(LAS VEGAS, NV) – The UNLV football program will resurrect its rivalry with BYU as well as renew a series with Central Michigan, Director of Athletics Jim Livengood announced Thursday.
The Rebels and Cougars, who played each other 18 times from 1978 to 2010 before BYU left the Mountain West to become independent, signed a two-year home-and-home deal. UNLV will travel to Provo on Nov. 15, 2014, and BYU will come to Las Vegas on Nov. 14, 2015 (please note that all future scheduling dates are tentative and subject to change).
The Cougars lead the all-time series 15-3 in games that were played when both programs were members of the MW and the WAC and originally when UNLV was an independent in the late-1970s. Five of the Rebels’ largest 15 home crowds in history have come in games vs. BYU, including a sellout in 2007.
Also signing a two-game home-and-home series, Central Michigan rounded out UNLV’s home schedule next season as the Chippewas will come to Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 28, 2013. The Rebels will return the game three years later on Sept. 17, 2016.
The programs have met three times with UNLV winning twice. The Rebels downed CMU 33-20 in Las Vegas in 1993 while the Chips prevailed 35-23 in Mount Pleasant in 1994. The teams faced each other again later that year as UNLV defeated the Mid-American Champions 52-24 in the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl. The Rebels have played six schools that are currently members of the MAC but this will be the first such meeting since UNLV defeated Toledo at Sam Boyd on Aug. 29, 2003.
“We’re excited to renew our series with BYU and we think those will be two terrific games for our fans,” Livengood said. “We are also very pleased to welcome Central Michigan back to our schedule for the first time in nearly two decades in a series that gets our name into the Midwest. I think both of these series help solidify our future schedules in nothing but positive ways.”
The announcement means head coach Bobby Hauck’s team will have three non-conference home games and seven games overall at Sam Boyd Stadium next fall. After the Rebels make their first-ever trip to the state of Minnesota to play the Gophers on Thursday, Aug. 29, UNLV opens its home schedule on Sept. 7 when Arizona comes to Las Vegas to play the Rebels. UNLV then hosts Western Illinois on Sept. 21 before CMU visits. The Rebels will also host four Mountain West opponents that are to be announced.
Courtesy UNLV Athletics/UNLVRebels.com