Weber State and BYU haven’t met since LaVell Edwards was patrolling the sideline at BYU.
That changes next year as the Wildcats and Cougars line up Sept. 8, 2012, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Weber State AD Jerry Bovee has been working on a goal of playing either BYU, Utah or Utah State every year. With USU on the schedule in 2011, BYU in 2012 and both Utah and Utah State in 2013, the Wildcats are well on their way. See more on Bovee’s plan in Saturday’s Standard-Examiner sports section.
Here’s the official announcement from WSU:
PROVO, Utah – BYU and Weber State today announced the schools will meet in football on Sept. 8, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game marks just the third meeting between the two universities from the state of Utah.
“I was somewhat surprised to learn that BYU and Weber State have only meet twice in football,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “Coach McBride is an excellent football coach and has added a lot to the great tradition of college football in the state of Utah. We look forward to renewing this in-state rivalry.”
The Cougars have a 2-0 record in the series, having defeated the Wildcats 45-14 in the first meeting on Nov. 17, 1973, and 48-3 in the only other game on Sept. 15, 1979.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to play BYU,” said Weber State director of athletics Jerry Bovee. “It’s great for our program to play in-state schools and having BYU on the schedule will be exciting for our players and our fans. We look forward to developing a rivalry with BYU.”
BYU embarks on its first season as a football independent in 2011 with an eight-year exclusive broadcast agreement with ESPN. The Cougars earned 23 conference titles and appeared in 29 bowls as members of the Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences.
Weber State has been a member of the Big Sky conference since 1963. The Wildcats compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-AA.