Virginia football agrees to two-year series with BYU

November 7, 2012

When the ACC decided to revert back to an eight-game conference football schedule last month, Virginia was one of several league schools that had a hole to fill in its 2013 nonconference schedule. The problem was officially solved Wednesday.

 Virginia announced it has agreed to a two-year series with BYU beginning next year, when the Cougars will come to Charlottesville to open the 2013 regular season on Aug. 31. The Cavaliers will face BYU on Sep. 20, 2014, in Provo, Utah.

 “We feel fortunate that we were able to schedule a series with BYU, a school with a strong football tradition, on such short notice,” Virginia executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver said in a statement. “Historically the games have been very competitive and we look forward to opening the season against them in 2013 in Scott Stadium.”

Virginia and BYU have faced each other three previous times in football, most recently when the Cougars beat the Cavaliers, 38-35, in 2000 in the first-ever overtime game in Virginia’s history. The year before, Virginia bested BYU, 45-40, in Provo, Utah. The Cougars, who maintain independent status in football, currently have a 5-4 record.

This latest matchup between the two schools means the Cavaliers’ 2013 schedule is now set. Virginia will travel to Penn State and face Ball State and VMI at Scott Stadium next year in addition to eight games against ACC competition.
Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.
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