Football: WVU to Face BYU in DC in 2016


Football
By Tony Wyllie for WVUsports.com
September 23, 2010 01:15 PM
LANDOVER, Md. – FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, announced today that it has added two more exciting college football games to its already unmatched slate. Brigham Young University and West Virginia University will play on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, and Maryland will host Texas on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

The BYU-WVU game will mark the first meeting between the schools’ football programs. Texas holds a 3-0 series advantage over Maryland. The last meeting between the programs was in the 1978 Sun Bowl.

“We are pleased to host these matchups at FedExField,” Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. “We strive to bring a number of high-profile sporting and entertainment events to FedExField as a benefit to our season ticketholders and the rest of the metropolitan area, and these games are great examples.”

Redskins’ premium season ticketholders enjoy a right of first refusal for tickets to events held at FedExField. Information on tickets sales and kickoff time will be released at a later date.

Texas and BYU are two of only five programs nationally to win 10 or more games each of the past four seasons. From 2006 through 2009 BYU compiled a record of 43-9, while Texas has gone 45-8 over that same time span, including a National Championship Game berth this past January. West Virginia has been one of the elite programs in the nation, winning eight or more games for eight straight years, receiving AP Top 25 billing for the past five years, including three in the Top 10 finishes, and earning eight straight bowl trips. Maryland has been in a bowl game six of the last nine years.

FedExField will also host other high-profile college football games such as Penn State vs. Indiana on Nov. 20, 2010; Notre Dame vs. Maryland on Nov. 12, 2011; the 112th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 10, 2011; and Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati in 2012.

Earlier this season FedExField hosted the nationally-televised game between No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech.

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck

“BYU has been one of the consistently powerful programs over the last 35-40 years,” WVU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Oliver Luck said. “In so many ways, LaVell Edwards reminds me of Don Nehlen. Both built solid foundations at their respective schools. Anybody that has played quarterback in the NCAA has enormous respect for the quarterback tradition at BYU since the early 1970s.

“FedExField is one of the nation’s great venues. Being able to play a game in the Washington, D.C., area, is very important for our alumni and the Mountaineer fans in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland areas and also along the Atlantic seaboard.”

BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe

“This is unique opportunity for our fans on the east coast to see our football team play in person,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “West Virginia is a very good football program and FedExField is a fantastic NFL venue. It’s a great opportunity for our program.”



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