Date for ECU’s 2022 road trip to BYU. confirmed
The 2022 non-conference game in East Carolina at BYU is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, a spokesman for the ECU sports department confirmed over the weekend.
The Pirates are slated to play BYU in the 2022 season, as both schools originally announced a new two-game series in 2017. The new game date, however, was not previously confirmed after the Cougars used the original Oct. 15 date to host a home game with Arkansas on the same day.
The 2022 competition marks the third meeting between the two schools and the second trip from ECU to Provo. BYU’s scheduled return match to Greenville is currently scheduled for October 19, 2024.
BYU, an independent FBS program, is slated to play two street games based around the ECU game next fall. The Cougars will travel to Liberty on October 22nd, host East Carolina on 29th, and then face Boise State on the streets on November 5th. BYU also travels to USF (September 3), Oregon (September 17), and Stanford (November 26), while Baylor (September 10), Wyoming (September 24), Utah State (September 30), Arkansas (October 15) and Dixie State (November 19) were guests. The Cougars will also meet Notre Dame in Las Vegas on October 8th.
In addition to the BYU game, ECU will host three home games under the 2022 non-conference list in September: NC State (September 3rd), Old Dominion (September 10th) and Campbell. The Pirates League schedule for the 2022 season has yet to be officially revealed by The American.
BYU ended a season 10-3 in 2021 and a season 11-1 the year before in 2020. Head coach Kalani Sitake set a record of 48:29 in his six years at Provo. East Carolina went 7-5 that season under third-year head coach Mike Houston, marking the program’s first winning season in seven years (2014).
ECU and BYU first met in Provo in 2015, with the Cougars winning 45:38 in a shootout. It was the final year of the Ruffin McNeill era. Then-pirate quarterback Blake Kemp threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns, while Chris Hairston and James Summers each ran for a score in defeat. BYU scored the green touchdown on Algernon Brown’s 9-yard run with 19 seconds remaining.
ECU leveled the streak with one game apiece in 2017 when Scottie Montgomery recorded one of his biggest wins while in Greenville. Of these, Grayson collected 10 catches for 164 yards and the Pirate Defense limited a fighting BYU team to just 17 points and 102 yards in a 33-17 triumph.