football between BYU and Ole Miss.
Additional details including broadcast plans, game time and ticket information will be released later.
The Cougars now have 11 games scheduled for 2011 - along with games at Texas, at Oregon State, at Hawaii and Louisiana Tech. BYU is scheduled to play Utah, Central Florida, Utah State, New Mexico State, Idaho and San Jose State at home.