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BYU football confirms game against Notre Dame in Las Vegas in 2022

By Jared Lloyd - | Sep 28, 2021

BYU football fans cheer on their team during the 27-17 Cougar win over Arizona State at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Marcia Harris, Special to the Daily Herald)

For many years one of the popular inquiries for BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe during press conferences was what was happening with the scheduled game against Notre Dame.

The Cougars had originally scheduled six games with the Irish, four in South Bend and two in Provo, but that was shortened to a three-game series when Notre Dame made a scheduling agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Holmoe had always said he was confident the Cougars and the Irish would eventually figuring something out.

Now, officially, they have.

Rumors the BYU would play Notre Dame in Las Vegas in 2022 surfaced earlier this month but now the Cougars have confirmed that the game will take place on Oct. 8, 2022, and will be on NBC.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to return to Allegiant Stadium and face Notre Dame,” Holmoe said in a press release. “This has been a process, with a lot of back-and-forth, to be able to find a return game in this series that would work for both sides. We feel very good about playing this game in Las Vegas, where Cougar Nation always shows out, and look forward to an incredible matchup and atmosphere.”

This last addition now finalizes who BYU will face in its final season of independence before it joins the Big 12 Conference in 2023. BYU will play road games at Oregon, Stanford, Boise State, South Florida and Liberty, while hosting Arkansas, Baylor, Utah State, East Carolina, Wyoming and Dixie State in LaVell Edwards Stadium as well as the neutral site game against the Irish.

Here is the complete release from BYU:

“BYU and Notre Dame today announced the two schools have agreed to face off in football in 2022 in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

T”he game will be played on Saturday, Oct. 8 and will be televised nationally on NBC. Game time, ticketing and other details will be announced at a later date.

“‘We are really excited about the opportunity to return to Allegiant Stadium and face Notre Dame,’ said Tom Holmoe, BYU director of athletics. ‘This has been a process, with a lot of back-and-forth, to be able to find a return game in this series that would work for both sides. We feel very good about playing this game in Las Vegas, where Cougar Nation always shows out, and look forward to an incredible matchup and atmosphere.’

“The matchup will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first contest played at a neutral site in the series that began in 1992. Notre Dame holds a 6-2 advantage in the series, including wins in the previous three matchups, all in South Bend, including the most recent game in 2013. BYU last defeated the Irish in Provo with a 20-17 victory in 2004. The Cougars also won 21-14 in 1994 at Notre Dame after dropping the first two games of the series.

“The Fighting Irish and BYU are both currently ranked among the top-15 teams in the country. Notre Dame is No. 7 in the USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll and No. 9 in The AP Top 25, while the Cougars are ranked No. 13 in AP and No. 15 by the coaches. Both schools have been among the nation’s winningest programs over the past 50 seasons. BYU ranks No. 8 in total wins with 425 and Notre Dame is No. 17 with 392 in that time span.

“BYU will be returning to Allegiant Stadium for the second-straight season. The Cougars opened the 2021 season with a 24-16 win over Arizona in the Vegas Kickoff Classic. Under current BYU head coach Kalani Sitake, the Cougars have played seven games in NFL stadiums since 2016, earning a 4-3 record.

“With the Notre Dame game finalized for next season, BYU now has agreements with all 12 opponents for its final season of independence in 2022 before the Cougars officially join the Big 12 Conference in 2023.

“In addition to the neutral-site game with Notre Dame, BYU will play road games at Oregon, Stanford, Boise State, South Florida and Liberty, while hosting Arkansas, Baylor, Utah State, East Carolina, Wyoming and Dixie State in LaVell Edwards Stadium. Dates and ticketing information will be announced at a later date.”

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