BYU football announces games with Ole Miss, Dixie State | BYU Football

BYU today announced agreements for future soccer games with the SEC’s University of Mississippi and FCS opponent Dixie State University.

Ole Miss and BYU have agreed on a home-and-home series in which the Rebels visit LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on September 16, 2028 and the Cougars travel to Oxford, Mississippi, on September 8, 2029.

BYU and Ole Miss have met only once before, and the Cougars took a narrow 14:13 win on the road in the 2011 opener at Vaught Hemingway Stadium. The matchup that marked BYU’s first game as an independent game in football was a defensive bout highlighted by BYU All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy who scored the winning goal in a strip-sack touchdown in the fourth quarter.

As a founding member of the SEC, Ole Miss has won three national championships (1959, 1960, 1962) and six conference titles, while ranking 43rd in college football history with 647 wins in 1893, ranking 38 bowl games by BYU ranks number 21 for most appearances in college football history. Ole Miss .649’s post-season profit share is number 4 all-time. The Rebel Program features 12 consensus All-Americans and 22 drafts for the first round among its total of 246 NFL drafts.

BYU will host Dixie State in the first soccer game between the two state programs on November 16, 2024. The Trailblazers, currently one of three independent FCS players in football, are due to participate in all of the other DSU sports of the Western Athletic Conference following the league’s recent decision to sponsor FCS football. Located in St. George, Utah, Dixie State officially began transitioning to NCAA Division I status last July, with all sports except soccer joining the WAC.

BYU reached its highest final score since 1996 with a # 11 national finish in 2020. The Cougars hit an 11-1 record as the only team in the country to score both a top 10 offensive and a top 10 offensive . With seven College Football Hall of Fame members, 80 All-America Award winners, 143 NFL draft picks, and 38 bowl appearances, including winning the 1984 national championship, the Cougars have a long history of football dating back to 1922 goes back. In the last 50 years this season, BYU ranks 8th among the victories of all FBS programs with 425 wins.

Start times and broadcast schedules for the announced games will be set at a later date.

Cougars introduce two new helmet designs

As part of a uniform brand initiative to strengthen the player and fan experience, BYU Football will be adding both a royal and a navy blue helmet to its existing uniform range again in the 2021 season.

The two new helmets combine the well-known brand of the program with their historical uniform traditions and offer the Cougars 26 uniform combinations that reflect the strong BYU football brand and at the same time improve the experience for current players, recruits, alumni and fans.

The specific game debut of the two new helmets as well as the uniform combination for each game will be announced during the season.

“It was exciting to see how the players reacted when we unveiled these new helmets that are part of their future but based on our proud past,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake. “BYU’s football tradition was built through decades of success by those who wore the Cougar uniform. Our players, former players and the Cougar Nation appreciate this great tradition of BYU football. We want the helmet and various uniform combinations to honor those who have built the program and inspired those who will continue it? “

In 1964, BYU head coach Tommy Hudspeth, assistant coach LaVell Edwards and future NFL quarterback Virgil Carter made their debut wearing a royal football helmet. The following year, BYU defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and others to win the 1965 WAC championship – the first conference football title in school history.

In 1969, to mark the centenary of college football, the Cougars reverted to a white, double-stripe design helmet that had been used during the 1956 season. The white helmet with the blue stripes and the Y logo, now widely considered a classic BYU look, remained the primary helmet for the next three decades during the Edwards era until a dark blue helmet was introduced in 1999.

In collaboration with Nike, BYU introduced the naval helmet in 1999 along with new logos, colors and uniforms. The Navy jersey and helmet have not been used at BYU since the 1950s. The dark blue helmet was once again part of the traditional history of cougar football, which also included the last season of the Hall of Fame career of coach Edwards in 2000. In the same season, the current BYU head coach Kalani Sitake ended his career as a player. While other standout Cougar players like Doak Walker Award winner Luke Staley, future NFL quarterbacks Brandon Doman and John Beck, and many other great players have donned the blue helmet, they have expanded the legacy of BYU football.

In 2005, under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, the Cougars returned to the white helmet with the traditional-style jersey popular throughout much of the Edwards era. All three colors of helmets now in use by BYU – white, royal, and navy – were in use during Edwards’ 1962 tenure in Provo.

Last season, BYU football introduced another chapter in its unified history by requiring players to choose kit combinations for each game. This resulted in 10 different looks in a season in which the Cougars finished 11-1 in 11th place – the highest final score for a BYU soccer team in 24 years.

“Involving our student athletes in deciding which uniforms to wear last season not only increased their participation on the team, but also increased their sense of responsibility for their program,” said Billy Nixon of BYU Equipment. “It was fun for the players to see how.” The creative process resulted in an improved experience for both the team and the fans. Your involvement in this process helped us develop additional uniform combinations and strengthen the spirit of oneness throughout the program. “

The two new helmet designs and unified branding initiatives were developed under the direction of Coach Sitake by a committee composed of Nixon, Assistant Sports Director David Almodova, Football Operations Director Jon Swift, and Creative Services Director Dave Broberg.

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or [email protected] Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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