As BYU’s football team continues its journey as an independent, it’s no surprise the team will get the chance to travel to places it has never been before. BYU and UConn both announced that the Cougars will travel to Rentschler Field in Storrs, Conn., in 2014 and the Huskies to LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2015.
UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said he was looking forward to the series with BYU because of the Cougars’ “long tradition of football excellence with prominent players that are known around the country.” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said the series will bring a challenge to both teams and looks forward to competing against the Huskies.
“Everyone in college football knows about the proud heritage of BYU football,” said UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni.
Though only in his third season as head coach of the the Huskies, Pasqualoni has coached nine teams to bowl games throughout his career. Mendenhall boasts similar numbers during his time at BYU, taking the Cougars to bowl games in each of his eight seasons in Provo, earning six bowl game wins. The Huskies went 5-7 overall in the 2012 season and 2-5 in Big East conference play while, in their first season as an independent team, BYU went 8-5.
On Monday, March 4, the Cougars started their spring training and look forward to a season filled with exciting opponents, including a home game against the University of Texas Longhorns and the national championship contenders, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Cougars play in Storrs, Conn., on Aug. 28, 2014, and the Huskies make the return trip to Provo on Oct. 31, 2015.